Townes Van Zandt
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1944-03-07
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Townes Van Zandt

Biography

John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are considered standards of ...

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Biography

John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are considered standards of their genre. He had a small and devoted fanbase, but never had a successful album or single and even had difficulty keeping his recordings in print. In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song "Pancho and Lefty", scoring a number one hit on the Billboard country music charts. Much of his life was spent touring various dive bars, often living in cheap motel rooms, backwoods cabins, etc.

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She Came And She Touched Me
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No Lonesome Tune
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Like A Summer Thursday
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Like A Summer Thursday
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Snow Don't Fall
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Snow Don't Fall
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Heavenly Houseboat Blues
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Heavenly Houseboat Blues
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Lungs
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Lungs
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Kathleen
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Kathleen
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White Freight Liner Blues
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White Freight Liner Blues
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At My Window
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At My Window
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When She Don't Need Me
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When She Don't Need Me
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No Place To Fall
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No Place To Fall
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For The Sake Of The Song
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For The Sake Of The Song
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Our Mother The Mountain
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Townes Van Zandt Biography

John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer-songwriter. Many of his songs, including "If I Needed You" and "To Live Is to Fly", are considered standards of their genre. He had a small and devoted fanbase, but never had a successful album or single and even had difficulty keeping his recordings in print. In 1983, six years after Emmylou Harris had first popularized it, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song "Pancho and Lefty", scoring a number one hit on the Billboard country music charts. Much of his life was spent touring various dive bars, often living in cheap motel rooms, backwoods cabins, etc.

He suffered from a series of drug addictions, alcoholism, and bipolar disorder. When young, insulin shock therapy erased much of his long-term memory.

Van Zandt died on New Years Day 1997 from health problems stemming from years of substance abuse. The 2000s saw a resurgence of interest in Van Zandt. During the decade, two books, a documentary film titled Be Here to Love Me, and a number of magazine articles about the singer were created.

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