Townes Van Zandt
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1944-03-07
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Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt Biography (Wikipedia)

John Townes Van Zandt (March 7, 1944 – January 1, 1997), best known as Townes Van Zandt, was an American singer songwriter. He is widely regarded for his poetic, often heroically sad songs. 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 and backwoods cabins. For much of the 1970s, he lived in a simple shack without electricity or a phone.

He suffered from a series of drug addictions, alcoholism, and the psychiatric diagnosis bipolar disorder. When he was young, the now discredited insulin shock therapy erased much of his long-term memory.

Van Zandt died on New Years Day 1997 from cardiac arrythmia caused by 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 written.

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Dead Flowers
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Dead Flowers
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When She Don't Need Me
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When She Don't Need Me
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Pueblo Waltz
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Pueblo Waltz
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Who Do You Love
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Who Do You Love
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Waiting 'Round To Die
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Waiting 'Round To Die
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Dollar Bill Blues
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Dollar Bill Blues
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Kathleen
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Kathleen
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If I Needed You
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If I Needed You
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Heavenly Houseboat Blues
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Heavenly Houseboat Blues
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Pancho And Lefty
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Pancho And Lefty
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For The Sake Of The Song
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For The Sake Of The Song
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No Place To Fall
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No Place To Fall
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Waitin' Around To Die (Heartworn Highways Version)
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Waitin' Around To Die (Heartworn Highways Version)
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Ain't Leavin' Your Love
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Ain't Leavin' Your Love
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To Live Is To Fly
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To Live Is To Fly
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She Came And She Touched Me
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She Came And She Touched Me
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Like A Summer Thursday
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Like A Summer Thursday
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