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Hazel Smith


Tompall Glaser, Dr. Hook, Country Music Magazine/ Country Weekly Magazine,, WFMS Radio, Songwriter, Author

The name stuck, and in 1976, "Wanted The Outlaws," a compilation record by Jennings, Jessie Colter, Nelson and Glaser became the first platinum country record.

The songwriter soon began writing a column for Country Music Magazine, which she continued for 30 years moving then to Country Weekly Magazine.

In 1970, Hazel Smith moved her sons and her possessions to Nashville from Caswell County, North Carolina, eventually finding work with Tompall Glaser and Waylon Jennings.

Hazel coined the phrase "outlaw music" in 1973 to define the self-produced hard-driving music of Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and the hat-wearing cowboys that were recording.

Her newsy daily radio show appears on WFMS in Indianapolis, and her cookbook Hazel's Hot Dish: Cookin' With Country Stars landed her on Ellen and Emeril Live. For four years, Hazel has written the weekly Hot Dish column on She also served an eight- year stint as director of operations for the pop group Dr. Hook and was the personal assistant for Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White Skaggs for six years. She and a partner formed Hazel & Heller Management and she represented K-Tel as A&R licensee. In 1999, Hazel received CMA's Media Achievement Award, and she served as executive producer of 2003's Waylon Jennings tribute album, I've Always Been Crazy. She is currently hosting CMT's Southern Fried Flicks weekly.

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