August 9, 2013
Cowboy Jack Passes at 82
The music world lost another legend yesterday, August 8th, as Cowboy Jack Clement passed in his home at the age of 82. He was to be officially inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.
Clement worked at Sun in the mid-50s as an engineer, producer, songwriter and artist. He auditioned Jerry Lee Lewis while Sam Phillips was out of town and wrote “It’ll Be Me”, the B side of “Whole Lot Of Shaking Goin’ On”. Cowboy Jack also discovered and produced Charley Pride, the first Black Country music star. Clement was possibly best known for writing two of Johnny Cash’s hits, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”. He also produced some of the Johnny Cash Sun masters and was a lifetime friend of Cash.
Jack will surely be missed by many across the world, but his influence and legend will leave a permanent mark on the entertainment industry.