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Cowboy Jack Clement Dies at 82

 
Cowboy Jack Clement Dies at 82
Posted August 8th, 2013 @ 12:41pm

Cowboy Jack Clement has died at the age of 82.

Clement has worked with some of the biggest names in country music.  He's produced records for Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Eddy Arnold, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charley Pride, Doc Watson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris and Townes Van Zandt.  Outside of country music, he's worked with U2 and Louis Armstrong.

He wrote hits for Cash, Jennings, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and many others.

In 1954, Sam Phillips hired Clement to work as a producer at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.  There he worked with that label's legendary stable of artists.  After leaving Memphis, Clement spent a couple of years at RCA Records before opening his own studio in Beaumont, Texas.

Cowboy Jack Clement returned to Nashville in 1965.  He became one of the most important figures in country music for decades.

At a tribute to Clement earlier this year, dozens of celebrities were on hand to honor the legend.  There were performances by Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Sam Bush, Jakob Dylan, Dan Auerbach, and several others.  Video messages came from Bono, Taylor Swift, and Marty Stuart.

Below are a few songs that Clement either wrote or produced (Clement produced Ring of Fire)

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