Published Aug 08, 2013The country music world has suffered a loss with the passing of "Cowboy" Jack Clement, who died at home today (August 8) in Nashville following a battle with liver cancer. He was 82.
The multi-talent Clement was a songwriter, producer and engineer whose career dates to the '50s. He was a close associate of Johnny Cash, having arranged the horns on "Ring of Fire" and having written hits like "Ballad of a Teenage Queen," "Guess Things Happen That Way" and "The One on the Right Is on the Left."
He worked as a producer for companies like Sun Records and RCA during their prime, and his credits include U2, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt and Emmylou Harris. Clement also recorded Charley Pride, and helped to spread the word about the singer during the midst of the Civil Rights movement.
Additionally, the Tennessean notes that Clement founded a home studio called the Cowboy Arms & Recording Spa, launched the label JMI Records in the '70s, was a U.S. Marine, worked as a dance instructor, and produced the horror film Dear Dead Delilah. He was accepted into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier in 2013, with the official induction coming later in the year.
Read more about him at his website.