Jack Clements, Country Music Icon, Dies Of Cancer Aged 82
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, a country music legend, died yesterday of liver cancer aged 82. He worked through his extensive career with the likes of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dolly Parton.
Jack Clement, a Nashville country music legend, died yesterday (8th August) at the age of 82. He had been suffering from cancer of the liver and died at his home in Nashville, according to reports in The Tennessean.
Jerry Lee Lewis, photographed performing in Las Vegas in 2011, worked with Jack Clement.
Over his 50 year career, Clement worked with artists hailing from all genres of music. Despite his interests lying primarily in country music, he has produced records by Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass and Gospel amongst many others.
Clement, often called "Cowboy Jack", was born in Memphis, Tennessee on April 5th 1931. Despite performing from an early age, Clement did not immediately pursue a career in music but attended the Memphis State University. Whilst studying, he continued to perform and was given his "Cowboy" nickname.
After leaving university he worked for Sun Records as a producer and sound technician. Whilst at Sun Records, the talented producer, songwriter and musician worked with the likes of Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. After leaving the record company, Clement went on to work at RCA Records where he worked on Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire' and with George Jones.
U2, pictured at the 2011 Q Awards, London, worked with Clements in 1987.
He later worked with such artists as Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, Garth Brooks, Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson. He worked more recently with U2, producing two tracks on their 1987 album Rattle and Hum.
Clement was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. He was previously inducted into the Music City Hall of Fame and the Rockability Hall of Fame.
Clement is survived by his son and daughter, Niles and Alison.
Contactmusic sends their condolences to Jack Clement's family and friends.
Dolly Parton, at a L.A. VH1 event, also worked with Clements.