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Country music icon Cowboy Jack Clement dies

Country music icon Cowboy Jack Clement dies

Legendary country star Cowboy Jack Clement has died at the age of 82. Photo: Associated Press

Legendary country star Cowboy Jack Clement has died at the age of 82.

The revered singer/songwriter and producer passed away at his Nashville home on Thursday morning after a long illness, reports CMT.

Born Jack Henderson Clement in Memphis the joined the Marines when he was still a teenager and served his country for four years before embarking on a career in music.

He formed his first band, a bluegrass group called Buzz and Jack & the Bayou Boys in 1953, but soon found fame as a producer and songwriter, picking up work at the Tennessee-based Sun Records, where he collaborated with a young Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.

He went on to work at RCA Records and then teamed up with the likes of Dickey Lee, Allen Reynolds and George Jones, who he convinced to record a cover of Lee’s “She Thinks I Still Care,” which became a big hit in 1962.

Clement also produced Cash’s signature tune “Ring of Fire,” and both tracks have since been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

His other producer credits include songs by Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Charley Pride, Tom Jones and Waylon Jennings.

He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and has also been immortalized in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame online and the Music City Walk of Fame in Tennessee.

In April, Clement was announced as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.

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