GRAMMY-nominated producer and country singer/songwriter Cowboy Jack Clement died Aug. 8 following a lengthy illness. He was 82. Born in Whitehaven, Tenn., Clement served in the U.S. Marines from 1948–1952 where he performed as part of the Tennessee Troupers. In 1953 Clement teamed with Buzz Busby to form the bluegrass band Buzz And Jack And The Bayou Boys. In 1956 he joined Memphis' Sun Records as a producer/engineer and worked with artists such as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins, among others. In 1961 Clement co-founded Hall-Clement Music publishing company with Bill Hall. The company yielded several No. 1 hits, including Cash's "Ring Of Fire" and "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen," and George Jones' "She Thinks I Still Care." In 1978 Clement made his debut as an artist, releasing the album All I Want To Do In Life. Clement earned two GRAMMY nominations throughout his career for Best Country & Western Recording as a producer on Charley Pride's "Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger" and Tompall And The Glaser Brothers' "Through The Eyes Of Love." He will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 27.
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