Cowboy Jack Clement Dies at 82



Sad news comes to us today. As reported by CMT, The Tennessean and others, legendary producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and onetime Sun Records employee Cowboy Jack Clement died today, Aug. 8, in his Nashville home. He was 82, and had been battling liver cancer.

Clement was known for writing "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" and "Guess Things Happen That Way" among countless others, as well as for producing records by artists including Johnny Cash, Charlie Pride, Louis Armstrong, John Prine, U2, Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams Jr. Clement — who graced our cover back in January in advance of that star-studded tribute concert at War Memorial Auditorium — was announced as a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in April under the "Non-Performer" category, though fans of Cowboy know he was as much a performer and entertainer as he was a writer and producer.

In addition to his musical talents, Clement was also known to many as a generous host and a colorful raconteur — he showed off his legendary status as a storyteller even into his final days. Have a look after the jump at an episode of Noisey's Guitar Moves, wherein Clement tells host Matt Sweeney an absolutely classic story about the writing of Jerry Lee Lewis' "It'll Be Me."

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