RIP "Cowboy" Jack Clement (1931-2013)

By Noisey Staff


To say Jack Clement was a country music legend is a vast understatement. As a songwriter and producer, Clement contributed dozens of songs to the biggest names in music, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton, and Carl Perkins. He died of liver cancer at home on Thursday.

When the 82-year-old country music legend sat down with us just a few weeks weeks ago, he was as sharp as ever, both on his guitar and with his words. Asked how he came up with the lyric, “If you find a lump in your sugar bowl,” Clement was beyond candid. “Well, I was taking a dump one night,” he started, “Songs are written from funny places sometimes.”

For his long-tenured dedication to music, Clement was rewarded with a lifetime achievement award from the Americana Music Association and inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Music City Walk of Fame.

Cowboy Jack’s contributions to the country music scene, especially in Tennessee, go far beyond the songs he recorded. His Nashville home, known as the Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa became a place where fellow cowboys could visit, stay awhile, drink, and record music. Country music truly lost a great one.