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Jack Clement's career in American popular music is unparalleled - from the signature horn riff of "Ring of Fire" to the wild abandon of the Killer doing "Great Balls of Fire", from Satchmo to Bono, from working with Pop Stoneman, whose first recordings were on Edison cylinders, to deejaying a show on satellite radio. That pretty much covers it.

Jack Clement and Johnny Cash

Any one of the roles detailed below would have been a noteworthy career by itself. Oh, and he also founded a couple record companies, Fernwood with Scotty Moore, in a garage in Memphis where the 1959 hit "Tragedy" was recorded, and JMI, Jack's early '70s label that launched the career of Don Williams.

The Many Careers of Jack Clement

NSAI Hall of Fame / American Music Assn Lifetime Achievement Award
Ballad of a Teenage Queen ~ Miller's Cave ~ I Know One ~ Just Someone I Used to Know ~ Guess Things Happen That Way ~ It'll Be Me ~ Let's All Help The Cowboy (Sing the Blues)~ Dirty Ol' Egg Sucking Dog ~ many more


Johnny Cash ~ Waylon Jennings ~ U2 ~ Charley Pride ~ Louis Armstrong ~ Doc Watson ~ Jerry Lee Lewis ~ Townes Van Zandt ~ Eddy Arnold ~ Frank Yankovic ~ Carl Perkins ~ more


Catfish John ~ She Thinks I Still Care ~ Dreaming My Dreams ~ Amanda ~ Be Here To Love Me ~ Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger ~ Keep Me From Blowing Away ~ many more


Sun Records singles (1956-1959) ~ All I Want To Do In Life (1978) ~ Guess Things Happen That Way (2004)



at left: celebrating with RCA head Chet Atkins a few of the gold records won by Charley Pride during an incredible run from the mid-60s-mid70s when he was the label's top-selling country artist (Elvis was second). This picture appeared in a special insert section of Billboard (June 1972) dedicated to Jack - click to enlarge.
Jack Clement had his hand in thousands of records as a writer, producer, publisher, studio owner, singer, mentor, or just grabbing someone by the shoulders and pointing them in the right direction. Take a look at the back covers of what seems like most of the hit albums that came out of Nashville from the late 60s through the 70s, and you'll find reference to Jack Clement Recording Studio, which is currently The Sound Emporium.

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