"Cowboy" Jack Clement, 1931-2013
Until I read his obituary I was not familiar with Mr. Clement by name but I know his work.
“Cowboy” Jack Clement, who became one of the most influential backstage forces in country and rock music by producing artists ranging from Johnny Cash to U2 and by helping discover performers such as Jerry Lee Lewis and groundbreaking black country star Charley Pride, died Aug. 8 at his home in Nashville. He was 82.Godspeed, Cowboy.
“Jack was a musical mastermind, in a sense, but what made him stand out to people was he had this sense of fun and a little bit of mischief in everything he did,” said Michael McCall, a historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. “He had a whimsical, creative spirit about him, and he inspired that in other people. In an industry that puts a high value on conformity, he was the ultimate non-conformist, and people loved him for it.”