Cowboy Jack Clement, a true music legend, passes


Among a zillion other things, Cowboy Jack Clement was the engineer at Sun Records who got inspired when Jerry Lee Lewis and other musicians were jamming, started mixing on the fly, and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” was recorded in one take. He was beyond a legend.

From his website

A short list of those who have worked with Jack:

Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Chet Atkins, Buzz Busby, Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson, U2, Louis Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Frank Yankovic, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddy Arnold, Doc Watson, Ivory Joe Hunter, Allen Reynolds (producer of Garth Brooks), George Jones, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison, Billy Lee Riley, Zell Miller, Jim Rooney, John Prine, Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Bob McDill, Dickey Lee, Billy Burnette.

Not The Singularity has videos of five Townes Van Zandt tracks Cowboy Jack produced

Legends tend to do indisputably legendary shit, like, oh, say, discovering The Killer, or producing Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings (to say nothing of U2). Country Music hall of famer Cowboy Jack Clement passed away yesterday having left a legacy that was undoubtedly monumental.

But he also took less heralded but arguably equally noteworthy gigs that, to me, truly cement his import to modern popular music, like producing several key albums by the late Townes Van Zandt, one of the finest songwriters in American music history.