Sun Records artist, Cowboy Jack Clement, along with Bobby Bare and Kenny Rogers have been inducted in to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Clement joins music legends Gene Autry, Chet Atkins, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, as well as Sun legends Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Charley Pride, and many more.
Clement worked at Sun in the mid-50s as an engineer, producer, songwriter and artist. He auditioned Jerry Lee Lewis while Sam Phillips was out of town and wrote “It’ll Be Me”, the B side of “Whole Lot Of Shaking Goin’ On”. Cowboy Jack also discovered and produced Charley Pride, the first Black Country music star. Clement was possibly best known for writing two of Johnny Cash’s hits, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”. He also produced some of the Johnny Cash Sun masters and was a lifetime friend of Cash.
Read more about Clement and the other Hall of Fame inductees in an article published by The Tennessean.
On this day in 1952, Sam Phillips started the record label that launched careers for so many legends. 61 years later, Sun Records is as iconic as ever. Happy Birthday, Sun!
As was stated in an earlier post, Jack Clement was honored by some of today’s biggest artists, all of which have taken influence from him in one way or another. Recently, he was recognized my the First Lady, Michelle Obama. The congratulatory note is posted below.
I heard you were being honored, and I wanted to write you a short note to say congratulations. Throughout your remarkable career you have helped inspire some of our Nation’s most treasured musicians, and I know your legacy will live on in Nashville and beyond.
As you look back on your career, I hope you take great pride in all that you have accomplished over the years. Again, thank you for your many contributions to the music community, and I wish you all the best.
This May, the infamous Beale Street in Memphis, TN will get a new Rock & Roll club. The Jerry Lee Lewis Cafe & Honky Tonk is slated to open May 1, 2013 at 310 Beale Street. Details of Jerry Lee’s appearance for the opening are still being worked out.
More info on the opening provided by The Commercial Appeal:
The restaurant will offer live Rock & Roll music and will feature memorabilia of Lewis including his motorcycle, piano, posters and clothes he wore on stage.
The food will be “all southern, from Louisiana to low country to Mississippi to Memphis.” The decor will not be set in the ’50s, the era Lewis rose to fame, general manager Bud Chittom said. “It will not be a sock hop or malt shop. It’s a honky-tonk and cafe. Those haven’t changed in 60 years.”
Read the entire article, here.
Jack Clement is probably one of the most under-rated artists on the Sun Records roster. Not many people know it, but Jack got his start at Sun running the mixing board for recording sessions with Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Another Sun Records artist, Elvis Presley, even opened up for Clement at the Memphis club The Eagle’s Nest. He’s the writer for two of Cash’s most famous songs, “Ballad of a Teenage Queen” and “Guess Things Happen That Way”.
This Wednesday, January 30, Cowboy Jack will be honored by some of the artists he has influenced during his long career. Artists include Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett, Kris Kristofferson, Dan Auerbach, Jakob Dylan, and many more. Get tickets and more information here.
The Nashville Scene wrote a great piece in this weeks issue, highlighting Cowboy Jacks career. Read the entire article here.
The retro-review website has reviewed another Sun Records release. Johnny Cash, All Aboard The Blue Train, was released in November of 1962. This is definitely one of our favorites, and sounds even better if you are lucky enough to have it on vinyl.
“Combining a number of his hits up to that point and putting them together as a train-centric piece, Blue Train is essentially a glorified compilation album, albeit a surprisingly good one.”
Click here to read the entire article.
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame will honor a great initial class of inductees that helped shape the music we know and love today. Among the class of 2012 are Sun legends Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.
Learn more about the Memphis Music Hall of Fame here.
Nashville’s Minor League Baseball team, The Sounds, will celebrate the legacy of Elvis Presley on Taco Bell Throwback Thursday for Elvis Night. Any fan named Elvis or Priscilla will receive free admission with a valid ID while all fans are encouraged to dress as Elvis or in Elvis attire to be eligible to win prizes throughout the evening. Come to the ballpark early, as the first 500 fans will receive a fan, courtesy of Sun Records. An Elvis impersonator kicks off the special evening with special sandwiches at concession stands for one night only.
For Taco Bell Throwback Thursday, Sounds players will be wearing retro 1980s-style uniforms while fans enjoy concession stands filled with discounted pricing. College students receive one (1) $5 General Admission ticket with a college ID and all fans receive one (1) $5 General Admission ticket with a valid Taco Bell receipt. Game time is 7:05 pm.
Click here for more information.