Legendary songwriter and producer Cowboy Jack Clement passed away yesterday August 8, 2013 in Nashville at the age of 82. I loved the songs he wrote for Johnny Cash: “Guess Things Happen That Way” and “Ballad of a Teenage Queen”.
Clement also produced “Ring of Fire’ for Cash interpreting the latter’s vision a of dream to hear mariachi horns on the recording. The late Merle Kilgore, co-writer of the song along with June Carter, remembered in interview how Clement sat in the control room during the recording whomping the chords on his big Gibson guitar. According to Kilgore it is the secret to what made the song sound so special. Here’s to you Jack!