‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement dies at 82
He was to be inducted at a ceremony this fall.
He invited a young Elvis Presley to sit in his band occasionally after returning to Memphis to attend college, where he picked up the nickname 'Cowboy' for his role in a radio show. nimble thinking helped Clement insert himself into another historic moment - the fleeting few hours when Presley, Cash, Lewis and Perkins found themselves together in the store-front Union Avenue studio and decided to mess around a little.
The result was 'The Million Dollar Quartet'. 'After a while, Sam went next door to Taylor's restaurant', Clement said in a 2010 interview with The Commercial Appeal of Memphis. 'And I was sitting in the control room, turning up some knobs and I heard what they were doing. I remember I stood up and said, 'I'd be remiss if I didn't record this'. So I stuck a tape on, walked out in the studio and moved a few mics around, and I just let it run for about an hour and a half or so. Nobody seemed to object'.
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.