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'.