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'Cowboy' Jack Clement Passes Away At Age 82

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Cowboy Jack Clement, right, poses with Kenny Rogers, center, and Bobby Bare, left, at the announcement of the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees in April. Cowboy Jack Clement, right, poses with Kenny Rogers, center, and Bobby Bare, left, at the announcement of the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees in April.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – "Cowboy" Jack Clement, a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who helped birth rock `n' roll and push country music into modern times, has died. He was 82.

Close friend Dub Cornett said Clement's hospice nurse confirmed that Clement died Thursday morning. He passed away just months after learning he would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame, a fitting tip of the cowboy hat to the man whose personal story is entwined with the roots of rock `n' roll like few others. He was to be inducted at a ceremony later this fall.

Clement's career included stops in Memphis at Sun Records, where he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, and Nashville, where he was a close collaborator of Johnny Cash, Charley Pride and fellow 2013 inductee Bobby Bare.

He was born in the suburbs of Memphis in 1931.

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