Country legend Cowboy Jack Clement passes away

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Well Heaven's added one more to its band today.

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee-elect Cowboy Jack Clement passed away at his home in Nashville today after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 82.

Clement was born in Memphis in 1931. After a time in the Marines, he began his musical career in 1956 when he hired on at Sun Records as a producer and
engineer. There he worked with Roy Orbison, Carl
Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. During his career, Clement produced Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," worked with George Jones, and had songs he wrote recorded by Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Elvis,  and Charlie Pride, just to name a few.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of Clement's long and illustrious career. CMT and USA Today both have nice remembrances if you'd like to read more. 

Cowboy Jack Clement is survived by his daughter Allison and son Niles. He will be officially inducted into the Country Music HOF along with Kenny Rogers and Bobby Bare on October 27.

Funeral and/or memorial services have not been announced yet.