40 Nights Archive: Cowboy Jack Clement and the late Charlie Louvin, together in Jack’s home (aka The Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa) in Nashville. May 11, 2010. Photo by Steve LaBate.
When you’re talking about rock & roll, it’s important to know your roots. These two guys are a great place to start…
Producer, songwriter and recording pioneer Clement got his start at Memphis’ legendary Sun Studio, where he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, recording "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On" while his boss Sam Phillips was out of town. Throughout his career, Clement has worked with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Paul McCartney, U2 and his close friend Johnny Cash, who covered several Clement tunes including "Guess Things Happen that Way," which was a hit for Cash in 1978. He’s also infinitely quotable, and his saying, “Remember, we’re in the fun business, and if we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our jobs,” became a mantra for Scott and I on the road during the filming of 40 Nights of Rock & Roll.
Charlie Louvin, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 83, comprised one half of country-gospel duo The Louvin Brothers. He and his brother Ira’s close-harmony singing left an unmistakable stamp on early rock & roll artists like the Everly Brothers and The Beatles, who in turn went on to influence millions of future rockers.
40 Nights Day 11 video blog, featuring Jack Clement, Charlie Louvin and more.
Clip from Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement’s Home Movies, featuring Johnny Cash.