One of the most opportune, creative, and maverick characters in American music history, singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, and song publisher Jack Clement has an amazingly long and varied music résumé that includes working with all manner of musicians ranging from Louis Armstrong, Doc Watson to U2 , Johnny Cash, and Townes Van Zandt. Clement was born in Whitehaven, TN, in 1931, the son of a choir director. He began playing music professionally during a 1948-1952 stint in the U.S. Marines. After some time in college, Clement settled in Memphis, where he started Fernwood Records with Slim Wallace, recording artists in Wallace's garage. After hearing some tracks from these garage sessions in 1956, Sam Phillips of Sun Records hired Clement as an engineer and producer (as well as a sometimes recording artist) for the label. A key architect of the famed Sun sound, Clement worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Charlie Rich at Sun Studios over the next three years (turning out some of the most famous and pivotal recordings in rock & roll history) before leaving in 1959 to set up his own studios.