I have the sad duty of reporting that country singer Claude King has died.
The reports of King's death stated he was found unresponsive in bed at his Shreveport home this morning (3/7).
Claude King was an overnight success ten years in the making. He was one of the original members of the Louisiana Hayride, performing in his native Louisiana and regionally. In 1962 he became a household name when the Merle Kilgore composition about a protective Ozark mountain father, "Wolverton Mountain," became a huge country and pop hit. He continued with hits including a cover of Johnny Horton's "All of the Love of a Girl" in 1969, with a total of 30 songs hitting the Billboard country chart.
Claude King turned 90 last month, and also recently celebrated his 67th wedding anniversary. Farewell to this great talent.