Country music today lost another of its brightest stars during the glory days of the Louisiana Hayride. Keithville native Claude King, who turned 90 in February, died today, according to his family.
King's recording of "Wolverton Mountain" topped country and pop charts in 1962. He had more than 30 country music hits throughout his long career.
King was frequently on the same Louisiana Hayride shows with Elivs Presley, Tex Ritter, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Webb Pierce, Kitty Wells, Jimmie Davis, Slim Whitman, Faron Young, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones and Lefty Frizzell.
In later years, King released a CD called Cowboy in the White House. Most of the songs were written or co-written by him, and co-produced with Robin Vosbury and Tillman Franks. It was released on the Sun Records label Elvis Presley's guitarist, James Burton, also performed on the album.