Yodeling Slim Clark

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 2000s

Biography

Raymond LeRoy Clark, 11 December 1917, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, d. 5 July 2000, St. Albans, Maine, USA. Although Clark grew up listening to country music, he wanted to be a professional baseball player, but an injury to his pitching arm ruined his aspirations. He was then determined to follow the style of his favourite singer, Wilf Carter (Montana Slim). (Clark’s son was named Wilf Carter Clark.) He copied Carter’s yodel and made his first radio broadcast in 1938. He formed the Red River Rangers, whose line-up included Kenny Roberts, who went on to solo success. Clark first recorded in 1946 and he was named the World’s Champion Yodeller in 1947. He made several albums of old-time cowboy songs and was an acknowledged authority on the subject.

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