Jerry Clower Biography

28 September 1926, Amite County, Mississippi, USA, d. 24 August 1998, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. During the Depression, Clower’s father went to Memphis to look for work but took to drink and neglected his family. His 17-year-old mother moved back to her father’s farm in Liberty, Mississippi, and when she remarried, they moved to another farm. Clower worked on the farm and served on an aircraft carrier during World War II. He married in 1947 and obtained a degree in agriculture in 1951. As a salesman in Yazoo, Mississippi, he found that he sold more fertilizer if he amused his customers. He developed a club act and, dressed in gaudy suits and with a loud voice, he became known as ‘The Mouth of Mississippi’. His first album, Jerry Clower From Yazoo City, was released on a small label and, when it sold by word of mouth in large quantities, he was signed to MCA Records. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1973. He was also a Baptist minister and an active member of the Gideon Bible Society.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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