by Chris Davis
Clement penned the Johnny Cash hit "Ballad of a Teenage Queen," and the classic country weeper "Just a Girl I Used to Know." He arranged the mariachi horns for Cash's "Ring of Fire," and produced Waylon Jennings' definitive "Dreaming My Dreams."
Those lucky enough to catch Clement live also know that this one-time Arthur Murray dance instructor with a love of English literature could make Hamlet's famous "to be or not to be" speech feel like a back porch recitation.
Clement was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the spring of this year.
Robert Gordon's playful documentary, embedded above, captures Clement's playful, iconoclastic spirit.