Zeke became known as the "Dixie Yodeler" and was born in Central Alabama near the town of Warrior, of English
and Cherokee Indian descent.
He began his singing career learning his songs from the old time residents
of central Alabama. Zeke's radio career has carried him to over 44 states
and he has been featured on innumerable radio stations; he has been
featured on all of the major networks. He played the guitar, sang and composed.
And back in 1942, yes, for the ladies, he was still single.
Zeke's picture career gave him spots in some 200 major Hollywood
pictures. The high spot of his career? He did the voice of "Bashful" in
Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". His yodeling sequence
in the "Silly" song caused much favorable comments in the press at the time.
Was on the Opry at various times in the late 30's and 40's, moved and pursued other
business interests but moved back to Nashville and made appearances on the Opry in the 80's.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
- 1928, radio debut on WLS National Barn Dance
- Later, joined band of Otto Gray and the Oklahoma Cowboys as guitarist and vocalist.
- 1930's, joined the Grand Ole Opry.
- Formed own band, the Bronco Busters while on Opry; featured Texas Ruby
Owens as female vocalist and band included his brother, Stanley 'Curley' Clements.
- 1938, voice of BAshful in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Often called Alabama Cowboy
Credits & Sources
- Most of above from "Original Songs by Zeke Clements The Dixie Yodeler"
(published by the Grand Ole Opry, copyright 1942)