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Zeke Clements
Born:  September 6, 1911
Died:  June 4, 1994
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1971)
KWKH Louisiana Hayride
WLS National Barn Dance
WSM Grand Ole Opry
WCAU Philadelphia, PA
WLW Cincinnati, OH
WSM Nashville, TN
WLS Chicago, IL (1929)
WHO Des Moines, IA (1935)

About The Artist

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)

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

 
Black & White
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  10013 A Blue Mexico Skies
  10013 B Nobody Loves Me
  10014 A You're Free Again
  10014 B It's My Life
  10017 A Oklahoma Blues
  10017 B I'll Face The World With A Smile
  10019 A Honest I'm Honest
  10019 B Am I Too Late
  10021 A Lookin' For An Angel Like You
  10021 B It Won't Do You No Good
 
Blazon
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  10 A Nobody Loves Me
  10 B It's My Life
  101 A Am I Too Late
  101 B Honest I'm Honest
  102 A Thank You Lord
  102 B I Love The Name Of Jesus
  11 A I'll Face The World With A Smile
  11 B It Won't Do You No Good
  8 B Am I Too Late
  8 B Oklahoma Blues
 
Bullet
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  653 A Brown's Ferry Boogie
  653 B In The Valley Of My Dreams
  668 A I Won't Be Here To Love You Anymore
  668 B I Dreamed I Spent Christmas In Heaven
 
Dot
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  15440 A Blue Mexico Skies
  15440 B You're Free Again
 
Janet
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  EP 301 A I Don't Like It
  EP 301 B Here My Love Calling Me
  EP 301 C I'm Goin' Steppin' Out With You
  EP 301 D I've Tried To Forget You
 
Liberty
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  36893 A New Smoke On The Water
  36893 B I'll Have To Live And Learn
  36954 A You're Free Again
  36954 B Honest I'm Honest With You
  5 A Blue Mexico Skies
  5 B Looking For An Angel Like You
  8 A Oklahoma Blues
  8 B Am I Too Late
 
MGM
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  10437 A The Price I Paid For Loving You
  10437 B I Wanted To, But I Didn't Know How
  10552 A Louisiana
  10552 B Girl That Done Me Wrong
  10659 A Guitar Waltz
  10659 B Just Look At You Now
  10811 A I Tried
  10811 B Blue Mexico Skies
  10965 A Ridin' Down The River
  10965 B In The Valley Of My Dreams
  11399 A There's Poison In Your Heart
  11399 B Payday Saturday Night
  11495 A If I Had Known
  11495 B Every Day Should Be Mother's Day
  11640 A Wont'cha' Love Me
  11640 B I Want To Live A Little
  11701 A Thank You Lord
  11701 B I Love The Name Of Jesus
  11852 A Blue Texas Blues
  11852 B Baby What'cha' Doin' To-Nite
  11872 A Christmas Star
  11872 B It's Christmas Time
  12016 A Clicking Castanets
  12016 B I've Got A Lot To Learn


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