Sanford Clark -Remembered
It was confirmed today that the Rockabilly and country performer Sanford Clark died yesterday in a hospital in Joplin, Missouri. Clark had originally been hospitalized for cancer treatment contracted the corona- virus, the said cause of his death.
Sanford Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1935 and later moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In Phoenix, Clark crossed paths with Lee Hazelwood. Clark’s most famous recording was “The Fool.” Written and produced by Lee Hazelwood.
Hazelwood worked as a radio disk jockey and wrote songs, he had just begun a new record label, Viv. “The Fool” would become Lee Hazelwood’s first hit as a producer and a songwriter when Clark recorded the song. Hazelwood later found large success with artists Duane Eddy in a string of hits such as “Rebel Rouser.” Probably Hazelwood’s most famous work was writing the song,”These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” recorded by Nancy Sinatra.
“The Fool” was covered by many artists including Elvis Presley. In 1965 Sanford Clark re-recorded the song and featured Waylon Jennings on guitar. This most popular song of Sanford Clark was featured in the Netflix film, Win It All, and in the movie Dallas Buyers Club which starred Matthew McConaughey.
In Rock n Roll Superstar, Keith Richards’, book titled “Life,” Richards credits a song written by Sanford Clark, “Son of a Gun” as one of the first songs he learned and performed on stage, even before he formed The Rolling Stones.
Sanford Clark made history with his music, with a career spanning from 1955 to 2017. He Shall be remembered.