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Wolverton Mountain [Merle Kilgore]


John in Brisbane 19 Nov 98 - 10:49 PM
Dale Rose 19 Nov 98 - 11:30 PM
Dale Rose 19 Nov 98 - 11:41 PM
John in Brisbane 20 Nov 98 - 12:01 AM
Dale Rose 20 Nov 98 - 12:06 AM
John in Brisbane 13 Jul 99 - 08:01 PM
Gene 13 Jul 99 - 11:07 PM
Alan of Australia 14 Jul 99 - 10:33 AM
Peter T. 14 Jul 99 - 10:42 AM
Dale Rose 14 Jul 99 - 11:37 AM
Banjer 14 Jul 99 - 07:05 PM
Peter T. 15 Jul 99 - 10:04 AM
Banjer 15 Jul 99 - 11:48 PM
Dale Rose 18 Jul 99 - 09:21 PM
Banjer 19 Jul 99 - 07:28 PM
Peter T. 20 Jul 99 - 10:53 AM
bob schwarer 20 Jul 99 - 02:08 PM
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Peter T. 20 Jul 99 - 02:29 PM
Banjer 20 Jul 99 - 07:15 PM
Dale Rose 01 Oct 00 - 12:45 AM
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Subject: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 19 Nov 98 - 10:49 PM

Click here for the lyrics (from our database).
The kindest thing I can say about this song ... is that the lyrics and tune are now happily re-united.

Regards John

PS Which US State lays claim to this location? Remind me never to visit.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Dale Rose
Date: 19 Nov 98 - 11:30 PM

Well, I do object just a bit to that comment. Practically every story has another side to it. Clifton Clowers died just two or three years ago, well up into his 90s. He lived just about his entire life up on (yes) Wolverton Mountain, over west of here on the other side of Van Buren County.

Up until recently, I had a copy of the Van Buren County Democrat (published weekly in Clinton, Arkansas) which contained his obituary. Just a few weeks ago, however, I donated it to the Ozark Cultural Resource Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. Otherwise, I could give you the dates, etc. There was also an article in the Chimes community news (we still have those sorts of things in the local paper) telling who went to the funeral from there, and it also took great pains to tell that Mr. Clowers was a kind and generous man who was not at all as he was portrayed in the song. During his lifetime, Mr. Clowers apparently derived a great deal of enjoyment from his rather undeserved "notoriety"

The song was written by his nephew, Merle Kilgore, in 1962.

Dale Rose, a Van Buren County, Arkansas resident, and proud to say that.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Dale Rose
Date: 19 Nov 98 - 11:41 PM

Just after finishing that, I remembered that I could search the Social Security Death Index for information on him. Here it is:

Clifton Clowers born 30 Oct 1891, died 15 Aug 1994, Residence 72031, Clinton, Arkansas

As you can see, I did get his age wrong~~he was actually nearly 103 when he died, and of course, it has been FOUR years since his death.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 20 Nov 98 - 12:01 AM

Dale, thank you for the info. No offence intended - I was honestly expecting the answer that both the place and Mr Clowers were entirely fictional. Your response certainly gives the song much more humanity.

TGIF John


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Dale Rose
Date: 20 Nov 98 - 12:06 AM

Oh, I was teasing, just as I figured you were. What I said was all true. I do regret never having met him, though.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 08:01 PM

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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Gene
Date: 13 Jul 99 - 11:07 PM

Well J/I/B
If you thought Wolverton Mountain was a hoot
then you oughta hear 3 MILE ISLAND -
a spoof on the tune by Pinkard & Bowden
email me if you want to hear it...
I'm IN THE BOOK - [er! ON THE LIST, that is]


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 10:33 AM

G'day,
Some years ago, let's say when I was 40, some young cousins of mine asked me, "Where did Clifton Clowers live?". Instant response, "Wolverton Mountain." To my surprise this resulted in howls of laughter. They then explained that it was a trivial pursuit question that none of them knew, but in a footnote to the answer was the comment that any 40 year old would know. I'd just proved it right.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Peter T.
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 10:42 AM

Dale, what is the story behind this old favourite of mine? Did the nephew just make up the story and use his uncle's name?
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Dale Rose
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 11:37 AM

That's pretty much it, Peter. Clifton Clowers, Wolverton Mountain, and the daughters (actually two of them) are real, but everything else was total fabrication. I have never been to that part of the county, (pretty rugged and relatively isolated and I don't know anyone there) but I suppose that I should go just to say that I have been there.

While thinking about a response for you, I made an internet check, and found this interview with Merle Kilgore in the Wichita (Kansas) Eagle. http://www.newstimes.com/archive97/feb0697/mug.htm It tells it pretty much the way I know the story. The only error I saw in it is the reference to Van Buren. The town of Van Buren, AR is over by Fort Smith, change that to Van Buren County for accuracy.

And for those who have been deprived of hearing this gem, there is a realaudio on this page: http://www.rockinwoman.com/memorable.html It is the type that downloads completely before playing ~~ takes a bit of time, but makes for uninterrupted listening. Lots of other good listening on the page, too.

One last comment. Back when this was popular, a friend was a DJ at the Rock station in Carbondale, Illinois. I was at the station just hanging out with Rich and looking through their reject pile of 45s ~~ I ran across TWO dj copies of the song! (They had been playing it off the album, since naturally in the beginning, it was not the sort of thing they would have put into their playlists) So WCIL got one copy and I still have the other!


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Banjer
Date: 14 Jul 99 - 07:05 PM

In my collection of vidoes called "Country's Family Reunion" Merle Kilgore tells of how he went to his uncles home and told him he had an inspiration for a song about the mountain. After he had written it he offered it to several then current arists and producers and they all laughed at him saying, "Who wants to do a song like that?" or words to that effect.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Peter T.
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 10:04 AM

Thanks Dale and Banjer for the extra work. The song is completely woven into my childhood. Of course even then I hated the stupid echo chorus. But at that time I was living near the Ozarks in Missouri, and the song always brings back those times. I guess it is a lousy song, but nothing you hear before the age of 12 is lousy, right? (Hence Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys)
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Banjer
Date: 15 Jul 99 - 11:48 PM

When Wolverton Mountain was released it was for me 'the best of times and the worst of times' No longer a kid, not yet a man....Mixed bag of memories, some to be cherished, some best to be forgotten. I suppose all music holds a different set of memories for us all. The early teen and pre teen years are where many of us developed our individual taste in music. I developed a very broad musical interest range from what is today known as 'Classic Country' to a little of Mom's influence with her classical music. While I consider myself fairly tolerant of all forms of musical expression, much of what today passes as 'music' to some is no more than noise to me. It seems to be a contest to see who can make the rudest sounds and scream the loudest. Give me tunes like Wolverton Mountain any day!


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Dale Rose
Date: 18 Jul 99 - 09:21 PM

As John says, some things give a song much more humanity. Here are some excerpts from the Van Buren County Democrat (I looked it up yesterday at the OFC)

Clifton T. Clowers , 102, of Wolverton Mountain, died Monday, August 15, at his home. Funeral was August 18 at Wolverton Mountain Cemetery.

He was born on October 30, 1891, at Center Ridge in Conway County, son of the late Jefferson Davis and Mary Prince Clowers. In July, 1919, he married the former Ester Bell. He was a veteran of World War I and a Deacon in Mountain View Baptist Church. He was made famous in the 1960's by the song "Wolverton Mountain," written about him and his family by his nephew, Merle Kilgore Clowers.

(this is followed by the usual list of survivors, but of interest here are daughters Virginia, now living in West Virginia, and Burlene still in Arkansas. For those few of you familiar with the geography of Arkansas, Mountain View Missionary Baptist Church is not in Mountain View, but just north of Clinton.

Burial was at Wolverton Cemetery by Bob Neal and Sons Funeral Home of Morrilton.

and finally from the Formosa community news:

Several from the community attended the funeral Thursday of Clifton Clowers of Wolverton Mountain. He had lived most of his 102 years on his farm, located on the northern edge of the mountain. He was buried in Wolverton Mountain Cemetery near his farm. He and his wife, Ester Bell Clowers had six children, and five are still living. He was one of very few surviving World War I veterans. Clifton Clowers is remembered by his neighbors for his friendly, kind, and generous deeds, but to a much larger group, he is remembered by the song his nephew wrote about him called "Wolverton Mountain."


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Banjer
Date: 19 Jul 99 - 07:28 PM

Thank you Dale for sharing that bit of history with us. Just imagine, living the better part of 102 years on the same farm....I don't know if I ever knew his fathers name but it is interesting to note whom he was named after. These little historical insights are every bit as interesting and in some cases much more entertaining than the songs which caused them to be looked at. Thanks again!


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Peter T.
Date: 20 Jul 99 - 10:53 AM

yes, thanks. Stupid question: what happened to Merle Kilgore? People on this thread seem to take him for granted. Was he a one hit wonder, or is he still big in C&W?
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: bob schwarer
Date: 20 Jul 99 - 02:08 PM

Merle Kilgore

Hall of Fame Birth Name: Wyatt Merle Kilgore Induction Year: 1998 Date of Birth: 8/9/1934 Place of Birth: Chickasha, OK

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[Former Occupations] [Education] [Career Milestones] [Awards] [Catalog Highlights ]

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Former Occupations: delivered glasses for American Optical during high school, insurance salesman

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Education: Grade School--Creswell (Shreveport, LA) (from 1940-1947) High School--Byrd High (Shreveport, LA) (graduated in 1952) College--Louisiana Tech (Ruston, LA) (from 1952-1953) [Top]

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Career Milestones: 1948--at age 14, started carrying Hank Williams Sr.'s guitar at Louisiana Hayride
1950--started performing on the Louisiana Hayride
1952--first job as a Disc Jockey at KRUS Radio (Ruston, LA)
1953--hosted his own tv show as "The Tall Texan" on KFAZ-TV and KNOE Radio & TV (Monroe, LA)
1953--wrote first song "More and More," a million seller, recorded by Webb Pierce and pop artist Guy Lombardo
1953--signed first recording contract with Imperial Records in March; first release was "More and More"
1955--worked as a DJ at KBSF-Radio (Springhill, LA)
1956--worked as a DJ at KCIJ-Radio (Shreveport, LA)
1957--became the DJ at KENT-Radio (Springhill, LA)
1958--became the DJ and manager of KZEA-Radio (formerly KFIJ)in Shreveport, LA
1959--became the DJ and manager of KBSF-Radio (Springhill, LA)
1959--had first top ten record with self-penned song "Dear Mama" on Starday Records
1959--wrote "Johnny Reb," a million seller for Johnny Horton
1960--hosted the Big Ten Jamboree on Channel 10 in Eldorado, AR
1960--made first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry on May 23; received the WSM Mr DJ Award
1961--signed recording contract with Mercury Records
1961--moved to Nashville on December 31 to become the manager of the Nashville office of Shapiro-Bernstein Music
1962--started performing as a regular guest on the Grand Ole Opry
1962--Multi-million seller "Wolverton Mountain" was recorded by Claude King
1962--joined the Johnny Cash road show
1962--performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City
1962--performed at the Hollywood Bowl
1963--named one of Billboard Magazine's Top Ten Songwriters
1963--co-wrote "Ring of Fire" with June Carter
1963--appeared in first feature film, "Country Music on Broadway"
1963--record LP for Starday, "Gold In Them Thar Hills"
1963--signed with MGM Records
1964--joined the Hank Williams Jr. road show as opening act on May 1
1965--starred in the movie "Second Fiddle To a Steel Guitar"
1965--signed with Epic Records
1966--starred in the gospel movie "Sing a Song For Heaven's Sake"
1967--signed with Columbia Records
1968--signed with Ashley Records
1969--became General Manager of Hank Williams Jr.'s publishing companies
1970--starred in the movie "Educated Heart"
1972--re-signed with Starday Records
1974--signed with Warner Bros. Records
1974--appeared in the feature film "W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings" starring Burt Reynolds
1975--appeared in Robert Altman's movie "Nashville"
1978--accepted position as "Singing Host" of George Jones' Possum Holler Club in Nashville, TN
1978--moved to Cullman, AL with Hank Williams Jr. Enterprises
1979--donated the original lyrics of "Wolverton Mountain" to the Country Music Hall of Fame in June, where they are currently on display
1979--appeared in the movie "Roadie"

1980--appeared in the movie "Coal Miner's Daughter"
1981--appeared as himself in the movie "Living Proof," the story of Hank Williams Jr. for NBC
1986--named Executive Vice President and Head of Management of Hank Williams Jr. Enterprises, on April 7
1986--moved with Hank Williams Jr. Enterprises to Paris, TN, on July 1
1987--named an honorary State Senator for Tennessee by the Tennessee State Legislature
1989--began serving on the CMA Board of Directors; is still currently serving on the Board
1989--negotiated deal for Hank Williams Jr.'s performance of the ABC Monday Night Football theme song
1990--voted the first CMA "Manager of the Year" at the SRO Awards ceremony
1990--elected President of the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Board of Directors
1993--inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in Lafayette, LA
1993--inducted into Shreveport's Byrd High School Hall of Fame
1994--opened Merle Kilgore Management in Nashville, representing Hank Williams Jr. and other artists
1995-1997--served as President of Rope International
1997--named Rope International Business Person of the Year

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Awards: 1955--BMI Performance Award\Country\More and More
1962--BMI Performance Award\Pop\Wolverton Mountain
1962--BMI Performance Award\Country\Wolverton Mountain
1962--The Music Reporter\Writer Hit Award\Wolverton Mountain
1963--BMI Performance Award\Country\Ring of Fire
1963--CMR Award\Best Song of the Year\Ring of Fire
1963--Billboard\Top Ten Songwriter of the Year
1964--BMI Performance Award\Country\Old Records
1965--BMI Performance Award\Country\Tiger Woman
1968--Nashville Songwriters Association\Outstanding Achievement Award
1984--BMI Performance Award\Country\More and More
1988--Southern Songwriters Guild Hall of Fame Award
1990--Country Music Association\SRO Award\Manager of the Year\first winner in category
1991--Texas Country Music Association\Golden Guitar Award
1998--North American Country Music Association Hall of Fame\Legendary Songwriter's Award

Catalog Highlights:
More and More

Artists: Merle Kilgore (1953), Webb Pierce (1954), Guy Lombardo (1954), Charley Pride (1983)

Dear Mama

Artists: Merle Kilgore (1958) A Long Time Ago

Co-writer: Faron Young Artists: Faron Young (1957)

I Know It's Still Goodbye

Co-writer: Faron Young Artists: Faron Young (1958)

Love Has Made You Beautiful

Artists: Merle Kilgore (1959)

Johnny Reb

Artists: Johnny Horton (1959), Johnny Cash (1962), Merle Kilgore (1963), Marty Robbins (1982)

42 In Chicago

Artists: Merle Kilgore (1962)

Wolverton Mountain

Co-writer: Claude King Artists: Claude King (1962), Bing Crosby (1963), Louis Armstrong (1962), Nat King Cole (1962), Great Plains (1996)

Old Records

Co-writer: Margie Singleton Artists: Margie Singleton (1964), Kay Starr

Ring Of Fire

Co-writer: June Carter Artists: Johnny Cash (1963), Anita Carter, Merle Kilgore, Ray Charles, Olivia Newton-John, Blondie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lynn Anderson, Tom Jones, Earl Scruggs, Mac Wiseman, Kitty Wells, Burl Ives, Hank Williams Jr.

She (He) Went a Little Bit Farther

Co-writer: Mack Vickery Artists: Faron Young (1968), Hank Williams Jr., Merle Kilgore, Ernest Tubb, Sammi Smith

Tiger Woman

Co-writer: Claude King Artists: Claude King (1965), Merle Kilgore, Johnny Wright

The Folk Singer

Artists: Tommy Roe (1963), Eddy Arnold, Jim Ed Brown She (He) Understands Me/Dum De Da (recorded under all three titles

Co-writer: Margie Singleton Artists: Teresa Brewer, Johnny Tillotson, Bobby Vinton

Old Enough to Know

Co-writer: Al Jones, Billy Jones Artists: Ricky Nelson (1959)

Let Somebody Else Drive

Co-writer: Mack Vickery Artists: John Anderson (1984)
Baby I've Got It

Artists: Eddy Arnold (1965), Merle Kilgore

Confused

Co-writer: Abe Mulkey, Lefty Frizzell Artists: Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams Jr. (1974)

Fast Talking Louisiana Man

Artists: Faron Young (1967)
Dianne, Dianne

Co-writer: Ronny Wilkins Artists: Ronny & The Daytonas (1966)

The Easy Way

Co-writer: Glenn Sutton Artists: Eddy Arnold (1965)

Guess What That's Right, She's Gone

Co-writer: Glenn Sutton Artists: Hank Williams Jr. (1964)

Happy To Be With You

Co-writer: Johnny Cash, June Carter Artists: Johnny Cash (1966)
I Can Take Anything

Artists: Hank Williams Jr. (1964)

I'd Rather Be Sorry (Than Safe All Alone)

Co-writer: Gail Talley Artists: Pattie Page (1971), Ray Price

James River

Co-writer: June Carter Artists: Lefty Frizzell (1964)

Swing Daddy Swing

Co-writer: Dale Hawkins Artists: Jerry Hawkins (1959)
God Bless The Working Man

Co-writer: Leon Ashley Artists: Merle Kilgore (1971)

Not Too Long Ago

Co-writer:Joe Stampley Artists: The Uniques (1965), Joe Stampley

Too Many Mountains

Artists: Faron Young (1966), Merle Kilgore

Wandering Mind

Co-writer: Margie Singleton Artists: Margie Singleton (1968), Lynn Anderson, Goldie Hill Smith

When There's a Fire In Your Heart

Co-writer: Sonny Williams Artists: Teresa Brewer (1967), Tammy Wynette, Laura Lee, Eddy Arnold, Karen Black (in movie "Five Easy Pieces")

Whiskey Road Artists: Merle Kilgore (1963)

You'll Drive Me Back Into Her Arms Again

Co-writer: Miriam Lewis Artists: Faron Young (1964)
You Still Got a Hold On Me

Artists: Eddy Arnold (1965)
You Touched My Heart

Co-writer: Bob Tubert Artists: David Rogers (1969)
The Man

Artists: Lorne Greene (1964)
Touched So Deeply

Artists: Rex Allen (1963), Merle Kilgore (1963)
Baby Rocked Her Dolly

Artists: Frankie Miller (1960), Merle Kilgore
The Wild One

Co-writer: Tillman Franks Artists: Johnny Horton (1960), Marty Stuart
Country Music Those Tear Jerking Songs

Co-writer: Hank Williams Jr. Artists: Hank Williams Jr. (1973)
Tom Dooley Jr.

Artists: Merle Kilgore (1958)
I'm Not Responsible

Co-writer:Abe Mulkey Artists: Hank Williams Jr. (1977), Merle Kilgore
My Side of Life

Artists: Mel Tillis (1972), Merle Kilgore
I'm The Same Ole Me

Co-writer: Margie Singleton Artists: Lorne Greene (1963)
Lipstick Paint a Smile On Me

Co-writer: Kay Arnold Artists: Demetriss Tapp (1963), Nancy Adams
Pee Wee Valley

Artists: Faron Young (1963), Vaughn Monroe
Rhinestones

Artists: Faron Young (1964), The Sherwoods, Merle Kilgore
Sheepskin Valley

Co-writer: Claude King (1963) Artists: Claude King (1963)

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Comments:

Received a BMI Million-airs Award in 1990 for "Ring of Fire"
Received a BMI Million-airs Award in 1990 for "Wolverton Mountain"


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: bob schwarer
Date: 20 Jul 99 - 02:09 PM

Well, that's a lot easier to read.

Bob


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Peter T.
Date: 20 Jul 99 - 02:29 PM

Thanks!
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Banjer
Date: 20 Jul 99 - 07:15 PM

Wow, ask a simple question and get a compound answer!! Thanks for all the fine info on merle Kilgore. I never realized he was so prolific a writer or so active it the field of Country Music. Learned a lot form that post. Thanks....


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Dale Rose
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 12:45 AM

Just a few notes/corrections to add to my earlier posts. Now I can say that I have seen Wolverton Mountain, though at a fair distance and from the opposite side of a school bus, while returning from a volleyball match. It is a fairly prominent peak near Formosa, Arkansas, actually a bit Southwest of Clinton, rather than West as I indicated earlier. I was also wrong about the Mountain View Baptist Church mentioned in the obituary. While there is a church by that name just North of Clinton, the one in question was on Wolverton Mountain, and burned just prior to his death, which is why I found no record of it in my admittedly hasty research. (That makes a lot more sense ~~ I never could figure out how or why he would have been a member of a church so far from home) I also found that his home burned not too long after his death as well. I don't have exact dates for either fire, and though I could do the research and date them exactly, I don't think it would add all that much to the story.

I also had a conversation with someone who lives near Wolverton Mountain and knew Clifton Clowers all her life. She said that Clowers raised hay and had apple orchards.

So there you have it, a bit of a wrapup of loose ends ~~ now I need to get down there and actually set foot on the mountain . . . I also expect this might be of interest to those who came to the Mudcat in the nearly two years since this thread was started ~~ some stories are just too interesting to stay buried forever.


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Subject: RE: MUS ADD: Wolverton Mountain
From: Peter T.
Date: 01 Oct 00 - 11:06 AM

Don't you just love this place? Dale, tops, as ever.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GIRL FROM WOLVERTON MOUNTAIN
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 31 Oct 04 - 09:15 PM

Sigh. Four more years have gone by and I STILL have not made it up on
Wolverton Mountain. As I was on my way to a High School Cross Country
Meet in Russellville on Thursday, I passed by the sign pointing toward
Wolverton Mountain. It certainly was enticing to take that right turn
and finally get there, but I didn't have enough spare time, so continued
on. One of these days . . .

And to make this post worthwhile, some while ago I came across the
"answer song", The Girl From Wolverton Mountain, by Jo Ann Campbell,
1962. I rather suspect that those who didn't care for Claude King's
original version may well go screaming from the room while listening to
these pearls, delivered in a very thick pseudo-Southern accent.

The Girl From Wolverton Mountain
As sung by Jo Ann Campbell

Yes, I'm The Girl From Wolverton Mountain
I wish someone would make me their wife
I cain't help bein' lonesome on Wolverton Mountain
When your daddy's handy with a gun and a knife

Chorus
They said my lips were sweeter than honey
But how do they know, when no one's made the dare
I hate the bears and the birds on Wolverton Mountain
They tell my daddy and it just ain't fair

Many a lad has tried to climb this mountain
But they never seem to reach the top
My daddy Clifton Clowers is always there to meet them
His gun and a knife brings them to a stop

Chorus

Yes, I'm the girl from Wolverton Mountain
And if something don't change, I'll be an old maid all my life
But I keep hopin' somebody will climb this mountain
And take me to the valley to be his wife

Chorus

There'll be somebody who really loves me
And he'll climb up on the mountain
He won't care about Clifton Clowers (fade out)


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Subject: Lyr Add: WOLVERTON MOUNTAIN MAN
From: GUEST,Larry W Jones - Kingwood Kowboy
Date: 23 Mar 13 - 04:39 PM

Tribute song for Claude King:

WOLVERTON MOUNTAIN MAN (Larry W Jones 03/20/2013) (song#6679)

Well, I was just a young lad going with the flow
When I first heard Claude King sing on the radio
I was at a soda fountain in Louisian
Listnin' 'bout a big bad Wolverton Mountain man

Now, old man Clowers made good hard liquor brandy
With a gun and a knife he was mighty handy
He had a pretty young daughter with raven hair
But Wolverton bears and birds protected her there

(instrumental)

Now I'm an older man and time goes marching on
And it was in March when I heard Claude King was gone
I wonder if he ever kissed Clifton's daughter's sweet lips
Or if he married that girl on one of his trips

I know Claude King climbed up on Wolverton Mountain
Cause all of his dreams were with that young girl he loved
He took his chances up on Wolverton Mountain
It was too lonesome down below than up above

Well, I was just a young lad going with the flow
When I first heard Claude King sing on the radio
Up on that Wolverton Mountain he loved her so

http://kingwoodkowboy.com/WolvertonMountainMan.html


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Subject: RE: Origin/Tune Add: Wolverton Mountain (Merle Kilgore
From: GUEST,hb
Date: 24 Mar 13 - 12:24 PM

Merle Kilgore died on Feb. 6, 2005. Buried in Hendersonville TN.

Claude King died on March 7, 2013. Buried in Shreveport LA.


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