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Claude King

"Claude King" (born February 5, 1923 in Keithville, Louisiana near the city of Shreveport) is an American country music singer and songwriter.

At a young age, he was interested in music but his primary interest was athletics. He purchased a guitar at the age of 12 and although he learned to play it, most of his time was devoted to sports. This eventually resulted in being offered a baseball scholarship to the University of Idaho at Moscow.

King later returned to Shreveport and joined the ''Louisiana Hayride'' radio show and recorded a few songs for Gotham Records, although none were successful. In 1961, he became more serious about a musical career and signed with the Nashville, Tennessee division of Columbia Records. He hit immediately, cutting "Big River, Big Man", a country Top 10 and even a small pop crossover success. He soon followed with ''The Commancheros'' inspired by the John Wayne movie of the same name. It was a Top 10 country hit in late 1961, also crossing over to the pop charts.

Claude King made his "career" recording in the spring of 1962. "Wolverton Mountain", written with Nashville veteran Merle Kilgore, was based on a real character, Clifton C...

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