"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.