He was King had just celebrated his birthday and 67th wedding anniversary to his wife, Barbara, last month. The couple's eldest son, Duane King, said his father was found unresponsive in his bed early Thursday morning at his home in Shreveport. King was one of the original members of the Louisiana Hayride, the Saturday-night show where Elvis Presley also got his start. The show transformed country and western music from to with music genres including hillbilly, Western swing, jazz, blues and gospel. King's hit "Wolverton Mountain" told a story of mountain man Clifton Clowers, who guarded his daughter from suitors. Warwick, who also serves as chairwoman of the Louisiana Music Commission, said King was known for his guitar-playing skills and knack for writing songs. He had a personal style that was all his own. In a Feb.
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The song was a rewrite of the original version by Merle Kilgore , which was based on a real person named Clifton Clowers who lived on the mountain the mountain's actual name being spelled Woolverton. The song spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart in the US in The song's storyline deals with the narrator's desire for Clowers' daughter and his intention to climb the titular mountain and marry her.