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PASSINGS: Claude King
PASSINGS: Claude King

Claude King, 90, a country singer-songwriter who was best known for the 1962 hit "Wolverton Mountain," died early Thursday at his home in Shreveport, La., where his family found him unresponsive in bed. King was one of the original members of "Louisiana Hayride," the Saturday night radio and TV show on which Elvis Presley got his start and Hank Williams Sr. performed. The show transformed country and western music from 1948 to 1960 — "Hayride's" heyday — with music genres such as hillbilly, western swing, jazz, blues and gospel. King's hit "Wolverton Mountain," co-written with Merle Kilgore, was about an Arkansas mountain man,...

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