Zeke Clements Photo Postcard

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Zeke Clements Photo Postcard

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Addressed to a fan at Rt. 1 in Brilliant, Alabama, the publicity postcard offers a short biography of Clements, "The Dixie Yodeler":

"Born September 6, in the hills of Central Alabama, of English and Cherokee Indian descent. Has dark brown hair and eyes. Weighs 185 lbs., is 5 ft. 9 in. tall, and is single.

Plays Guitar, Fiddle, Tenor Banjo, Bass Fiddle, and composes songs.

Has appeared in over fifty feature Hollywood movies, and on all three major radio networks. Loves all outdoor sports and has a hobby of collecting hand paintings."

Born near Warrior, Alabama, Marlon "Zeke" Clements (1911-1994) performed on the Grand Ole Opry (WSM, Nashville), The National Barn Dance (WLS, Chicago) and The Louisiana Hayride (KWKH, Shreveport), as well as on a host of radio and TV stations across the country: in Detroit, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Louisville, Des Moines, New York, Fort Worth, New Orleans, Atlanta, and more. In the 1950s, he starred on WAPI in Birmingham, near his hometown of Warrior. Clements appeared in numerous B-Westerns, recorded for MGM and other labels, and in 1938 provided the voice of Bashful in Walt Disney's animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

A 1954 article in The Birmingham Post-Herald expressed hope "that Birmingham can become the Musical Capitol of the South, surpassing Nashville with its Grand Ole Opry" -- so that "Alabama hillbilly greats won't have to leave the state to achieve fame in records and radio. Some of the hillbilly greats who have had to leave Alabama are the late Hank Williams, Pat Buttram, Zeke Clements, Hank Penny and the Delmore Brothers" ("Coffee Cup Comments," Birmingham Post-Herald, 18 March 1954, page 6).

Citation

“Zeke Clements Photo Postcard,” Southern Music Research Center, accessed April 18, 2024, https://southernmusicresearch.org/items/show/650.