Wolverton Mountain: Claude King

Country singer-songwriter Claude King, an original member of the Louisiana Hayride who was best known for the 1962 hit “Wolverton Mountain,” has died. He was 90.

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17 Comments on “Wolverton Mountain: Claude King”

  1. im6 Says:

    Remember “answer” records?

  2. Such a great song, they don’t build em like that much anymore.

  3. Spaceman Says:

    Oh I know all the words to this song. It’s older than dirt. Played occasionally on the country channel I listen to. WQAH – Big Country – Cullman, Hartselle, Addison


  4. Beto Says:

    I didn’t hear this version until I was twelve or thirteen. I already knew it well from my Fathers Nat King Cole record “Ramblin’ Rose”. I thought Claude King’s version was sacrilege.

    • Beto,
      I didn’t even know Nat King Cole had covered this song. Claude was one of the co-writers of the song, and the first one to record it. Both versions are from 1962. I found a youtube version of Nat’s.

      • Beto Says:

        My earliest influences singing were Nat Cole and Marty Robbins. You really learn breath control from mimicking those two. I studied voice until I was 18 but sang in choirs all my life. I was the head cantor at one of the wealthiest Catholic Churches in Texas for over a decade. I owe it all to Nat Cole and Marty Robbins.

      • Beto,
        I first heard my mother’s music and learned to love Nat, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra and s many more. The first music which caught my ears was folk music the came rock and roll. The Beatles changed everything! I love 60’s rock and think it the besr music.

      • Beto,
        The two seem a bit far apart in their sound, but I understand the modeling for breath control.

        I have always wish I could sing so I envy you.

        I think you are underestimating your own contributions to your voice.

  5. Spaceman Says:

    Interesting story, I would never have dreamed Cole would have sung this. And Marty Robbins has a unique style.

    “Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel, A deep burning pain in my side”

    If you can hit those notes, tu cantas mas bien.

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