Cledus Maggard & the Citizen's Band

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Cledus Maggard & the Citizen's Band
Birth nameJames Wesley Huguely
Born(1940-09-21)September 21, 1940
OriginRichmond, Kentucky
DiedDecember 13, 2008(2008-12-13) (aged 68)
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1976
LabelsMercury
 
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Cledus Maggard & the Citizen's Band
Birth nameJames Wesley Huguely
Born(1940-09-21)September 21, 1940
OriginRichmond, Kentucky
DiedDecember 13, 2008(2008-12-13) (aged 68)
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1976
LabelsMercury

Jay Huguely (born September 21, 1940; died December 13, 2008[1] in Valencia, California) was a stage actor, advertising executive and television writer/executive who enjoyed a brief run of popularity as a novelty recording artist in the 1970s.[2]

Recording as Cledus Maggard & the Citizen's Band, Huguely - working at the time for Leslie Advertising in Greenville, South Carolina[2] - enjoyed his one and only hit in 1976 with "The White Knight." Released during the wave of popularity of the citizens' band radio, the song is about a semitrailer truck driver victimized by a Georgia highway patrolman's speed trap. He chose the name "Cledus" after his mother's name Cleta.

"The White Knight" reached No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in February 1976, and was his only hit to reach that chart's Top 40.[3] Following the success of this record, Huguely most notably was a producer on the 1980s television series "Magnum, P.I." In the 1990s, he was a writer and producer, known for Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Street Justice (1991) and Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel (1994).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
US CountryUS
1976The White Knight4135Mercury
Two More Sides

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart Positions[4]Album
US CountryUSCAN CountryCAN
1975"The White Knight"119850The White Knight
1976"Kentucky Moonrunner"4285
"Virgil and the $300 Vacation" (as Cledus Maggard)73Two More Sides
1978"The Farmer" (as Cledus Maggard)82

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=james-wesley-huguely&pid=126585591
  2. ^ a b Roland, Tom, "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits" (Billboard Books, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1991 (ISBN 0-82-307553-2)), p. 161
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs: 1944-2005," 2006
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 253. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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