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John Alexander "J A" McClung (January 1, 1891 - July 23, 1942)
John Alexander McClung was born in Talihina, Oklahoma, the son of Frank and Lusenda McClung. He began to pursue a singing career at the age of 13. In 1927, McClung married Minnie G. Cunningham. They would have six children.
J A McClung is best remembered as a songwriter and singer who performed with the Hartford Quartet. He worked as a music instructor for Hartford Music Company & Institute and eventually became the owner of Hartford. McClung also served as president of the Sebastian County Arkansas Singing Convention for several years. McClung’s wife, Minnie, sang in a ladies quartet and also taught at the Hartford Institute.
McClung wrote more than 300 songs. He is best remembered for a song he wrote shortly before his death in 1942, a song that became a quartet standard, “Just A Rose Will Do.”