1976 Cledus Maggard – The White Knight
James Huguely worked at Leslie Advertising in Greenville, South Carolina before pursuing a career as a recording artist. Songs about CB radio became a niche market for a few years in the mid-seventies, and James recorded an album of songs as Cledus Maggard & the Citizen’s Band.
The first single from the album told the story of a trucker who was using his CB radio to outsmart the local police until he ran up against a smokey who outsmarted him. The single The White Knight topped the Country chart and reached #19 on the Hot 100 in 1976.
A more involved version of the song ran over seven minutes but had the same sad ending for the narrator.
A similar song (Kentucky Moonrunner) only reached #85 on the Hot 100 and couldn’t get any higher than #42 on the Country chart. A few more singles followed that fared even more poorly.
James became a producer for the television show Magnum, P.I. He continued writing and producing other television shows and films, including 1993’s Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.
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