Louisville singer-songwriter Mickey Clark dies after battle with cancer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville singer-songwriter Mickey Clark died Sunday, after a battle with cancer.

Tributes have flooded social media from family, friends and fellow musicians who are remembering Clark as a performer, mentor and inspiration. 

Clark may be best remembered by University of Louisville fans for his songs cheering on his beloved Cards.

The best-known was "Cardinal Cannonball" in 1983, the year of the U of L-UK "Dream Game" in Knoxville, when U of L won and went to the Final Four in Albuquerque. The Cards ended up losing to the Houston Phi Slamma Jamma team.

Fans may also remember his 1982 song "Battle of New Orleans," when U of L went to the Final Four. And in 1986, Clark recorded his "Metro Tournament Time" song for all the Metro teams who converged upon Louisville for the U of L-hosted Metro Tournament.

But Clark was a well-known performer and a respected songwriter beyond Louisville. A bio on his website says his songs were recorded by the Kingston Trio, the Oak Ridge Boys and Jerry Lee Lewis. And he performed with headliners including Jerry Jeff Walker, John Prine, Sam Bush and the late Tim Krekel.

Clark formed his Blue Norther band in 2009 and began playing locally and around the region with their blend of country and roots music with vocal harmonies.

Mickey Clark is survived by his wife Sandy, son Brennan, sister Mary Jo Clark and brother Bill, Larry and Deflin Clark.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at Highland Funeral Home, and the funeral will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael. 

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