Inductees Archive

John Alexander “J.A.” McClung

Born at Talihina, Oklahoma on January 1, 1894. His parents were Frank and Lusenda McClung. His father died when John was but one year old and his mother encouraged him to be self-reliant as he grew up and to help others when possible. Educated in public schools of Poteau, Oklahoma and Carthage, Missouri, he studied music with some very fine teachers. J.A. McClung began singing at the age of 13. He composed many fine gospel songs; among them “Jesus, The Rock”, “I’d Like To Talk It Over With Him”, and “He Had No Place To Rest”. He promoted Gospel quartets and other musical organizations. He was active in radio work and recording. He was owner and president of Hartford Musical Institute, owned Hartford Music Company, and served as president for several years of Sebastian County Arkansas Singing Convention. Mr. McClung was married to Miss Minnie G. Cunningham in 1927 and there were 6 children born to this union. Just before he passed away on July 23, 1942, his last two songs were written: “You Are The Silver Lining” and “Just A Rose Will Do”. He is buried in Centerpoint Cemetery at Hartford, Arkansas.


Induction Year




Hartford Arkansas Music Institute



Hartford Music Company and Instititute


Significant Songs

  • “Just A Rose Will Do”
  • “Death Will Never Knock on Heaven’s Door”
  • “Standing Outside”



The Lewis Family singing “Just One Rose Will Do”