I don’t really have the knowledge to do either full justice so I’ll point you to other places and strongly encourage you to go on over.
Sheila O’Malley and Dan Callahan do far better by Black than anything I read in the mainstream media. You can go here for starters and please do follow her link!
(My own favorite Black performance was her goofy, intense turn as a “wife of crime” in Family Plot…which shows what I know!)
Justice is done to Jack Clement here–the fact that he was responsible for bringing Charley Pride to Nashville alone makes him one of the most important men in the history of country music and that barely scratches the surface of his accomplishments….none of which were greater than arranging the horns for this:
I will just add that, besides the timing of their respective deaths, Black and Clement are linked in one other important way: It’s highly unlikely the worlds of Hollywood or Nashville would have room for either if they were starting out today.