Country Music Hall of Fame singer Roy Clark has died at 85

Calvin Saunders
November 17, 2018

Clark, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, was beloved by generations of fans for his work on the TV show Hee Haw, which he joined in 1969, acting as joyful co-host for almost a quarter century.

A rep for the Grammy, CMA and ACM Award victor tells us Clark died Thursday morning at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1969, he became the host of country comedy program Hee-Haw, a post he would hold for almost a quarter of a century, until the show's demise in 1993. The country music and comedy show's last new episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter.

A remarkably talented multi-instrumentalist, Clark started out on the banjo and mandolin; when he was 14, he received his first guitar as a Christmas present - and made his first television appearance that same year. Roy Clark died in Tulsa, OK on November 15, 2018.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and emotionally told the crowd how moving it was 'just to be associated yourself with the members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and imagine that your name will be said right along with all the list'. Mr. Clark served as a host for its full run, while Owens - who later dismissed the program as a "cartoon donkey" - left in 1986.

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His other country hits included "Come Live With Me", which topped the Billboard country chart in 1973, "Somewhere Between Love and Tomorrow", "If I Had to Do It All Over Again", "Honeymoon Feelin' " and "I Never Picked Cotton".

In addition to being an affable TV host, Clark was also a skilled country musician himself.

Clark was guest host on "The Tonight Show" several times in the 1960s and 1970s when it was rare for a country performer to land such a role.

"I was subjected to different kinds of music before I ever played", said Clark. In 1982 he was awarded a Grammy for best country instrumental performance, for Alabama Jubilee. His father, who played in a square dance band, took him to see the National Symphony Orchestra and military bands. The viewers were sort of part owners of the show.

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