Roy Clark, Country Music Legend and 'Hee Haw' Host Dead at 85
16 November, 2018, 01:14
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.
The legendary "superpicker", GRAMMY, CMA and ACM award victor, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed "Hee Haw" television series, died due to complications from pneumonia.
One of the legends of country music, guitarist and singer Roy Clark, has died.
A memorial celebration is planned in Tulsa in the coming days, according to Clark's representative. He became skilled in all manner of stringed instruments, including the banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. He made his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry at age 17. In 1969, his song "Yesterday, When I Was Young" became a hit on both the pop and country music charts; other major hits included "Come Live with Me" in 1973, and "Somewhere Between Love and Tomorrow". He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Clark was a Grammy, ACM and CMA award victor, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. "I keep a band of great young people around me, and we're not musically restrained". Shown between Owens and Clark is actor Ernest Borgnine, a guest on that episode.
He toured the Soviet Union in 1976, bringing country behind the Iron Curtain, and in 1983 opened the Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre in Branson, Missouri, helping turn the Ozark town into a country music destination.
Clark was born in Meherrin, Virginia, and received his first guitar on his 14th Christmas. Over the years, he played at venues around the world: Carnegie Hall in NY, the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo, the Grand Palace in Brussels and the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow. He also performed regularly in Las Vegas.