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Roy Linwood Clark (born April 15, 1933) is an American singer and musician. He is best known for hosting Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997. Roy Clark
Roy Clark
has been an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre. During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson
on The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark is highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist and banjo player, and is also skilled on classical guitar and several other instruments. Although he has had hit songs as a pop vocalist (e.g., "Yesterday, When I Was Young" and "Thank God and Greyhound"), his instrumental skill has had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians. He has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
since 1987[1][2] and, in 2009, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Television 3 Recordings 4 Hee Haw 5 Endorsements 6 Personal life 7 Publication 8 Honors 9 Partial filmography 10 Television and film 11 Discography 12 Books 13 Awards 14 References 15 External links

Early life[edit] Clark was born in Meherrin, Virginia. Roy grew up in Staten Island, New York and lived as a teenager in southeast Washington, D.C., where his father worked at the Washington Navy Yard. At 14, Clark began playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin, and by age 15 he had already won two National Banjo
Banjo
Championships[3] and world banjo/guitar flatpick championships. He was simultaneously pursuing a sporting career, first as a baseball player and then as a boxer, before dedicating himself solely to music. At 17, he had his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. At the age of 23, Clark obtained his pilot's license and then bought a 1953 Piper Tri-Pacer
Piper Tri-Pacer
(N1132C), which he flew for many years. This plane was raffled off on December 17, 2012, to benefit the charity Wings of Hope.[4] He has owned other planes, including a Mitsubishi MU-2, Stearman PT-17[5] and Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond
Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond
1A bizjet.[6] Television[edit] By 1955, he was a regular on Jimmy Dean's Washington, D.C., television program. Dean, who valued punctuality among musicians in his band, the Texas Wildcats, fired Clark for habitual tardiness, telling him, "You're the most talented person I've ever fired." Clark married Barbara Joyce Rupard on August 31, 1957.[7] In 1960, Clark went out to Las Vegas, where he worked as a guitarist in a band led by former West Coast Western Swing bandleader-comedian Hank Penny. During the very early 1960s, he was also prominent in the backing band for Wanda Jackson—known as the Party Timers—during the latter part of her rockabilly period.[8] When Dean was tapped to host The Tonight Show
The Tonight Show
in the early 1960s, he asked Clark to appear, introducing him to a national audience for the first time. Subsequently, Clark appeared on The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
as a recurring character (actually two: he played businessman Roy Halsey and Roy's mother, Myrtle). Once, in an episode of the Sunday evening Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
Show dedicated to country music, Clark played a blistering rendition of "Down Home". Later, he appeared in an episode of The Odd Couple, where he played "Malagueña".[9] Recordings[edit] In 1963, Clark signed to Capitol Records
Capitol Records
and had three top ten hits. He switched to Dot Records
Dot Records
and again scored hits. He later recorded for ABC Records, which had acquired Dot, and MCA Records, which absorbed the ABC label.

Clark as "Myrtle Halsey" on The Beverly Hillbillies, 1968.

Hee Haw[edit] In the mid '60s, he co-hosted, along with Buck Owens, a weekday daytime country variety series for NBC entitled "Swingin' Country", which was cancelled after two seasons. In 1969, Clark and Buck Owens were the hosts of Hee Haw. The show was dropped by CBS Television in 1971 but continued to run in syndication for 21 more years. During its tenure, Clark was a member of the Million Dollar Band and participated in a host of comedy sketches. In 1983, Clark opened the Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre in Branson, Missouri, becoming the first country music star to have his own venue there, thus beginning a trend which led to Branson becoming a center of live music performance, as it is today. Many of the celebrities who play in Branson first performed at the Roy Clark
Roy Clark
Celebrity Theatre. Clark frequently played in Branson during the 1980s and 1990s. He has since sold the venue (now owned by the Hughes Brothers and renamed the Hughes American Family Theatre) and gone back to a fairly light touring schedule, which usually includes a performance with Ramona Jones and the Jones Family Band at their annual tribute to Clark's old Hee Haw
Hee Haw
co-star Grandpa Jones
Grandpa Jones
in Mountain View, Arkansas.[citation needed] In addition to his musical skill, Clark has often displayed his talents as a comedian and actor. During his years on Hee Haw, Clark entertained with numerous comedy sketches, including a recurring feature where he played the reservation desk clerk of the "Empty Arms Hotel". Clark released several albums of his comedic performances, to varying critical acclaim and commercial success. Clark is one of the few surviving regular male cast members from the show.[citation needed] Endorsements[edit] Clark has endorsed Mosrite, Gretsch, and many other brands of guitars during his career. He currently endorses Heritage Guitars, which makes a Roy Clark
Roy Clark
model.[10] On August 22, 1987, Clark was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He plays an annual benefit concert at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, the proceeds of which go to fund scholarships for aspiring musicians.[citation needed] Personal life[edit] Clark is married to his wife Barbara (his 2nd marriage) whom he married in 1957 and they have 4 children. For many years Clark has made his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Roy Clark Elementary School
Elementary School
in Tulsa's Union School District was named in his honor in 1978. Fellow Oklahoma resident Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle
arranged for Clark to sing "Yesterday When I Was Young" at his funeral (which Clark did in 1995).[11] Publication[edit] Clark published an autobiography, My Life in Spite of Myself, in 1994.[12] Honors[edit] On May 17, 2009, Clark was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with Barbara Mandrell
Barbara Mandrell
and Charlie McCoy. On September 23, 2010, Clark sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch at Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium
in a game featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
versus the San Diego Padres. On April 12, 2011, Clark was honored by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was honored by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame as Oklahoma's Music Ambassador for Children and presented with a commendation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.[13] Partial filmography[edit]

Matilda (1978) Uphill All the Way (1986) Freeway (1988) Gordy
Gordy
(1995)

Television and film[edit] He has appeared on numerous television programs:

Swingin' Country 1966 NBC daytime variety series, co-starred with Rusty Draper
Rusty Draper
and Molly Bee Five episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
as "Cousin Roy" (1969) 294 episodes of Hee Haw
Hee Haw
(1969-1997) Swing Out, Sweet Land (1970) The Flip Wilson
Flip Wilson
Show (1971) Love American Style
Love American Style
(1973) (episode "Love and the Twanger Tutor" as Jesse Clemens) The Odd Couple (1975) (episode "The Roy Clark
Roy Clark
Show" as Willie Boggs) The Bell Telephone Jubilee (1976) The Captain & Tennille Special
Special
(1976) Fair Weather Friends (1977) Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue (1978) Matilda (1978 film)
Matilda (1978 film)
(1978) The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show
(1978) Fifty Years of Country Music (1978) CBS television special, featuring Clark, Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
and Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
as co-hosts. Austin City Limits (1980, 1982) EPCOT Center
EPCOT Center
opening celebration (1982) Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration (1985) Uphill All the Way (1986) 6th Annual National Songwriter Awards (1986) Freeway (1988 film) (1988) The Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
65th Anniversary (1991) Gordy
Gordy
(1995) The Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
70th Anniversary (1996) A Bing Crosby Christmas (1998) Palo Pinto Gold (2009)

Discography[edit] Main article: Roy Clark
Roy Clark
discography Books[edit]

Clark, Roy; Eliot, Marc (1994). My Life in Spite of Myself. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-86434-7. 

Awards[edit]

1970 - CMA - Comedian Of The Year 1972 - ACM - Entertainer Of The Year 1973 - ACM - Entertainer Of The Year 1973 - CMA - Entertainer of the Year 1975 - CMA - Instrumental Group Of The Year (with Buck Trent) 1976 - CMA - Instrumental Group Of The Year (with Buck Trent) 1977 - CMA - Instrumentalist Of The Year 1978 - CMA - Instrumentalist Of The Year 1980 - CMA - Instrumentalist Of The Year 1982 - Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance for his recording of Alabama Jubilee

References[edit]

^ "Roy Clark". Opry.com. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  ^ "Opry Member List PDF" (PDF). Opry.com. April 23, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 7, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  ^ Contemporary Musicians. Biography in Context. June 12, 1989.  ^ "Winner of Roy Clark's Tripacer named". General Aviation News. Generalaviationnews.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015.  ^ "Hanging Loose at 1,500 Feet, Upside-Down Roy Clark
Roy Clark
Prays, 'Seat Belt, Do Your Stuff'". People.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25.  ^ " Roy Clark
Roy Clark
biodata". Great-music.net. Retrieved 2015-04-25.  ^ "Biography for Roy Clark". IMDb.com. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  ^ Liner notes for the 1961 Wanda Jackson
Wanda Jackson
album, There's a Party Goin' On; retrieved October 27, 2012. ^ Scott H (12 May 2012). " Roy Clark
Roy Clark
- Malaguena (The Odd Couple)". YouTube. Retrieved 2 September 2017.  ^ " Roy Clark
Roy Clark
Semi-Hollow Body". Heritage Guitar, Inc. Retrieved December 8, 2016.  ^ "A Nation Bids Mantle Goodbye Today". St. Petersburg Times (August 15, 1995). August 15, 1995.  ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: 'My Life in Spite of Myself'". Publishers Weekly. February 28, 1994. Retrieved December 8, 2016.  ^ Krehbiel, Randy. "BRIEF: Roy Clark
Roy Clark
honored as Music Ambassador for Children". Tulsa
Tulsa
World (OK) (12 Apr. 2011). Newspaper Source Plus. 

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Elementary School Voices of Oklahoma interview with Roy Clark. First person interview conducted on August 15, 2011, with Roy Clark. Roy Clark
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Counter-Revolution Polka" "Come Live with Me" "Honeymoon Feelin'" "Tennessee Saturday Night" "Tobacco Road" "Here We Go Again"

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