R.I.P – The Legendary Roy Clark
There are legends and then there are Giants of Entertainment! Roy Clark was one of those rare Giants.
Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 Clark passed away today November 15th 2018. He is best known for having hosted Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997. Roy Clark was 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 on The Tonight Show and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw. Clark was highly regarded and renowned as a guitarist and banjo player, and was also skilled on classical guitar and several other instruments. Although he had hit songs as a pop vocalist “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God and Greyhound”, his instrumental skill had an enormous effect on generations of bluegrass and country musicians.
He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1987 and, in 2009, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Roy Clark passed away at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma from complications due to pneumonia. While condolences continue to roll in for Roy Clark his legacy is one of kindness, comedy, music and love. R.I.P Roy Clark a Giant of Entertainment!