Roy Linwood Clark (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018) was an American singer and musician. He is best known for having hosted Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997. Clark was an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and in helping to popularize the genre
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Roy Clark made best use of his incredible talent," said Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young in a statement. He was both a showman and a virtuoso, with a love of music that beamed across air waves and into millions of living rooms, where families gathered to watch and listen. Clark's famously ended his shows by telling his audience, "We had to come, but you had a choice," according to a statement on his death.
Sales figures largely failed to capture the significance of Mr. Clark to country music, where he was a dominant, charismatic figure for half a century, with a wide smile and a personality so warm that Bob Hope was said to have told him, Your face is like a fireplace.
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Roy Clark, host of the classic country music and sketch show Hee Haw, and a legendary t, has died at age 85. He passed away at his home in Tulsa, Okla. due to complications from pneumonia, according to announcements from his publicists. Clark hosted the beloved Hee Haw for nearly 25 years, beginning in 1969, where he helped usher country music into the national spotlight-even spreading it to international ears, too (he once trail-blazed a tour across the Soviet Union). With Hee Haw as a platform, Clark became something of a spokesperson for the then-burgeoning genre
Roy Clark Roy Clark performing at the Star of the Desert arena at Stateline, Nevada, America - 1997. Roy Clark may have found his most wide audience as the co-host of the TV comedy series Hee Haw, but it was his prowess on the guitar, banjo and fiddle that made him such a hit with music fans, including famous friends like Brad Paisley. Clark died Thursday at 85, leaving behind a legacy of thrilling live performances. Here are six of his best.
Roy Clark, the country singer and longtime host of the television variety show Hee Haw, died in his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 15 November 2018, at 8.