Roy Clark, the country music icon famous for his personable, comedic role as host of “Hee Haw,” died Thursday from complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa at age 85.
Clark, a guitar virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist who helped country music gain popularity through his work as both a musician and host of “Hee Haw,” was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and was also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. An accomplished guitarist, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica player, Clark has worked with scores of musicians such as Glen Campbell, Buck Owens, Chet Atkins, Brad Paisley and more.
He co-hosted “Hee Haw” for the entirety of the program’s 24-year run and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” In addition to his television work, Clark was an accomplished performer and recording artist, earning seven CMA Awards, among them the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award in 1973. He was Comedian of the Year for 1970, won the Instrumental Group of the Year Award (with banjoist Buck Trent) in 1975 and 1976, and was named Instrumentalist of the Year in 1977, 1978, and 1980. His rendition of “Alabama Jubilee” earned him a 1982 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
We send our condolences to his family, including Barbara, his wife of 61 years.
A memorial will be held soon in Tulsa, but a date hasn’t been announced yet.
Check out Clark and Campbell whipping ass together below.