'Hee Haw' host Roy Clark dies

Roy Clark, country music star, dies at age 85

Country music trailblazer and Hee Haw host Roy Clark has died at his home in Tulsa, Okla., his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press on Thursday.

After years of touring and recording, he joined Buck Owens as the co-star of the CBS variety show "Hee-Haw". The country music and comedy show's last new episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter. After the dissolution of Jackson's band, Clark savvily hired her old manager, who secured him appearances on The Tonight Show and Beverly Hillbillies.His first album, 1962's The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark, was soon followed by his first hit single, "The Tips of My Fingers", the next year. "Clark also displayed his six (or, in the case of his cover of "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky, 12)-string prowess with his instrumental covers of pieces like "Malagueña".

Clark went on to become a staple of Las Vegas showrooms and Atlantic City casinos and performed at leading venues such as Carnegie Hall in NY and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the country music mecca where he was enshrined as a member in 1987.

Roy Linwood Clark was born in Meherrin, Virginia, on April 15, 1933.

Throughout the '60s, Clark recorded several albums, toured constantly, and appeared on TV variety shows from Carson to Mike Douglas to Flip Wilson.

Clark became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987, and in 2009, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His rendition of "Alabama Jubilee" was awarded a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance in 1982.

But it was the guitar that gave Clark his career. He also performed regularly in Las Vegas.

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