Rodney Lay was on Hee Haw from 1980 until the final year, 1992. He appeared on "Hee Haw" as the bandleader and bass player for Roy Clark, but he was a musician long before that, & still is!
Rodney Paul Lay was born February 13, 1940 in Coffeyville, Kansas. Growing up in a musical family, Rodney began performing at an early age. In the late 1950's he formed a rock and roll band that eventually became "Rodney and the Blazers," who toured with Jerry Lee Lewis and Wanda Jackson. In 1962, he met and played with Roy Clark in Las Vegas. In the mid 1960's, Rodney left rock and roll & became a deejay on KGGF in his hometown. Meanwhile, he put together a new band, Rodney Lay & the Wild West.
He also had success as a songwriter. His song "He's Got a Way with Women" was a Top 20 hit for Hank Thompson in 1967. Bob Luman recorded it again in the 1970's. In 1969, "Something's Wrong in California" was a Top 20 hit for Waylon Jennings, & "Gotta Get to Oklahoma" was a hit for the Hagers.
Rodney Lay & the Wild West backed Freddy Fender for eighteen months in the 1970's before Rodney was tapped by Roy Clark to become his band leader, a position he has held for many years.
Rodney has also been involved in movies over the years. He had a part in the 1973 movie "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid." Later, his version of "Rock Around the Clock," which came from the album, Rockabilly Nuggets, was featured in the 1989 Tom Cruise movie, "Born On The Fourth Of July."
This information came from these two informative pages: Century of Country and Rodney Lay's Website
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