Roy Clark

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Roy Linwood Clark was born April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, VA, the first of five children born to Hester and Lillian Clark. Roy had a family who loved music and he soon discovered that he had a knack for making music from just about any instrument he picked up. By the time "Hee Haw" began in 1969, he was already a veteran TV performer. Though he had appeared on several TV programs in the 1950's and '60's, his acting debut was on "The Beverly Hillbillies" in the mid-60's. From there he had several acting roles. He also performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show", and other variety shows. He became the first country music artist to fill in for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show." Roy has appeared on many commercials over the years as well, most notably for Hunt's Ketchup.

Roy's hits include "Yesterday, When I Was Young," "Thank God and Greyhound You're Gone," and "Malaguena." His style has often been imitated, which is, they say, the sincerest form of flattery.

This is by no means a complete biography of Roy Clark. He's done way too much to put it all on one page! There's a lot of information on the web about him.

Roy's official webpage

CMT's Roy Clark bio

Grand Ole Opry Roy Clark bio

The source of a lot of my information about Roy was his autobiography, available through Amazon:

And, if you want to play like Roy, here's his how-to book:

"Hee Haw" made Roy Clark a household name. His unique personality and expressions made him a natural country performer. His many talents were featured on the show, as he not only played several instruments but also sang with the "Hee Haw Gospel Quartet." Since the show ended production in the early 1990's, he has been seen on many commercials (including one for his own guitar book), and at state fairs and rodeos in almost every state.

Roy has been voted "Entertainer of the Year," "Comedy Act of the Year," " Picker of the Year," and "Best Country Guitarist." He has also won a Grammy and been awarded the Country Music Banjo Championship. He has owned his own music theatre in Branson, Missouri, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1987. He continues to perform in 2009. Not only is Roy one of Country Music's most talented musicians, he is known for his generosity. He hosts a charity golf tournament every year in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which raises money for that city's Children's Medical Center. He and his wife Barbara have been married since 1957. He has a son, Roy Clark, Jr.

In February, 2009, the Country Music Hall of Fame announced that Roy would be among the 2009 inductees into the Hall this spring. There will also be a presentation during the CMA awards which are usually held in November. Congratulations, Roy, job well done! It's about time they put you in there!

Going back?

Hee Haw home page

Rissy's Treasures

Hosts page

These are photos of some of Roy's albums from my personal collection.

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