A little about Hee Haw
"Hee Haw" premiered on CBS on June 15, 1969. Hosted by popular country performers Buck Owens and Roy Clark, the show was a country alternative to "Laugh-In." The corny jokes were delivered, naturally, in a cornfield. "Hee Haw" enjoyed success on CBS for only one year before falling victim to a network purging of all things country. Shows like "The Beverly Hillbillies," "The Jim Nabors Show," and "Green Acres" were taken off the air as CBS tried to distance itself from its rural image. The show's producers got the last laugh, though, as the show ran for an amazing 25 seasons before production ceased in 1993.
The show began with incredible comedy writers, such as Archie Campbell, Don Herron, and Gordie Tapp, who not only wrote much of the material, but were also successful on screen, playing such lovable characters as the old doctor, played by Campbell, Charlie Farquaharson, the radio announcer (for station KORN) played by Herron, and Tapp as the man of the Nagger household and the storekeeper plagued by a bumbling clerk. "Hee Haw" was known for its down-home, simple humor, which appealed to people all over the world.
The humor may have been homespun and geared to the lowest common denominator, but the music was first-class. Buck Owens' award-winning Buckaroos provided much of the musical entertainment. Musical guests included all the big name entertainers of the day, from Loretta Lynn and Charlie Pride to Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson. Many of the show's regular cast members were extremely talented musically as well, such as Lulu Roman, Roni Stoneman, and, of course, Buck Owens and Roy Clark. The "Hee Haw Gospel Quartet" was a favorite of many viewers, and several of their albums are still available today.
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