'Hee Haw' host Roy Clark dies

Roy Clark, country music star, dies at age 85

Roy Clark, Country Music Legend and 'Hee Haw' Host Dead at 85

A publicist says country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the TV show "Hee Haw" for almost a quarter century, has died.

The legendary "superpicker", GRAMMY, CMA and ACM award victor, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed "Hee Haw" television series, died due to complications from pneumonia.

Clark served as co-host of Hee Haw in all three of its incarnations; the series began on CBS in 1969, then transitioned to first-run syndication in 1971, where it ran through 1993. Clark died on November 15, 2018 at the age of 85. His death was announced in a statement from his publicists.

Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Va., he grew up mostly in Washington, D.C., and gained a love of all kinds of music early on. He started playing guitar at age 14, and a year later was performing in his father's square dance band.

Clark's career really took off in 1960 when he was invited to perform in Las Vegas. Clark was a trailblazer, becoming one of the first country performers to open a theater in Branson, Missouri. That was followed by his first country hit, "The Tips Of My Fingers". He had almost two-dozen Top 40 country hits, including "The Tip of My Fingers", "Yesterday, When I Was Young" and "I Never Picked Cotton".

In October 2000, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and he was actively involved with school children who attend the Roy Clark Elementary School in Tulsa, Okla.

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