'Hee Haw' host Roy Clark dies

'Hee Haw' host Roy Clark dies

When the network canceled the show two-and-a-half years later, the program moved into syndication and aired until 1992.

According to Variety, Clark passed away in his Tulsa, Okla. home following complications from pneumonia.

Many remember him for his humor, voice and guitar picking.

Clark won the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award in 1973, and piled up award over the next decade both as a solo artist and with Buck Trent. Clark died on November 15, 2018 at the age of 85.

Vaughn said, "Roy Clark was always the same whether he was in front of a camera or on a stage or sitting back stage talking to everyone, he was real, he was a real person".

But it was the guitar that gave Clark his career. When Dean hosted The Tonight Show, he invited Clark to perform, introducing the nation to his protegé's prodigious musical skills. 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".

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He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and emotionally told the crowd how moving it was "just to be associated yourself with the members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and imagine that your name will be said right along with all the list".

"He loved his fans, there was not anytime that he was gonna leave early without the last fan getting the picture or autograph that they were seeking", said Vaughn. Clark, a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was best known for his banjo pickin", guitar strummin' and "Hee Haw' hostin'. He was playing in his father's square dance band at age 15.

Clark, who was instrumental in turning Branson, Mo., into a live music capitol, grew up in Washington, D.C. In 1960, Clark opened for Wanda Jackson in Las Vegas, and would go on to co-headline in Lake Tahoe with Andy Griffith and appear on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in the years that followed.

Clark and Owens worked together for years, but they had very different feelings about "Hee Haw".

'We became a part of the family. This put my face and name together'.

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