Roy Clark, host of Hee Haw, has died.

Roy Clark a conversation with OETA (cropped)Roy Clark, 85, on November 15th of pneumonia in Tulsa Oklahoma. Born in Virginia his family moved to Washington D.C. when he was young. He began playing in county and western clubs there as a teenager and found his way into country music programming at the dawn of television. Best known for hosting the variety show Hee Haw he also had a recurring character on The Beverly Hillbillies.

He was an influential guitarist, banjo player, and fiddler in country and bluegrass music and a Country Music Hall of Famer. He also played classical guitar and jazz. As  a vocalist he had pop hits with “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God and Greyhound.”

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