Hee Haw host Roy Clark dies at 85

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

Roy Clark, 'Hee Haw' host, dies at 85

Six years later, he scored a second Top Ten hit with "Yesterday, When I Was Young", and became the co-host, with Buck Owens, of Hee Haw.

Clark died at the age of 85 his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, due to complications caused by pneumonia, according to reports.

Clark hosted Hee Haw, the longest-running syndicated show in TV history. "It brings a smile to too many faces", he said in 2004, when the show was distributed on VHS and DVD for the first time.

"Its sad he's passed but he'll be up in heaven pickin' and grinnin' I guess" said Debi Burroughs, a Sherman resident.

Keith Urban, who won entertainer of the year Wednesday night from the Country Music Association, also honored Clark on Thursday.

"Roy Clark shaped my path", Paisely said in another Tweet.

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".

Clark was born in Meherrin, Virginia, and received his first guitar on his 14th Christmas. Clark not only hosted the show, but also appeared in comedy sketches and performed musical numbers, counting himself among members of the show's Million Dollar Band. 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".

A country music star now gone, but never will be forgotten.

He also played banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments.

In the 1950s, Clark played in bands in the Washington, D.C., area. Not only did he play with the Boston Pops, but he did a music tour in the Soviet Union in 1976 - during the Cold War.

Clark bee-bopped around playing with several artists for years - including David "Stringbean" Akeman and Wanda Jackson - before signing with Capitol Records.

Clark's career really took off in 1960 when he was invited to perform in Las Vegas. That same year, his work on the song "Alabama Jubilee" earned him the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

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

Clark served as a host for the entire series, while Owens - who later dismissed the program as a "cartoon donkey" - left in 1986.

'We became a part of the family. "They identified with these clowns, and we had good music".

'This was the icing on the cake.

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