Good Evening My Dangerous Crew,
I am very saddened today by the news of the passing of Country Icon Roy Clark.
Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 13, 1933 in Meherrin Va, he was 1 of 7 children. He spent his childhood in Meherrin and Staten Island, Ny till he was 11 years old. The family then moved to Washington, Dc. At the age of 14 Roy began playing Banjo, Guitar, and Mandolin, at age 15 he won 2 Banjo Championships and world banjo/guitar flatpick championships. Roy was pursuing a sporting career, first as a baseball player and then as a boxer. At age 17 Roy Clark had his 1st appearance on the Grand Ole Opery. At the age of 23 Roy got his pilot license and began to fly and buy planes. His 1st plane was auctioned off in 2012 to benefit the Charity Wings of Hope. Roy also owned other planes. Jimmy Dean hired Roy to play in his band The Texas Wildcats in 1954. When Jimmys show went to television in 1957, Roy was fired for always being late. In 1963, Clark signed to Capitol Records and had three top ten hits. He switched to Dot Records and more hits covered the country music chart’s . He later recorded for ABC Records , which had acquired Dot, and MCA Records, which absorbed the ABC label! In the 1980’s Roy was also the spokesman for Hunt’s Ketchup.
Roy also appeared on several television shows from 1969 and through the years such as The Beverly Hillbillies as Cousin Roy, The Muppet Show, The Grand Ole Opry, The Flip Wilson Show, The Odd Couple and many more. Roy is most famous on Tv for Hosting Hee Haw along with the Legendary Buck Owens from 1969-1997. Hee Haw had many Country Royalty guests such as Loretta Lynn who will always be the Queen of Country, Garth Brooks and more.
A rep for the Grammy, CMA and ACM Award winner told TMZ Clark died Thursday morning at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clark had recently gotten pneumonia and ultimately passed because of complications from the illness. Roy Clark was 85.
All of us at The Caffeine Radio are deeply saddened by such a great loss to the music and entertainment industry. Please keep the family, friends and fans of Roy Clark in your hearts and prayers. Today there is another Angel in Gods Choir. R.I.P. Roy. 1933-2018
Hee Haw with Buck Owens, Jerry ( The Snowman) Reed and Roy Clark.