Roy Linwood Clark


Roy Clark, a country music star and former host of the long-running TV series "Hee
Haw," died Thursday, his representative told CNN.
He was 85.

Clark died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma,
according to publicist Sandy Brokaw.

Raised in Washington D.C. and graduated from
Chamberlain High School (1951),
the guitarist and banjo player began his musical career as a young teen. He made his
first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry at age 17.

Band gigs led to television appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "American

In 1969, Clark and Buck Owens were tapped to co-host "Hee Haw." The country
music and comedy show aired in syndication for more than two decades, with Clark
as host or co-host its entire run.

In a tribute to Clark sent by his representatives, they shared some quotes from the
country star about his career,
"A TV camera goes right through your soul," Clark said of his screen work. "If you're a
bad person, people pick that up. I'm a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that
everything had to be a belly laugh. But I've come to realize that a real sincere smile is
mighty powerful."

With hits like "The Tips of My Fingers" and "Yesterday, When I Was Young," Clark
was one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the country and pop

In 1982, Clark won a Grammy for best country instrumental performance for "Alabama
Jubilee." He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole