Roy Clark, Legendary Country Guitarist and 'Hee Haw' Star, Dies at 85

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Roy Clark, the legendary guitarist and singer, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member, Grammy, ACM and CMA award winner and co-host of the "Hee Haw" television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

His 24-year sting on the at times deliberately corny "Hee Haw" show belied his stellar musicianship and deep pedigree as a country-music pioneer, particularly the "Bakersfield" sound of the late 1950s and early 1960s in which he was deeply involved with fellow picker Buck Owens, who also appeared on the show. With the later rise of country stars ranging from Emmylou Harris and Dwight Yoakam to Brad Paisley and Keith Urban, Clark's vast influence has received its proper due.

He is survived by Barbara, his wife of sixty-one years, his sons Roy Clark II and wife Karen, Dr. Michael Meyer and wife Robin, Terry Lee Meyer, Susan Mosier and Diane Stewart, and his grandchildren: Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb Clark, Josiah Clark and his sister, Susan Coryell.

A memorial celebration will be held in the coming days in Tulsa, Okla., details forthcoming.

11/15/2018 12:48

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