Country Music’s “Grand Old Man” Roy Clark, dies at 85

“Hee Haw” television star has died.

Roy Clark, the well-known virtuoso guitar player, probably best known from his appearance in the TV show “Hee Haw” and with country hits like “The Tips of My Fingers” and “Yesterday, When I Was Young” passed away after complications from pneumonia, in his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Roy Clark came from a home where music had a huge impact on his life, and as a Country music legend, he impacted many upcoming musicians with his warmth and honesty.

“Roy Clark, a musician who became a household name as a host on TV’s “Hee Haw,” has died. A virtuoso guitar player, his hits included “The Tips of My Fingers” and “Yesterday, When I Was Young.” At the peak of his fame in the ’60s and ’70s, he guest-hosted “The Tonight Show” in addition to his appearances on “Hee Haw” and concert work. Clark was 85.
The Lansing State Journal

Country Music Hall of Fame member and versatile entertainer Roy Clark died Thursday at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma,  after complications from pneumonia, his publicist said. He was 85. 

A fleet-fingered instrumentalist best known for his 24 years as a “Hee Haw” co-host, the affable Clark was one of country music’s most beloved ambassadors. 

He brought heart and humor to audiences around the world, guest-hosted “The Tonight Show,” worked with greats like Hank Williams and blues artist Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and inspired countless pickers, including a young Brad Paisley, with his instructional guitar books.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Image Source