Roy Clark, the Grammy-winning country music singer-guitarist that co-hosted the long-running sketch/variety collection Hee Haw v Buck Owens, passed away today the pneumonia complications at his home in Tulsa, OK. He to be 85.

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But that knew and also respected the strength of TV: “Television really has been responsible for every little thing that I’ve excellent successfully,” that told the TV Academy in a 2005 interview (watch a video clip clip below). “I can’t put it right into anything else. No substantial hit records. No 30,000 concert attendance, other than a couple of times. Yet you put this face on television, week in, week out, they’d prevent me and they’d say, ‘Hey, Roy, how are friend doing?’ They’d know who ns was, what ns was, what ns looked like, and what i did — all from seeing and also hearing it at the same time top top television.”

SAG-AFTRA claimed today: “Roy Clark wasan amazing talentin the civilization of nation musicandtruly one ambassador for the arts form. A member of our union for virtually 64 years, he to be a significant influence ~ above generations that musicians and also introduced nation music to a new, global audience with television. With a personality that exuded warmth and kindness, that saddens united state to bid farewell to this tenderness man, but his artistryis forever woven into the cloth of Americana.”

Roy Linwood Clark was born on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, VA, however his household moved to Washington, D.C. Once he to be a kid. His father played in a square run band and also took him to free concerts by the nationwide Symphony and also by armed forces bands. “I was subjected to various kinds the music prior to I ever played,” Clark said. “Dad said, ‘Never rotate your ear turn off to music till your love hears it — since then you can hear something you like."”

Clark is member of the nation Music room of Fame and also Grand Ole Opry and also has a star ~ above the Hollywood go of Fame. He also won the Acedemy of nation Music’s Pioneer Award.

Clark is endured by Barbara, his wife of 61 years; his sister, Susan Coryell; his young Roy Clark II and also wife Karen, Dr. Michael Meyer and also wife Robin, terry Lee Meyer, Susan Mosier and also Diane Stewart, and also four grandchildren.

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Here is a clip from the TV Academy structures “The Interviews” collection about Clark’s memory of performing top top The Ed Sullivan Show:

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