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Flashback: Roy Clark Picks and Grins With Jerry Reed on ‘Hee Haw’

Flashback: Roy Clark Picks and Grins With Jerry Reed on ‘Hee Haw’
Roy Clark, who died Thursday at 85, may have been one of country music’s most revered musicians, but he found broad fame as the co-host of Hee Haw, opposite Buck Owens. The country variety series also served as a showcase for Clark’s playing though, especially its “Pickin’ and Grinnin'” segment.

The bit often featured one of the show’s musical guest stars, who, for the most part, tried to keep up with Clark, whose prowess on guitar, banjo and other instruments could certainly prove intimidating.

In the above “Pickin
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Roy Clark: 6 Great Live Performances by Country Guitarist

Roy Clark: 6 Great Live Performances by Country Guitarist
Roy Clark may have found his most wide audience as the co-host of the TV comedy series Hee Haw, but it was his prowess on the guitar, banjo and fiddle that made him such a hit with music fans, including famous friends like Brad Paisley. Clark died Thursday at 85, leaving behind a legacy of thrilling live performances. Here are six of his best.

“Twelfth Street Rag”

On the 1962 Capitol LP The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark, the guitar picker trained his dizzy digits on such familiar tunes as “Golden Slippers” and “In the Mood.
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Roy Clark, Hee Haw Host, Dead at 85

Roy Clark, Hee Haw Host, Dead at 85
Roy Clark, best known to TV audiences as co-host of the long-running country music variety series Hee Haw, has died at the age of 85.

According to Variety, Clark passed away in his Tulsa, Okla. home following complications from pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, as well as his four children and five grandchildren.

Clark served as co-host of Hee Haw in all three of its incarnations; the series began on CBS in 1969, then transitioned to first-run syndication in 1971, where it ran through 1993. A short-lived revival then aired on the now-defunct Tnn from 1996-1997.

Prior to Hee Haw, Clark
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Roy Clark Dies: ‘Hee Haw’ And Country Music Star Was 85

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Roy Clark Dies: ‘Hee Haw’ And Country Music Star Was 85
Roy Clark, the popular country music singer-guitarist who co-hosted the long-running sketch/variety series Hee Haw with Buck Owens, died today of pneumonia complications at his home in Tulsa, Ok. He was 85.

CBS launched Hee Haw in summer 1969 as country music’s answer to Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Weaving performances by the genre’s top stars with surprise cameos and down-home comedy skits loaded with catchphrases, it lasted three seasons on the network — finishing in the primetime ratings top 20 in each of its first two — before moving to first-run syndication in 1971 — where it aired for 22 more years.

Among the many series regulars over the years were Louis “Grandpa” Jones, Minnie Pearl — she of the $1.98 pricetag hanging from her flowered hat — Barbi Benton, Roy Acuff, Harry Cole and that animated donkey who punctuated the punchlines with the shows titular laugh. Clark’s longtime co-host Owens died in 2006.

As a musician,
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Roy Clark, Country Guitarist and ‘Hee Haw’ Host, Dead at 85

Roy Clark, Country Guitarist and ‘Hee Haw’ Host, Dead at 85
Roy Clark, the multi-talented musician, Country Music Hall of Fame member and co-host of Hee Haw, died Thursday at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, of complications from pneumonia. Clark’s publicist confirmed the musician’s death. He was 85.

Clark was often quoted as saying, “I grew old on Hee Haw, but I could’ve grown old without it.” He and his longtime co-star on the show, Buck Owens, delivered corn-fed punchlines, which earned the series plenty of eye-rolling ridicule, but the pair, and their many co-stars through the years, also provided
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Roy Clark, ‘Hee Haw’ Host and Country Music Legend, Dies at 85

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Roy Clark, ‘Hee Haw’ Host and Country Music Legend, Dies at 85
Roy Clark, the country music singer and co-host of “Hee Haw,” the country-infused variety show, died on Thursday. He was 85.

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

Though success didn’t come early for him, Clark became one of the first musicians to bring country music to a wider audience. Starting in 1969, he was either a host or co-host — along with Buck Owens and others — of “Heehaw,” which was on the air for 24 years.

As for his solo career, Clark’s hit songs include “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” “Come Live with Me” and “Thank God and Greyhound.”

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Outside of his hosting duties, Clark was known as an expert picker, a multi-instrumentalist, and one of the first artists to play in Branson,
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Roy Clark, Legendary Country Guitarist and ‘Hee Haw’ Star, Dies at 85

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Roy Clark, Legendary Country Guitarist and ‘Hee Haw’ Star, Dies at 85
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 starring stint on the at times deliberately corny “Hee Haw” television 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. (The biography that follows is an edited version of one provided by 2911 Media.)

Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia,
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Flashback: Buck Owens Gets Creepy With ‘Monsters’ Holiday’

Flashback: Buck Owens Gets Creepy With ‘Monsters’ Holiday’
On the morning of October 30th, 1973, one day before Halloween, Buck Owens and his Buckaroos, including guitarist Don Rich, entered Owens’ Bakersfield studio to record the song that would serve as the title cut of his next Capitol LP.

Although Owens had written and recorded lighthearted songs that had been peppered throughout the nearly 50 albums he had released up to that point, two of the last three Top 10 hits he would have (until the 1988 Number One duet, “Streets of Bakersfield,” with Dwight Yoakam), were novelty tunes, including the supremely silly “(It’s a) Monsters’ Holiday.
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‘Easy Loving’ Singer Freddie Hart Dead at 91

Mellow-voiced singer and prolific songwriter Freddie Hart, whose self-penned single “Easy Loving” was one of the biggest crossover hits of the early Seventies, died Saturday in Burbank, California. He was 91.

In addition to winning the Acm award for Song of the Year in 1971, “Easy Loving” was a Top 20 hit on the pop chart, a million-seller and earned Hart two Grammy nominations and the first of two consecutive Cma Song of the Year honors in 1971. Over the next two years, he would reach Number One on the country chart five additional times,
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See Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam’s Rowdy ‘Fast As You’ at Hollywood Bowl

See Dierks Bentley, Dwight Yoakam’s Rowdy ‘Fast As You’ at Hollywood Bowl
Dierks Bentley wrapped up his Mountain High Tour at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles this weekend with a surprise appearance from Dwight Yoakam, who showed up to perform “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” and then “Fast As You” with the help of Brothers Osborne.

Bentley, playing on Yoakam’s home turf in the Golden State, revs up for “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” by trading some jabs about his home city of Phoenix with Yoakam, who’s synonymous with Bakersfield (thanks to his Number One hit with Buck Owens,
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Flashback: Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens Take ‘Streets of Bakersfield’ to Number One

Flashback: Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens Take ‘Streets of Bakersfield’ to Number One
In 1986, Dwight Yoakam delivered a rhinestone-studded debut LP, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. To anyone with a sense of country-music history, it was obvious Yoakam, a Kentucky native who broke into the genre on the West Coast, owed a huge debt to another sparkling entertainer: Buck Owens. He even dedicated that debut album to the legendary performer. Two albums later, Yoakam upped the ante on classic country with the magical Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, and in the process he paid homage to one of his biggest inspirations by returning
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Lindsay Ell Announces First Headlining Tour

Lindsay Ell Announces First Headlining Tour
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Lindsay Ell has been named as the headlining performer on the final Monster Energy Outbreak Tour of 2018, which will get underway October 27th.

It will be the first headlining tour for the Calgary, Alberta native, who released her debut album Criminal in 2017 and saw the title track reach the Top 20 in the U.S. and Number One in her home country. In 2018, she has been playing a supporting role on Sugarland’s national Still the Same Tour and will weave in appearances on select dates of Keith Urban’s Graffiti U Tour this fall.
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Concert Review: Ex-Byrds Deliver Stirring ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ Tribute

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Concert Review: Ex-Byrds Deliver Stirring ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ Tribute
Tracing the progression of rock ‘n’ roll as art in the 1960s, it’s easy to see how each of the great bands of the time attempted to build on and outdo what had come just before. The Beach Boys’ 1966 release “Pet Sounds” has often been cited by Paul McCartney as the springboard for the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” the following year. And hearing that psych-pop landmark, what evolutionary choice did the Byrds have in 1968 but to blow the collective minds of the Haight-Ashbury generation with… an album of traditional country music.

“Sweetheart of the Rodeo” is widely regarded as the world’s first true country-rock album. That R&R&C&W landmark status makes it riper than any other effort in the Byrds’ catalog — even their earlier, far more successful efforts — for silver-haired, silver-anniversary commemoration. Fans are getting the desired “Sweetheart” deal with a tour headlined by ex-Byrds Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman,
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Alan Jackson on His Entry into the Country Music Hall of Fame: ‘To Be in Here, It’s Just Amazing’

Alan Jackson on His Entry into the Country Music Hall of Fame: ‘To Be in Here, It’s Just Amazing’
With one of the most celebrated careers in the history of country music, Alan Jackson is often asked if he still has anything left to accomplish. Until now, he hasn’t dared to speak his heart’s desire.

“I never say the Country Music Hall of Fame because I just felt like that was kind of pretentious, you know, to think that I deserve to be in there,” he said, standing in the Hall of Fame Rotunda in Nashville. “I never say that. But now I can say this is about the last dream on the list right here.”

He could say it because,
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Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Brett Eldredge and More Turn Out for New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Brett Eldredge and More Turn Out for New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit
Can we get a hallelujah?

Not just for Maren Morris’ Grammy-winning single “My Church,” but for every other stellar achievement of the past year that has kept country fans coming back for more.

All the standout tunes, trends and triumphs of last year are showcased in a new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit titled American Currents (The Music of 2016) — which opened Friday — and many of its subjects turned up at a preview event on Tuesday to see for themselves what they have accomplished.

What they saw in the hallowed Nashville museum is an amalgam that proves the diversity,
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13 Little-Known Facts About Goldie Hawn That Every Fan Should Know

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13 Little-Known Facts About Goldie Hawn That Every Fan Should Know
We all know Goldie Hawn for her infectious laugh, her unapologetic sense of humor, and her résumé stacked with iconic film roles, but there's a lot about the Hollywood family matriarch and Academy Award winner that you might not be aware of. From the career she might have had to why it took her and longtime partner Kurt Russell so long to get together, we've rounded up all the nuggets of trivia any Goldie fan should know. She almost ditched acting to be a country singer. Can you imagine a world where instead of filming movies like Overboard and Private Benjamin, Goldie was belting it out onstage at the Grand Ole Opry? In 1972, she recorded a country LP for Warner Brothers called Goldie, with the lead single titled "Pitta Patta." Although she had the help of country icons Dolly Parton and Buck Owens on the album, she ended up picking Hollywood over Nashville.
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Willie Nelson Cancels Three California Shows Due To Undisclosed Illness

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Country singer Willie Nelson has canceled three upcoming shows scheduled for Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California due to illness. Willie Nelson Cancels Three California Shows Nelson’s publicist Elaine Schock gave no details as to the specifics of the illness, but says the 83-year-old singer plans to be back on the road for his Feb. 16 […]

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"Hee-haw: The Collector's Edition", 14 DVD Set Released By Time Life

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Time Life has released the retro TV comedy series "Hee Haw" as a 14-dvd boxed set. Here is the official press release:

Program Description

Pickin’ and grinnin’, singin’ and spinnin’ tall tales and corny jokes, the citizens of Kornfield Kounty landed on television in 1969 with the arrival of Hee Haw as a summer replacement series for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. With a cast of down-to-earth characters including Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones and Archie Campbell, knee-slapping comedic zingers, and jaw-dropping musical performances, the comedy-variety show, co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, captivated the country. In 1971, after two successful years, CBS dropped the show in an effort to “de-countrify” the network’s programming; however, it was quickly picked up and aired for the next 21 years, making Hee Haw the longest-running weekly syndicated original series in television history.

In a new-to-retail set, Hee Haw: The Collector’S Edition offers 14 Hee-larious
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Brad Paisley Gets Emotional Seeing His Museum Exhibit: It’s ‘So Humbling’

Brad Paisley Gets Emotional Seeing His Museum Exhibit: It’s ‘So Humbling’
So what did Brad Paisley think after seeing his exhibit for the first time at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum? Of course he couldn’t resist. He had to bring out his famous wit.

“When’d he die?” he deadpanned. “That’s what it feels like.”

But don’t think for a moment that the exhibit opening on Thursday wasn’t an overwhelming experience for Paisley and his entire family, including his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who had just lost her mother the day before from a long battle with dementia.

In a private family preview, Paisley’s mother,
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Country Music Star, Merle Haggard‬ Dies on 79th Birthday

Country music legend Merle Haggard has died on his 79th birthday.

The veteran singer, who had been battling ill health in recent months, passed away on Wednesday (April 6).

Haggard had reportedly been receiving treatment in hospice care in his final days, according to CountryAircheck.com.

Announcing his latest concert cancellations on 29 March (16), the Okie From Muskogee singer admitted he was saddened to scrap the live dates.

"I want to thank my fans for their prayers and well wishes," he said in a statement via his publicist. "I hope to be back on the road in May, but I'm taking it one day at a time."

He had previously told Rolling Stone magazine he was on the mend, after he "nearly died" in December (15), when he spent 11 days in hospital.

"I'm really lucky to be alive," he told the publication. "It could've gone in another direction had I messed around a little more.
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