"Roy Linwood Clark" (born April 15 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia) is one of the most versatile and well-known country music musicians and performers. He is best known for hosting one of the first nationally televised country variety shows in the United States, ''Hee Haw'' from 1969 - 1992.
Clark has been an iconic figure in country music, both as a musician and as a popularizer of country music. Clark is an entertainer, most of all, with an amiable personality and a telegenic presence.
In the '70s, Roy Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on ''The Tonight Show'' and enjoyed a 30,000,000 viewership for "Hee Haw." As both a guitarist and banjo player, Clark is a virtuoso. He is also skilled in Classical and Spanish guitar, in addition to playing several other instruments. While he has had hit songs (e.g. "Yesterday, When I was Young" and "Thank God and Greyhound"), his instrumental skill has had an enormous impact on succeeding generations of both bluegrass and country musicians.