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Roy Clark

"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.

At the age of 14, Clark began playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin, and he won two National Banjo Championships by the age of 17. He was simultaneously pursuing a sporting career,...

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