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Roy Clark Biography

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Born: 1933/04/15
Birth Place: Meherrin, Virginia
Years Active: 1950 - present
Genres: Country Music

Roy L. Clark (born April 15, 1933) is an American country music musician and performer. He is best known for hosting ''Hee Haw'', a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969–1992. Clark has been a popular figure in country music, both as a musician and as a popularizer of the genre. He is an entertainer most of all, with an amiable personality and a telegenic presence.

During the 1970s, Clark frequently guest-hosted for Johnny Carson on ''The Tonight Show'' and enjoyed a 30-million viewership for ''Hee Haw''. Clark is highly regarded as both a guitarist and banjo player, and is also skilled in classical guitar as well as playing several other instruments. While he has had hit songs as a pop vocalist (e.g., "Yesterday, When I Was Young" and "Thank God And Greyhound"), his instrumental skill has had an enormous effect on succeeding generations of both bluegrass and country musicians. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and The Country Music Hall of Fame.