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    Roy Clark

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive lyrics
    2Kaw-Liga lyrics
    Joe Pass feat. Roy Clark
    3Go Tell It On The Mountain lyrics
    4I'll Paint You a Song lyrics
    5Hey, Good Lookin' lyrics
    6In a Million Years Or So lyrics
    7Chompin' lyrics
    8Worried Mind lyrics
    9Bugle Call Rag lyrics
    10Away In A Manger lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Roy Clark Live! [Dot] [1972]
    Yesterday, When I Was Young [Dot] [1969]
    The Tip of My Fingers [Capitol] [1963]
    Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 [Varese] [1997]
    5Overdue Blues
    6Roy Clark Sings & Plays Gospel Greats, Vol. 2
    7Roy Clark Sings & Plays Gospel Greats, Vol. 1
    8Hold It
    9Happy to Be Unhappy [Capitol] [1964]
    10The Lightning Fingers [Capitol] [1963]


    In the '70s, Roy Clark symbolized country music in the U.S.
    and abroad. Between guest-hosting for Johnny Carson on The
    Tonight Show and performing to packed houses in the Soviet
    Union on a tour that sold out all 18 concerts, he used his
    musical talent and his entertaining personality to bring
    country music into homes across the world. As one of the
    hosts of TV's Hee Haw (Buck Owens was the other) for more
    than 20 years, Clark picked and sang and offered country
    corn to 30 million people weekly. He is first and foremost an
    entertainer, drawing crowds at venues as different as Las
    Vegas, Atlantic City, and the Opry. His middle-of-the-road
    approach has filled a national void, with Clark offering
    country that was harder-edged than Kenny Rogers but softer
    and more accessible than Waylon Jennings. Among his
    numerous vocal hits are "Yesterday, When I Was Young"
    and "Thank God and Greyhound." Instrumentally he has won
    awards, for both guitar and banjo. Clark has also co-starred
    on the silver screen with Mel Tillis, in the comedy Uphill All
    the Way.

    The son of two amateur musicians, Roy Clark began playing
    banjo, guitar, and mandolin at an early age. By the time he
    was 14, he was playing guitar behind his father at local
    dances. Within a few years, he had won two National Banjo
    Championships, with his second win earning him an
    appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. Despite his success as a
    musician, Clark decided to pursue an athletic career,
    rejecting baseball for boxing. At the age of 17, he won 15
    fights in a row before deciding that he would rather be a
    musician than a fighter.

    Clark found work at local clubs, radio stations, and television
    shows. By 1955, he was a regular on Jimmy Dean's D.C.
    -based television show, Country Style. Once Dean left
    Washington for New York, Clark took over the show, and over
    the next few years he earned a reputation as an excellent
    musician and entertainer. In 1960, he decided to leave the
    East Coast to pursue his fame and fortune out West. That
    year, he became the leader of Wanda Jackson's band,
    playing on her hit singles like "Let's Have a Party," as well as
    touring with the singer and playing concerts with her in Las
    Vegas. Once Jackson decided to break up her band, Clark
    continued to play regularly at the Frontier Hotel in Vegas and
    through his new manager, Jackson's ex-manager Jim Halsey,
    he landed spots on The Tonight Show and the sitcom The
    Beverly Hillbillies, where he played both Cousin Roy and Big
    Mama Halsey.

    In 1963, Clark signed to Capitol Records, and his first single
    for the label, "Tips of My Fingers," became a Top Ten hit.
    Over the next two years, he had a handful of minor hits for
    Capitol before he switched labels, signing with Dot in 1968.
    At Dot, his career took off again, through covers of pop
    songs like Charles Aznavour's "Yesterday, When I Was
    Young" (number nine, 1969). However, what really turned
    Clark's career around was not records, but rather a
    television show called Hee Haw. Conceived as a country
    version of Laugh-In, Hee Haw began its run in 1969 on CBS.
    Roy Clark and Bakersfield country pioneer Buck Owens were
    picked as co-hosts. Over the next two years, it was one of
    the most popular shows on television. In 1971, CBS dropped
    the show because its corny country humor didn't fit the
    network's new, urban image, but Hee Haw quickly moved
    into syndication, where it continued to thrive throughout the

    While Hee Haw was at the height of its popularity, Clark had a
    string of country hits that ranged from Top Ten singles like "I
    Never Picked Cotton" (1970), "Thank God and Greyhound"
    (1970), "The Lawrence Welk — Hee Haw Counter-Revolution
    Polka" (1972), "Come Live With Me" (1973), "Somewhere
    Between Love and Tomorrow" (1973), "Honeymoon Feelin'"
    (1974), and "If I Had It to Do All Over Again" (1976) to a
    multitude of minor hits. Though he didn't consistently top the
    country charts, Clark became one of the most recognizable
    faces in country music, appearing on television commercials,
    Hee Haw, and touring not only the United States but a
    number of other countries, including a groundbreaking
    sojourn to the Soviet Union in 1976. Frequently, he played
    concerts and recorded albums with a wide variety of
    musicians from other genres, including the Boston Pops
    Orchestra and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.

    In 1979, the momentum of his career began to slow down, as
    he left his longtime label ABC/Dot for MCA. Over the next
    two years, he had a number of minor hits before leaving the
    label. He recorded one inspirational album for Songbird in
    1981 before signing to Churchill in 1982. Hee Haw's audience
    was beginning to decline in the early '80s, but Clark
    diversified his interests by investing in property, minor
    -league baseball teams, cattle, publishing, and advertising.
    None of Clark's recordings for Churchill were big hits, and his
    brief stays at Silver Dollar in 1986 and Hallmark in 1989 also
    resulted in no hits. Nevertheless, Clark had become a
    country icon by the mid-'80s, so his lack of sales didn't
    matter — he continued to sell out concerts and win awards;
    he even made the comedy Western Uphill All the Way in
    1986 with Mel Tillis. In 1987, he was belatedly made a
    member of the Grand Ole Opry. During the '90s, Clark
    concentrated on performing at his theater in Branson, MO,
    sporadically releasing re-recordings of his big hits on a
    variety of small labels, though 2000's Live at Billy Bob's
    Texas marked his first live release in nearly a decade.
    Christmas Memories followed that same year.

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