Country Music Hall of Fame Member Roy Clark died yesterday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 85. He was one of the best guitar and banjo players in country music. Here are some of his best known songs, "Yesterday When I Was Young," playing guitar on "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky, and banjo on the classic "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". He could also play a mean fiddle.
Hee Haw gave Roy Clark national exposure . . . he co-hosted it with Buck Owens. Here's Roy and the show's producer, Sam Lovullo, talking about the show. Fun fact: CBS decided to cancel it because the network thought it was too rural. They dumped other successful "hillbillie" shows like "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Green Acres" too. It's known as the "rural purge."