Roy Clark

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The legendary guitar “super picker” himself is still entertaining audiences of all ages with his amazing music and skill. Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Roy Clark, is one of the most recognizable, loved, and respected faces in country music.

Roy Clark is truly talented multi-award winning virtuoso, actor, vocalist, and philanthropist. He has headlined some of the world’s most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Grand Palace in Brussels, and even the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow. Some of his awards include: Entertainer of the Year and Comedy Act of the Year from the Academy of Country Music, Picker of the Year from Playboy Magazine’s Reader’s Poll, Best Country Guitarist from Guitar Magazine, as well as a Grammy Award for the famous “Alabama Jubilee.”

Born in Virginia as the son of two amateur musicians, Roy Clark began playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin at an early age. He was already playing guitar behind his father at local dances by the time he turned 14 years old. Soon Roy went on to win two National Banjo Championships. His second win earned him an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry – of which he eventually became a member of in 1987.

In 1963, Roy was signed to Capitol Records, and his first single for the label, “Tips of My Fingers”, became a Top Ten hit. Among his numerous vocal hits are “Yesterday, When I Was Young” and “Thank God and Greyhound”. Having won awards for both guitar and banjo, Clark also co-starred on the silver screen with Mel Tillis, in the comedy film, Uphill All the Way.

Roy became a favorite recurring actor on the classic television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies and he was the first country music artist to guest host on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Soon, the television variety show, Hee Haw, began its run in 1969 on CBS. Roy Clark and Buck Owens were the co-hosts and it soon became one of the most popular shows on television. Hee Haw continued to thrive throughout the next decade after it moved into syndication.

Clark’s many country hits include Top Ten singles like, “Thank God and Greyhound” (1970), “I Never Picked Cotton” (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) He also played concerts and recorded albums with a wide variety of musicians from other genres, including the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Roy Clark had already become a country music icon by the middle of the 1980’s. During the ’90s, he concentrated on performing at his theater in Branson, MO. and he is still pleasing his fans and releasing new music on his own label, Roy Clark, Ltd.

Whether you are booking an event for a large corporation in need of a unique country performance, or a casino owner looking for unique and famous entertainment – no one really compares to the one-and-only Roy Clark. Roy’s tunes have a longevity that reaches over generations. He brings the joy of his exceptional performances to concert venues, special events, private parties, fairs, festivals, and casinos.

It’s easy to see why Clark has transcended the generations to still be the figure that he is. Clark has made a career introducing folks young and old, punk and rocker, all about hillbilly music. We should all take notice of his favor to us all. — Tom Topkoff (Hybrid Magazine)
Clark put on a show that, if not outstanding, was entertaining from start to finish. Expect a performance by a seasoned showman who’s not afraid to confront his age –  indeed, he embraced and made use of it. And made light of it. Clark has always been far more regarded for his playing than for his pleasant but pedestrian voice (neither of which, by the way, has suffered for his age). — John J. Moser (Lehigh Valley Music)
Roy Clark is a charming entertainer with legendary talent and a great band for back up. The blend between young and “mature” was refreshing and showed that the musical spirit is always young at heart. — Lorraine Viade (fan at La Mirada Theatre, CA)
It was a very entertaining event! I loved to see Roy Clark again and find his music to be one of the best! — Judy Haugen (fan at La Mirada Theatre, CA)

 

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