Thursday, November 15, 2018

Roy Clark, R.I.P.

If you were a kid stuck with tv before the advent of cable tv, that meant Saturday afternoons were spent watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and Hee-Haw.   That meant you were going to watch Roy Clark.  He passed away today.  Enjoy some of his virtuosity on the banjo in the videos posted below.  Malaguena is particularly good.


Anonymous said...

One of the great ones. I didn't appreciate his talent until recently.

Anonymous said...

Rest in n peace, Roy.

Granpa Watsferlunch said...

Jimmy Dean fired him for habitual lateness. I never would trust a man who "smokes his own 'sausage'."


Gloom, despair, and agony on me
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery
If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all
Gloom, despair, and agony on me

Anonymous said...

Where, oh where, are you tonight?
Why did you leave me here all alone?
I searched the world over and I thought I'd found true love.
But you met another and pthhp! You was gone.

Anonymous said...

"I'm a pickin" and "I'm a grinnin" !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

He was corny, like Jerry Reed and Mel Tillis, but talented.

Anonymous said...

Hee Haw: The corny show that you and your friends made fun of, laughing about the dumb hicks that watched it. Then, you went home, and after making sure nobody was around, you turned on the TV and loved watching every second of it. Roy Clark was the best: phht and he’s gone.

Anonymous said...

Pickin' and Grinnin' with Buck in Heaven. I imagine one of the first questions he'll ask is, "HEY, GRANDPA! WHAT'S FOR SUPPER???"

Anonymous said...

Anyone think Roy saw the CMAs and thought “if this is what has become of country music, I don’t want to live on this planet anymore!” ??

Asking for a friend...

Anonymous said...

Sadly, now all of the top three guitar players in history are gone.

Anonymous said...

His talent was deep. He played guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, trombone, trumpet, harmonica, and drums. He was also a semi-pro baseball player and prizefighter, along with his TV escapades.

The best things about Hee Haw were the music and the babes.

Anonymous said...

Different styles but Roy would smoke Eric Clapton.

Anonymous said...

@7:56, I did NOT watch the CMAs earlier this week, because the current state of 'country' music is complete horse shit!! I'm not sure what to call it, but it is NOT country music. Real country music died off a long time ago.

pjmcilwaine said...

Learned to play guitar with the Roy Clark book complete with stickers you put on the fretboard to help learn the chords. Roy was a complete beast of a player! this coming from a metal head!

Anonymous said...

A lot of great players still out there...Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, Joe Bonamassa, Mark Knopfler,...

Louis LeFleur said...

Another great talent lost. Never a country music fan, but admired his talent and won't try to convince anyone that I never watched Hee Haw. 8:03, did you know that Jackson's own Skeets McWilliams was once voted the world's best? At least in some category, but I forget which.

Anonymous said...

Chuck Berry "still out there"? News travels slowly sometimes......

Burke said...

There should have been a Nobel Prize for stringed instruments. I would have loved to see Roy's acceptance speech, in a tux and without the Hee Haw persona. Not that there's anything wrong with the Hee Haw persona. I watched it happily for many years, often waiting mainly for the scantily clad farm babes draped around the barnyard.

But seriously, the man was a musical genius, as was Glen Campbell. But I still love me some Joe Walsh and Slash -- and yes, Mark Knopfler.

And if you don't know the name, you might acquaint yourself with Carlos Segovia.

Ophelia said...

It was “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” for bumpkins, all right. Of course, as a young girl I would flee the den, hands over ears, shrieking in mortal anguish as soon as the opening credits started. But if the Hager Twins happened to be in the episode, I would sneak back in and watch. They were cute!

Yes, rest well, Roy.

Anonymous said...

You mean Andres Segovia?

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