Magazine article Guitar Player

Roy Clark: Five Acts of a Legend

Magazine article Guitar Player

Roy Clark: Five Acts of a Legend

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> Born into a musical family in 1933, Roy Clark took up guitar at 14 after receiving a $14.95 Sears Silvertone model for Christmas. In just two weeks, he had mastered open chords and was performing with his father, a government worker who moonlighted playing guitar, banjo and fiddle at Washington, D.C.-area dances.

> A local TV appearance in 1955 led to Clark receiving a radio job with singer Jimmy Dean, then a star on the Washington, D.C. scene. Dean axed him for constantly arriving late, saying, "You're the most talented person I've ever fired." Clark then became f rontman for country singer Wanda Jackson and played lead guitar on her hit "Let's Have a Party."

> An insanely fast guitar picker, Clark, like his dad, was also fluent on fiddle and banjo. His confident stage presence and flair for comedy earned him a guest spot hosting the Tonight Show in 1963. In 1969, he achieved national fame when he and guitarist Buck Owens became cohosts of the TV comedy variety show Hee Haw. …

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