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Clai Countri Music Hall of Fame and a diverse entertainer Roi Clark died on Thursday in Tulsa, the home of Oklahoma for complications from pneumonia, his publicist reported. He was 85 years old.

The flagship instrumentalist, best known for his 24 years as a host of Hee Hava, the lovely Clark was one of the most beloved ambassadors of music in the country.

He brought the heart and humor to the audience all over the world, guest guest "The Tonight Shov", collaborated with greats like Hank Villiams and blues artist Clarence "Gatemouth" Brovn, inspired countless pickers, including young Brad Paisley, with the guitar book guitar .

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"He is honest," said Countri Music Hall Family Harold Bradley when Clark was admitted in 2009. "Whether he's playing a guitar or singing, he's honest. Whatever he does, he shines."

Roi Linwood Clark was born April 15, 1933 in Mehringen, Virginia. The oldest of five children, he grew up in a musical family.

He learned to play the banjo in the early years, but that was the guitar that talked with him. "When I first entered the wires, something clipped in," he told The Tennessean in 1987.

Within a few weeks when he learned his first chords, teenager Clark was playing behind his father in square dances. Shortly thereafter, he appeared on local radio and television.

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"The camera was very nice to me, and I consider myself a television baby," Clark said in 2009. "At first I was not so talented, but they had to fill the time … so they said:" Well, come on to take the child. "Later I reached the place where I watched the camera, I did not see mechanical equipment, I saw a person."

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While still in teenage classes, he won the championship in the ban, and in 1949 he worked briefly at a show led by Hank Villiams.

Clark's rude music captured the ear of Jimmy Dean, who worked on television and worked in Washington, DC. Dean hired a young musician and then fired him for his repeat tardine. "He said," Clark, one day you will be a big star, but now I can not afford to have someone like you, "Clark remembered in a 1988 article in Tennessee.

Dean's prediction eventually happened.

During the early days of Nashville, Clark and Benjamin David's "Stringbean" Akeman worked on any stage they could find. "We played a ride – in theaters, stood at the top of the projection cabin," Clark told The Tennessean in 2009. "If people liked it, they would break their horns."

Las Vegas to Leningrad

In 1960, Clark joined the rockabilli / countri artists Vanda Jackson band, playing guitar and opening their shows at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas.

Jackson was on Capitol Records, and after Ken Nelson, the A & R man on the label, heard Clark at one of his concerts, he signed it.

As a solo artist, Clarke's hit, hit in 1963, came when his version of the "My Fingers Council" Bill Anderson hit number 10 on state records, and he succeeded in establishing a crossover with the death of 1969. "Yesterday, when I was was young ". (1995, performed this song at the funeral of Mickey Mantle.)

Clark's role as Buck Woods's piece of film at Hee Hav, in combination with hits such as "Thank God and Greihound" and "Come Live Vith Me", in the 1970s led the country to the audience. In 1973, he won the State Entertainment Music Award for the Year; Later in the decade he won the CMA instrumentalist of the year, both as a solo musician and Buck Trent.

As an entertainer, Clark falsified his path. He became one of the first land stars to visit the Soviet Union when he started a 18-year excursion with Oak Ridge Bois. Twelve years later, he returned to U.S.S.R. for a "friendly tour".

He was also the first star star to open a theater in Branson, Missouri. The famous Roi Clark Theater opened in 1983. In the same year, he won the Grammy Avard Best Countri Instrumentalist Performance Award for recording "Alabama Jubilee", and several other artists followed him in a tourist town.

1987. Clark became a member of Grand Ole Opri. He was admitted to the Hall of Famous Hall of Families in 2009 along with Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoi.

When the Countri Music Association celebrated the 50th annual CMA award in 2016, Clark sat on a five-string ban in his wing, and Paisley helped start the show. They played "Bucketheads" Tiger bi the Tail, but it was their re-introduction to the most famous "Hee Hav" lines of Owen and Clark that brought the loudest rumors: "I am …"

"… and I'm grinning." "

After the awards, Paisley wrote on Twitter: "I'll never get over this moment."

You go to Clark's death with the grandson of Elia Clark. He was survived by Barbara, his wife 61 years old, his sons Roi Clark II and wife Karen, Dr. Michael Meier and his wife Robin, Terri Lee Meier, Susan Mosier and Diana Stevart, as well as his grandchildren: Brittani Meier, Michael Meier, Caleb Clark , Josiah Clark and his sister, Susan Coriell.

Memorial marking will be held in the next days in Tulsa. Details are upcoming.

This story is in progress and will be updated.


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