Roy Clark, country music legend and ‘Hee Haw’ star, dead at 85

Roy Clark, the legendary Country music singer, and a member of the Grand Ole Opry and co-host of the T.V. show, “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century, and He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009 has died. He was 85.

Roy Clark and Glen Campbell

Arkansas’ Glen Campbell with Roy Clark

Clark was born in Meherrin, Virginia, and received his first guitar on his 14th Christmas. He was playing in his father’s square dance band at age 15.

His hits included “The Tips of My Fingers” (1963), “Yesterday When I Was Young” (1969). He was also known for his instrumental versions of “Malaguena,” on 12-string guitar, and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”

One of his great fans was baseball great Mickey Mantle. The Yankees outfielder was moved to tears by “Yesterday When I Was Young” and for years made Clark promise to sing it at his memorial — a request granted after Mantle died in 1995.