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Roy Clark Roy Clark is the son of two musicians He was born on April 15 1933 in Meherrin Virginia Clark began playing banjo guitar and mandolin at an early age By the time he was 14 he was playing guitar behind his father at local dances Within a few years he has won two national banjo championships with his second win earning him an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry Despite his success as a musician Roy decided to pursue an athletic career rejecting baseball for boxing At the age of 17 he won 15 fights in a row before deciding that he would rather be a musician that a fighter Clark found work at local clubs radio stations and television shows By 1955 he was a regular on Jimmy Deans DC based television show Country Style Clark soon took over the show and over the next few years he earned a reputation as an excellent musician and entertainer In 1963 Clark signed to Capitol Records and his first single for the label Tips of My Fingers became a Top Ten hit Over the next two years he had a handful of hits for Capitol before he switched labels signing with Dot in 1968 At Dot his career took off again However what really turned Clarks career around was not records it was a television show called Hee Haw While Hee-Haw was at the height of its popularity Clark had a string of country hits that ranged from Top 10 singles to a multitude of minor hits Though he didnt consistently top the country charts Clarke became one of the most recognizable faces in country music In 1979 the momentum of his career began to slow down Over the next two years he had a number of minor hits before leaving MCA He recorded one inspirational album for Songbird in 1981 before signing to Churchill in 1982 Hee-Haws audience was beginning to decline
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