Country Star Roy Clark Dies at 85

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Country Star Roy Clark Dies at 85

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show Hee Haw for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as “Yesterday When I Was Young” and “Honeymoon Feeling,” has died.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009 and emotionally told the crowd how moving it was “just to be associated yourself with the members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and imagine that your name will be said right along with all the list.”

In his 1994 autobiography, My Life – in Spite of Myself, he said that “Yesterday, When I Was Young” had “opened a lot of people’s eyes, not only to what I could do but to the whole fertile and still largely untapped field of country music, from the Glen Campbells and the Kenny Rogerses, right on through to the Garth Brookses and Vince Gills.”

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.

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