"Television really has been responsible for everything that I've done successfully. I can't put it into anything else. No massive hit records. No 30,000 concert attendance, except a couple of times. But you put this face on television, week in, week out, they'd stop me and they'd say, 'Hey, Roy, how are you doing?' They'd know who I was, what I was, what I looked like, and what I did -- all from seeing and hearing it at the same time on television."
About This Interview
In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, Roy Clark describes his early years as a musician with Jimmy Dean and other country legends. He speaks about his early television appearances, culminating in his hosting of the long running syndicated series Hee Haw, which was produced in Nashville. He relates anecdotes about several of the series regulars including Buck Owens, David "Stringbean" Akeman, Louis "Grandpa" Jones, Minnie Pearl and Junior Samples as well as several featured country music guest stars. He also discusses many of his appearances on variety shows as well as his week-long stints as guest host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Karen Herman conducted the interview on September 20, 2005 in Tulsa, OK.