Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 19, 1974 · Page 86
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 86

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 19, 1974
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Music serious business with Roy Clark By Lawrence Laurent (C) 1974, The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Roy Clark is not the kind of man to complain, his life has been too good, but there is a serious side to the big grinning star of "Hee Haw." He is known across the nation (on 208 TV stations and an audience estimated at 36 million, for his deft comedy routines and for the lightning chords he can run on a guitar or a banjo. But "what I really do like to do," Roy Clark says "is to'sing good ballads." This is the other side of Roy Clark, who made good the hard way, hit it big in places like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and network TV and after shopping the entire country for a permanent home settled down in Davidsonville, Md., five miles west of Annapolis. Not that he's home all that much. "Hee Haw" is produced in Nashville, Tenn., the capital of country music, and that takes up most of the summer. When that's finished, Roy's manager, Jim Halsey, has him set up for personal appearances, motion picture roles, TV guest spots and the round of talk shows. Roy talks easily and well, rarely straying from the public personality that is unfailingly cheerful, and with the good-old-boy conversation that is spiced with that big,, toothy grin. His wife, Barbara, thinks he travels too much. Roy has a pilot's license, and "he just loves to fly." His own Cessna 310 is parked at Baltimore-Washington Airport, and for any trip this side of Texas, pilot Clark will take his private aircraft. For trips to California, however, Roy takes a commercial flight. Music is about the only thing in life that Roy takes seriously. But it has been his life ever since his father, Hester Clark, taught him to play the banjo at the age of nine. His father is the only teacher Roy ever had, although like most country musicians, he picked up tricks by watching older professionals play. Not that they could teach Roy all that much. He was all of 14 years old when he went from his home town of Question Box Q. -- When are the Emmy Awards going to be presented? I'm sick of awards shows, but I want to be in front of my set when they announce Cicely Tyson's name as best actress for her great performance as Jane Pittman . . . that's how sure I am she'll win it. If she doesn't!!! I won't say. -B.C., San Antonio, Tex. A. -- May 28 in the date the Emmy Awards will be presented. It would come as a big surprise to everyone if Cicely Tyson doesn't win as Best Actress. She's definitely the big favortie. 70s CHARLESTON, W. VA. Washington to Warrenton, Va., to compete in the National Country Music Championships. He won the banjo title in 1947 and went back the following year and won it again. The championship earned him a trip to Nashville and an appearance on the "Grand Ole Opry." He has seen in his 41 years the enormous change in the audience for country music. It was once considered "rural music." fit only for the residents of the hills and hollows and confined to the callused hands of the lower economic groups. No longer. College students and big-city folks -- without apology -join the rural audience in buying that $400 million worth of country recordings a year. KOTOS ISLAND GOES WILD!

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