Country-music stars bid farewell to Roy Clark on Thursday as news of the multi-instrumentalist and “Hee Haw” star’s death went public.
Clark died Thursday of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Okla., the Associated Press reported. He was 85.
Dolly Parton remembered Clark as “one of the greatest ever” in a statement sent to The Times. “His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly and he will be missed,” she said.
Singer Crystal Gayle called Clark one of her favorite stars: “I loved the way he hosted the CMA’s and Hee Haw. It was always an honor to be on the same stage with him. I am already missing Roy’s big smile,” she said in a statement.
Musician Brad Paisley paid tribute in a series of tweets recalling Clark’s influence on his guitar-playing as well as his camaraderie onstage.
“How many lives were made better because of his wit and joy? I’m one of so many,” Paisley tweeted.
The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville’s storied stage where Clark often played, tweeted one of the affable musician’s quotes urging people to “do somethin’ nice for somebody.”
“Roy, thank you for always spreading laughter, kindness, and positivity. We’ll keep it goin’ for ya!” read a tweet on the Opry’s account.
Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren retweeted that sentiment with the line, “This says it all.”
Here’s a look at some of the tributes that poured in Thursday on Twitter.
Very sad to hear about the passing of a fellow Okie and country music artist Roy Clark. Roy was one of the first country artist I ever saw on TV. Prayers for his family.— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 15, 2018
Roy Clark shaped my path. My Papaw introduced me to his music as a toddler. Every Saturday we’d watch Hee Haw. My first guitar book was a Roy Clark guitar method. I practiced his style, then practiced making his facial expressions. He was a hero. And so many have the same story.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 15, 2018
Right before this moment I was standing by Roy in the dark. I put my arm around him & told him I loved him. We both teared up. Then the lights came on & we delivered that iconic Hee Haw opening line at the CMA 50th. We will miss you so much Roy. pic.twitter.com/zKMOdMehcg— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 15, 2018
My story is not unique. How many guitar players started with a Roy Clark guitar method book? How many guitars were sold to people wanting to play because of him? How many lives were made better because of his wit and joy? I’m one of so many. pic.twitter.com/jxE20oEW0S— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 15, 2018
When the Nashville floods wiped out most of my guitars, Roy heard about it & showed up at a show and gave me one of his. This is who this man was. Constantly giving. I owe him so much. Go say hi to my Papaw for me Roy. You left the world a much better place. #royclark pic.twitter.com/Aus1110BsU— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 15, 2018
My first CMA memory is sitting on my living room floor watching Roy Clark tear it up. Sending my love and respect to him and his family for all he did. - KU— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) November 15, 2018
"The next chance you get, do somethin' nice for somebody - say 'good day,' hold a door open - and don't wait around for a thank you... you don't need it." — Roy Clark— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) November 15, 2018
Roy, thank you for always spreading laughter, kindness, and positivity. We'll keep it goin' for ya! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Gs3AdJSKQd
My friend Roy Clark has passed today. I will miss and always love you, Roy! My deepest condolences to the Clark family. Now, Rest In Peace. Here is a great memory...Roy and I enjoying a Christmas at Johnny’s ranch in Nashville....two for real friends! pic.twitter.com/BooJMsiz0K— Tony Orlando (@TonyOrlando) November 15, 2018
Just got word that Roy Clark has passed.— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) November 15, 2018
I’ve known him for 60 years and he was a fine musician and entertainer
Rest In Peace Buddy, you will be remembered
RIP Roy Clark. A class act, a serious talent with a light spirit. Thank you.— Elizabeth Cook (@Elizabeth_Cook) November 15, 2018
R.I.P. Roy Clark. Oh man so many memories growing up with him on hee haw. Another part of my childhood that made growing up the way I did awesome. Hee Haw, Johnny Carson, Paul Harvey among others are everywhere in my memory bank. He lived a long great life and I thank him. SALUTE pic.twitter.com/yKBuXLAzOq— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) November 15, 2018
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