The former star of "Hew Haw" died Thursday at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Clark was a Grammy, ACM and CMA award victor, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Inspired by "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, ' "Hee Haw" first aired 1969 as a show promoting country music and rural culture".
"'Hee Haw' won't go away". Clark also frequently guest-hosted The Tonight Show for Jonny Carson in the '70s, a rare opportunity for a country performer. Among his solo hits were "Yesterday When I Was Young", "Come Live With Me", "Honeymoon Feeling", and "The Tips of My Fingers". "Clark also displayed his six (or, in the case of his cover of "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky, 12)-string prowess with his instrumental covers of pieces like "Malagueña".
Clark worked with fellow country musicians for more than half a century, from Hank Williams to Brad Paisley and countless others who either made their way into a "Hee Haw" skit or the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
Beginning in 1983, Clark operated the Roy Clark Celebrity Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and was one of the first country entertainers to open a theater there.
He was born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Va. Clark was the oldest of five children in a musical family. His most notable co-host was fellow country musician Buck Owens, but while Owens left the show in 1986, Clark stayed on until the end. Flashy and quick-fingered, he was as adept on flamenco standards such as "Malagueña" as on country-pop songs like "Yesterday, When I Was Young", written by French singer Charles Aznavour.
Clark's career really took off in 1960 when he was invited to perform in Las Vegas. Clark signed with Capitol Records in 1963 and scored several top 10 hits on the country charts.
Victoria Hallman, who appeared on the long-running country show, said she's "just stunned" by his passing. Clark told The Associated Press in 2004 that "Hee Haw" was like a family reunion. The viewers were sort of part owners of the show.
Hallman's rep Ruth Elkins said Clark remained passionate about music until his death.
'This was the icing on the cake.