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Roy Clark's 1975 Performance of ‘Malagueña’ on 'The Odd Couple' Is One of the Greatest

Roy Clark's 1975 Performance of ‘Malagueña’ on 'The Odd Couple' Is One of the Greatest

Roy Clark was one of the most talented entertainers of all time.

Roy Clark was an American musician and singer who is best known for being a host on "Hee Haw," a nationally televised country music variety show. Roy hosted "Hee Haw" from 1969 to 1997 and he played a huge role in influencing and popularizing the genre of Select Country. in the 1970s, Roy enjoyed a 30-million viewership for "Hee Haw" and was a frequent guest-host on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. As a musician, Roy Clark was nearly unparalleled. He played the guitar, banjo, and fiddle, but he also was skilled in several traditions of many genres, including Latin music, classical guitar, pop music, and bluegrass.

As a pop vocalist, Roy had hit songs like "Thank God and Greyhound" and "Yesterday, when I Was Young." His instrumental skill had a tremendous effect on later generations of country musicians and bluegrass musicians. In 1987, Roy became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and in 2009, he was inducted into the Country music Hall of Fame. He came from a musical family. Roy's mom played piano and his dad played fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Roy's first instrument was a four-string cigar box with a ukulele neck attached to it.

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Roy Clark's dad was his first music teacher and he learned when he was 14. He said that he was very shy and turned to humor as a way to ease his timidity. It worked for him. It was very common for him to go on various TV shows at that time and one where he recorded a memorable clip was on "The Odd Couple" in 1975. he politely shunned the musical requests of both Felis Ungar and Oscar Madison and performed instead a cover of the Duban Flamenco song by Ernesto Lecuona: Malagueña.

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In the video below, you can watch Roy capture flawlessly the melody, rhythm, and tempo of the song. He was a total pro. Enjoy this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xssnp7R51A

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