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November 9, 2012 |
Frank Peppiatt, the co-creator of "Hee Haw," a landmark variety show mixing country music with "corny" humor that became one of TV's most unlikely and longest-running hits, has died. He was 85. Peppiatt died Wednesday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., of bladder cancer, according to family spokeswoman Jenna Illies. In addition to co-creating, writing and producing "Hee Haw," the Canadian-born Peppiatt, along with his writing and producing partner John Aylesworth, became one of TV's top producers during the 1960s and '70s in the variety show genre, developing programs for several top stars, including Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams and Sonny and Cher.
February 5, 2009
Hall of Fame: Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy have been selected as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. -- New host: GSN's revival of "The Newlywed Game," arriving April 6, will be hosted by singer Carnie Wilson.
January 26, 2005
New voice: Tony Blankley, editorial page editor of the Washington Times, will join the regular lineup of pundits on the public-affairs radio program "Left, Right & Center," heard Fridays at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on KCRW-FM (89.9). New hip: Country star Roy Clark, 71, will have hip replacement surgery next month and will cancel about two dozen performances so he can recuperate, his publicist said Tuesday.
June 23, 1989 |
Take Two and . . . Head for Nashville. Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda flew out of San Diego in a hurry Wednesday night after the team's win against the Padres. The reason: He was due first thing Thursday morning on the set of "Hee Haw" to tape some comedy bits for the long-running TV show. Dressed in overalls, Lasorda traded quips about Dodger blue and baseball with Roy Clark, Grandpa Jones, George Lindsey and other "Hee Haw" regulars.
August 30, 1987
Sharbutt's article was the truest, most factual evaluation of Presley's talent (or better yet lack of) that I have ever read. I could only disagree with him on one point: He wrote that Elvis "played some guitar." Presley didn't "play" any guitar, he strummed the instrument while he was bellowing into a microphone. The maestro who passed away recently (I think his name was Segovia, but I'm not sure) and Roy Clark "play" the guitar; Elvis wasn't talented enough to set up their music stand.
April 29, 1986 |
"American Suite/Rodeo Gypsies." Sony. $29.95. This affectionate salute to rodeo performers and the modern cowboy life style combines rodeo footage with a sound track featuring related songs by such country singers as Merle Haggard, Roy Clark, Hank Thompson and Ed Bruce.