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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.
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.
October 28, 2007
For 19 years I was a Hee Haw Honey. When I read Randy Lewis' article on Buck Owens ["Bringin' Bouquets for Ol' Buck," Oct. 14"], it brought back so many memories. Thank you for giving him his due. "Hee Haw" was awarded TV Land's Entertainer Award for 2007. As Roy Clark and the cast went onstage, we all felt an empty space where Buck should have been. It's nice to know he is being remembered. Misty Rowe Big Bear