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Friday, April 5, 2013

Does Roy Clark Still Play Guitar?

"I saw Roy Clark recently on television; he only sang and didn't play his guitar. Can you find out why?" The Newton Falls Public Library staff has not recently heard anything about this country performer.

Roy Clark's autobiography, My Life in Spite of Myself, is available to borrow through our Clevnet catalog. While we are sure it is very interesting, the 1994 publication date makes it too old for answering our patron's question.  We also searched the OhioWebLibrary MasterFILE Premier | (EBSCOhost) online database of full text magazine and newspaper articles where we found an illustrated article about his collection of guitars titled Roy's Toys by Kate Callahan, printed originally in Oklahoma Today, Sep/Oct2011, Vol. 61 Issue 5, p46-47. However there was nothing published recently about his health.

We found a great deal of biographical information online which our patron enjoyed viewing, especially some funny photographs of Roy Clark when he appeared on the Beverly Hillbillies television show. We did find a possible explanation as to why he did not play in his television appearance.  Fan reviews on the Ticketmaster website included comments, from 2011 and 2012, which discussed his medical issues and recent back surgery. 

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