Clark, Roy (Linwood)
- Rich Kienzle
(b Meherrin, VA, April 15, 1933). American country-music singer, songwriter, guitarist, banjoist, and fiddler. From a musical family, he began playing fiddle and guitar when he was a teenager. His father, Hester, an amateur musician, moved the family to Washington, DC, in 1942. Clark began playing banjo in 1945 and won the national Country Music Banjo Championship in 1949 and 1950. In the early 1950s he played at square dances and country nightclubs around Washington and joined the singer Jimmy Dean’s Texas Wildcats before starting his solo career. In 1960 he left Washington to join the singer Wanda Jackson’s band. After moving to Las Vegas he worked with Jackson before joining the comedian Hank Penny’s band. His first hit, “Tips of my Fingers” (Cap., 1963), reached the top ten on the Billboard country chart, followed by “Yesterday, when I was Young” (Dot, 1969) and “I never picked cotton” and “Thank God and Greyhound” (both Dot, ...