Saturday on SWING ON THIS, we celebrate one of the great ones — Meherrin, Virginia native and longtime Tulsa resident Roy Clark, born on April 15, 1933.
Roy, of course, was hardly confined to the western-swing genre — although he certainly did some good work in it. His spirit of experimentation and immersion in a dizzying variety of musical styles, however, hew to the spirit, if not the letter, of western swing. In fact, in his melding of different genres — not to mention his moving to Tulsa from out of state — he shares much with swing king Bob Wills.
Thanks in great part to Roy’s longtime manager and friend, Tulsa-based impresario Jim Halsey, this week’s show features Roy Clark music from the mid-‘60s to the 2010s — with a little dollop of his trademark humor as well. Plus, there’s more swing and cowboy jazz from others, including Roy’s fellow Tulsans Johnnie Lee Wills, Billy Parker, and even Grammy-winning rocker David Teegarden.
All that and more Saturday night, as we give a big HEE HAW-style salute to one of the all-timers. Pick it up at 7 p.m. in the Tulsa listening area over KWGS, 89.5 FM, or streaming live anywhere at publicradiotulsa.org
REMEMBERING ROY CLARK
1. “Oozlin’ Daddy Blues,” Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
2. “South,” Roy Clark
(for JOHN HAMILL)
3. “Bubbles in My Beer,” Tulsa Playboys w/Roy Clark
(for WES & JEANNIE BENGE and the GLASS LIFTERS)
4. “Stand by Your Man,” Lyle Lovett
(for DALE CLARK and JANIS)
5. “The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter-Revolutionary Polka,” Roy Clark
6. “I’m From Oklahoma, Home of Good Ol’ Boys,” David Teegarden and Mike Bruce
(for TERESA KNOX)
7. “Peter Cottontail,” Johnnie Lee Wills
8. “Talk about A Party/Under the Double Eagle,” Roy Clark
9. “Trouble in Mind,” Billy Parker
10. “Four O’Clock in the Morning,” Roy Clark and Gatemouth Brown
11. “Oh, You Pretty Woman,” Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies
(for JACK & CAROLE BENDER)
12. “Thank God and Greyhound,” Roy Clark
13. “Blue Mist,” Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands w/Bobby Koefer
14. “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” Roy Clark