Roy Linwood Clark, 15 April 1933, Meherrin, Virginia, USA. When he was 11, the family moved to Washington DC after his father, a competent musician who played guitar, banjo and fiddle, progressed from being a cotton picker to become a computer programmer, and augmented his pay for the government job by playing at local dances (his mother also played piano). Clark played banjo and mandolin at an early age and was playing guitar at dances with his father by the time he was 14. He won the National Banjo Championship at the ages of 16 and 17, the latter occasion resulting in an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. He considered a baseball career in his late teens but at 18 became a professional boxer. Fighting as a light-heavyweight, he won 15 fights in a row before the next fight convinced him he should look elsewhere for a living. He found work in clubs and appeared on local radio and television in such shows as theOzark Jubilee andTown And Country Time. In 1955, he...
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