Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today’s special treat is country legend Roy Clark performing “Black Sapphire” in a rare clip from the hit TV show, Hee Haw.
Clark’s awe-inspiring guitar skills are on display as he blazes through the instrumental in barely two minutes. We’re guessing that the undated clip is from the 1970s, although the variety show ran from 1969 to 1992.
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Clark began playing banjo, guitar and mandolin at the age of 14. One year later, he had already claimed two national banjo championships. At 17, he made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Clark’s first album, released in 1962, was aptly titled, The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark.
In addition to having “lightning fingers,” Clark was an accomplished singer, comedian and actor, boasting a string of hit albums, as well as frequent appearances on TV and on the big screen.
We hope you enjoy the smile-inducing snippet of Americana. (Not sure why the Hee Haw creative team decided to insert the poorly animated chorus line of bikini-clad pigs…)