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This Ludicrous New Instrument Makes Music with 2,000 Marbles

March 2, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Swedish musician Martin Molin has long had experience with esoteric instruments like the glockenspiel, traktofon, or Theremin, but he may have topped his musical prowess with the invention of his own new instrument: the Wintergatan Marble Machine, a hand-cranked music box loaded with instruments including a circuit of 2,000 cascading steel marbles. As the devices cycles it activates a vibraphone, bass, kick drum, cymbal and other instruments that play a score programmed into a 32 bar loop comprised of LEGO technic parts. The marbles are moved internally through the machine using funnels, pulleys, and tubes.

Molin began work on the marble machine in August 2014 and hoped to spend about two months on the project. Its complexity soon spiraled out of control as all 3,000 internal parts had to be designed and fabricated by hand, a time-consuming process that eventually took 14 months. An early version was designed using 3D software, but it was easier for Molin to create parts on the fly leading to it’s Frankenstein appearance. The musician shared much of his progress in regular video updates that he shared on YouTube.

Despite the extreme interest an oddity like the Wintergatan Marble Machine is bound to generate—especially on the internet—don’t expect to see it on tour anytime soon, as the contraption has to be completely disassembled to move it. Molin hopes to build additional music devices, some smaller, or perhaps more suited for transport. You can read a bit more about it on Wired UK.

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Cleveland radio station stops playing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” after listeners voiced concerns about meaning in the “Me Too” era – CBS News

Radio station stops playing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” after listeners voice concerns about lyrics in #MeToo era

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” has been around since the 1940s, but in today’s “Me Too” era, a Cleveland radio station has decided to stop playing the song that some have called “date-rapey.”

“Neptune’s Daughter” (1949)

A Cleveland radio station has stopped playing a popular Christmas song that’s been around since the 1940s, CBS Cleveland affiliate WOIO reports. Star 102 Cleveland listeners raised concerns about the lyrics of the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” with some saying the words send the wrong message in the era of the #MeToo movement.

Radio host Glenn Anderson wrote about the station’s decision to stop playing the song. “We used to play the song ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside,’ but you’re the Christmas Executive Officer at Star 102 and you told us it’s no longer appropriate,” Anderson wrote on Tuesday.  I gotta be honest, I didn’t understand why the lyrics were so bad…Until I read them.”

The song is sung as a duet between a man and a woman. The woman makes it clear she is worried about being with the man late into the night, while he adamantly tells her to say with him because, “Baby, it’s cold outside.”

Anderson shared the song’s lyrics, which include lines like: “Say, what’s in this drink?”, “I really can’t stay / Baby don’t hold out” and “I ought to say no, no, no / Mind if I move in closer?” The woman also wonders aloud what others might think of her if she stays. 

Written in 1944, song rose to popularity in the 1949 film “Neptune’s Daughter.” It was sung between Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán’s characters, and then by Betty Garrett and Red Skelton, who reversed the roles.

Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalbán’s perform “Baby It’s Cold Outside in the 1949 film “Neptune’s Daughter”

“Neptune’s Daughter” (1949)

The song was written by popular Broadway composer Frank Loesser, who originally performed it as a humorous number with his wife. But the lyrics, in today’s context, have taken on somewhat more sinister connotations. After the “Me Too” movement gained momentum last year, more women have been speaking out about sexual harassment and assault, and society has become more aware than ever of how widespread the problem really is. The suggestive lines in the song now drum up images of men like Harvey Weinstein, who’s been accused of preventing women from leaving hotel rooms, and Bill Cosby, who was convicted of drugging and sexual assaulting a woman. 

Criticism of the lyrics in “Baby It’s Cold Outside” actually has been building for several years. Some Twitter users called out the “date-rapey” undertones of the song in 2013, and a number of publications have run articles questioning the song’s meaning.

I know “Baby it’s cold outside” is from another era but hearing it in 2013, the lyrics feel really date-rapey. Uncomfortable stuff.

— Emily (@elusiveemily)

2013: The Year We All Independently Realized How Creepy And Rapey The Lyrics To “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Are

— len damico (@lendamico)

In 2014, Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé released a duet of the song and changed a few lyrics to be more family-friendly, with lines like, “Maybe just a soda-pop more / Put some records on while I pour.” They also had child actors playing the roles of the couple in the music video.

In his blog post, Anderson said the song has no place on today’s radio, but also asked listeners what they think and included an online poll question about it. 

“Now, I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong,” Anderson wrote. “The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place. What do you think?” The results of the poll are not visible on Star 102’s website. 

Roy Clark, ‘Hee Haw’ co-host, Country Music Hall of Fame member, dies at 85

Presenter Roy Clark, center, makes eyes at Miss Country Music, a hostess, while master of ceremonies Tennessee Ernie Ford attempts to move Clark along during the CMA Awards show Oct. 25, 1969.

Presenter Roy Clark, center, makes eyes at Miss Country Music, a hostess, while master of ceremonies Tennessee Ernie Ford attempts to move Clark along during the CMA Awards show Oct. 25, 1969. Bill Preston / The Tennessean

Tammy Wynette receives the Female Vocalist of the Year award from presenter Roy Clark during the CMA Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 15, 1969.

Tammy Wynette receives the Female Vocalist of the Year award from presenter Roy Clark during the CMA Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 15, 1969. Bill Preston / The Tennessean

Big winner Johnny Cash, left, joins other CMA award winners on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium to sing a chorus of "This Land is Your Land" at the end of the NBC live telecast of the CMA Awards show Oct. 15, 1969. Next to Cash are Tammy Wynette, June Carter Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Archie Campbell, Roy Clark, Charley Pride and Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Big winner Johnny Cash, left, joins other CMA award winners on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium to sing a chorus of “This Land is Your Land” at the end of the NBC live telecast of the CMA Awards show Oct. 15, 1969. Next to Cash are Tammy Wynette, June Carter Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Archie Campbell, Roy Clark, Charley Pride and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Bill Preston / The Tennessean

Master of ceremonies Tennessee Ernie Ford, right, mops the fevered brow of Roy Clark during the nationwide telecast of the CMA Awards show Oct. 14, 1970. Clark won the Comedian of the Year award.

Master of ceremonies Tennessee Ernie Ford, right, mops the fevered brow of Roy Clark during the nationwide telecast of the CMA Awards show Oct. 14, 1970. Clark won the Comedian of the Year award. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Appearing almost overcome with his Song of the Year award, Kris Kristofferson nervously tries to get his distance on the microphone offered by presenter Roy Clark during the CMA Awards show Oct. 14, 1970.

Appearing almost overcome with his Song of the Year award, Kris Kristofferson nervously tries to get his distance on the microphone offered by presenter Roy Clark during the CMA Awards show Oct. 14, 1970. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, center, speak to the audience after winning the Duet Group of the Year award during the CMA Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 10, 1971. Looking on are presenters Roy Clark, left, and Merle Haggard.

Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, center, speak to the audience after winning the Duet Group of the Year award during the CMA Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 10, 1971. Looking on are presenters Roy Clark, left, and Merle Haggard. Joe Rudis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, second from right, and family make their strings sing Dec. 10, 1972, in a surprise performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Playing the mandolin, left, is Uncle Dudley, while Uncle Paul waits poised with his fiddle and Roy and his father, Hester, right, work on their guitars.

Roy Clark, second from right, and family make their strings sing Dec. 10, 1972, in a surprise performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Playing the mandolin, left, is Uncle Dudley, while Uncle Paul waits poised with his fiddle and Roy and his father, Hester, right, work on their guitars. Jerry Bailey / The Tennessean

Roy Clark shows off his talents for the audience at the seventh annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 15, 1973. Clark went on to win the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.

Roy Clark shows off his talents for the audience at the seventh annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 15, 1973. Clark went on to win the coveted Entertainer of the Year award. Joe Rudis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark shows off his talents for the audience at the seventh annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 15, 1973. Clark went on to win the coveted Entertainer of the Year award.

Roy Clark shows off his talents for the audience at the seventh annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 15, 1973. Clark went on to win the coveted Entertainer of the Year award. Joe Rudis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, receives congratulations from presenter Eddy Arnold after winning the coveted Entertainer of the Year award at the seventh annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 15, 1973.

Roy Clark, right, receives congratulations from presenter Eddy Arnold after winning the coveted Entertainer of the Year award at the seventh annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 15, 1973. Joe Rudis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, accepts the coveted Entertainer of the Year award at the seventh annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 15, 1973. Looking on is presenter Eddy Arnold.

Roy Clark, right, accepts the coveted Entertainer of the Year award at the seventh annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 15, 1973. Looking on is presenter Eddy Arnold. Joe Rudis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, and Buck Trent perform at the Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsors party at Opryland on Oct. 10, 1974.

Roy Clark, right, and Buck Trent perform at the Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsors party at Opryland on Oct. 10, 1974. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, and Buck Trent perform at the Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsors party at Opryland on Oct. 10, 1974.

Roy Clark, right, and Buck Trent perform at the Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsors party at Opryland on Oct. 10, 1974. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, and Buck Trent perform at the Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsors party at Opryland on Oct. 10, 1974.

Roy Clark, right, and Buck Trent perform at the Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsors party at Opryland on Oct. 10, 1974. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, and Buck Trent perform at the Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsors party at Opryland on Oct. 10, 1974.

Roy Clark, right, and Buck Trent perform at the Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament sponsors party at Opryland on Oct. 10, 1974. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Country music entertainer Roy Clark, center, is all smiles as he signs autographs for fans during a break at the 10th annual Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament on Oct. 12, 1974.

Country music entertainer Roy Clark, center, is all smiles as he signs autographs for fans during a break at the 10th annual Music City Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament on Oct. 12, 1974. Frank Empson / The Tennessean

Roy Clark performs at the new Grand Ole Opry House during the eighth annual CMA Awards show Oct. 14, 1974.

Roy Clark performs at the new Grand Ole Opry House during the eighth annual CMA Awards show Oct. 14, 1974. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, left, and Jerry Lewis perform for a few laughs during the "Lewis and Clark Entertainment Expedition" for the benefit of muscular dystrophy patients at the near-capacity Municipal Auditorium on June 24, 1975.

Roy Clark, left, and Jerry Lewis perform for a few laughs during the “Lewis and Clark Entertainment Expedition” for the benefit of muscular dystrophy patients at the near-capacity Municipal Auditorium on June 24, 1975. Frank Empson / The Tennessean

Roy Clark performs during the "Lewis and Clark Entertainment Expedition" benefit show at the Municipal Auditorium on June 24, 1975. The event was sponsored by McDonald's and the Nashville-Middle Tennessee Home Builders Association and produced by WLAC-TV.

Roy Clark performs during the “Lewis and Clark Entertainment Expedition” benefit show at the Municipal Auditorium on June 24, 1975. The event was sponsored by McDonald’s and the Nashville-Middle Tennessee Home Builders Association and produced by WLAC-TV. Frank Empson / The Tennessean

Roy Clark performs during the "Lewis and Clark Entertainment Expedition" benefit show at the Municipal Auditorium on June 24, 1975.

Roy Clark performs during the “Lewis and Clark Entertainment Expedition” benefit show at the Municipal Auditorium on June 24, 1975. Frank Empson / The Tennessean

Roy Clark performs during the "Lewis and Clark Entertainment Expedition" benefit show at the Municipal Auditorium on June 24, 1975.

Roy Clark performs during the “Lewis and Clark Entertainment Expedition” benefit show at the Municipal Auditorium on June 24, 1975. Frank Empson / The Tennessean

Roy Clark shows off his fiddle skills during the taping of "The Grand Ole Opry at 50, A Nashville Celebration" for a nationally televised special at the Opry House on Oct. 23, 1975.

Roy Clark shows off his fiddle skills during the taping of “The Grand Ole Opry at 50, A Nashville Celebration” for a nationally televised special at the Opry House on Oct. 23, 1975. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark performs during the taping of "The Grand Ole Opry at 50, A Nashville Celebration" for a nationally televised special at the Opry House on Oct. 23, 1975.

Roy Clark performs during the taping of “The Grand Ole Opry at 50, A Nashville Celebration” for a nationally televised special at the Opry House on Oct. 23, 1975. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Roy Clark finishes a song during the taping of "The Grand Ole Opry at 50, A Nashville Celebration" for a nationally televised special at the Opry House on Oct. 23, 1975.

Roy Clark finishes a song during the taping of “The Grand Ole Opry at 50, A Nashville Celebration” for a nationally televised special at the Opry House on Oct. 23, 1975. Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean

Co-host Roy Clark, who earlier won the Instrumental Group of the Year award with Buck Trent, performs during the CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 11, 1976.

Co-host Roy Clark, who earlier won the Instrumental Group of the Year award with Buck Trent, performs during the CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 11, 1976. Gerald Holly / The Tennessean

Co-hosts Johnny Cash, left, and Roy Clark say goodnight at the end of the CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 11, 1976.

Co-hosts Johnny Cash, left, and Roy Clark say goodnight at the end of the CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 11, 1976. Gerald Holly / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, left, Mack Smith, Gordie Tapp, Diane Sherill and Buck McPherson share a moment at the fundraising show and dinner for the Citizens for the Metropolitan Council political committee at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on June 23, 1977.

Roy Clark, left, Mack Smith, Gordie Tapp, Diane Sherill and Buck McPherson share a moment at the fundraising show and dinner for the Citizens for the Metropolitan Council political committee at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on June 23, 1977. Dale Ernsberger / The Tennessean

Ruth Buzzi, left, veteran of TV's original "Laugh-In," and host Roy Clark perform a rousing rendition of "May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose" with apologies to Little Jimmy Dickens during a taping of "Hee Haw" on Oct. 4, 1977.

Ruth Buzzi, left, veteran of TV’s original “Laugh-In,” and host Roy Clark perform a rousing rendition of “May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose” with apologies to Little Jimmy Dickens during a taping of “Hee Haw” on Oct. 4, 1977. Frank Empson / The Tennessean

Ruth Buzzi, left, veteran of TV's original "Laugh-In," and host Roy Clark perform a rousing rendition of "May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose" during a taping of "Hee Haw" on Oct. 4, 1977.

Ruth Buzzi, left, veteran of TV’s original “Laugh-In,” and host Roy Clark perform a rousing rendition of “May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose” during a taping of “Hee Haw” on Oct. 4, 1977. Frank Empson / The Tennessean

Ruth Buzzi, left, veteran of TV's original "Laugh-In," and host Roy Clark perform a rousing rendition of "May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose" during a taping of "Hee Haw" on Oct. 4, 1977.

Ruth Buzzi, left, veteran of TV’s original “Laugh-In,” and host Roy Clark perform a rousing rendition of “May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose” during a taping of “Hee Haw” on Oct. 4, 1977. Frank Empson / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, is joined by Larry Gatlin, left, Mac Davis, Danny Davis, Jerry Clower, June Carter and Chet Atkins for a performance during the 11th annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 10, 1977.

Roy Clark, right, is joined by Larry Gatlin, left, Mac Davis, Danny Davis, Jerry Clower, June Carter and Chet Atkins for a performance during the 11th annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 10, 1977. Bill Welch / The Tennessean

Johnny Cash, left, and host Roy Clark enjoy a little lighthearted clowning on the Grand Ole Opry House stage during the afternoon's rehearsal for the three-hour NBC "Big Event" television special, "Fifty Years of Country Music," on Jan. 4, 1978.

Johnny Cash, left, and host Roy Clark enjoy a little lighthearted clowning on the Grand Ole Opry House stage during the afternoon’s rehearsal for the three-hour NBC “Big Event” television special, “Fifty Years of Country Music,” on Jan. 4, 1978. Robert Johnson / The Tennessean

Johnny Cash, left, and host Roy Clark enjoy a little lighthearted clowning on the Grand Ole Opry House stage during the afternoon's rehearsal for the three-hour NBC "Big Event" television special, "Fifty Years of Country Music," on Jan. 4, 1978.

Johnny Cash, left, and host Roy Clark enjoy a little lighthearted clowning on the Grand Ole Opry House stage during the afternoon’s rehearsal for the three-hour NBC “Big Event” television special, “Fifty Years of Country Music,” on Jan. 4, 1978. Robert Johnson / The Tennessean

The entire cast and special guests perform the opening number "You Are My Hee Haw" during the taping of the "Hee Haw Tenth Anniversary Special" on Sept. 28, 1978, at the Grand Ole Opry House.

The entire cast and special guests perform the opening number “You Are My Hee Haw” during the taping of the “Hee Haw Tenth Anniversary Special” on Sept. 28, 1978, at the Grand Ole Opry House. Gerald Holly / The Tennessean

Popular "Hee Haw" star Roy Clark repeats as the Instrumentalist of the Year winner during the 12th annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 9, 1978.

Popular “Hee Haw” star Roy Clark repeats as the Instrumentalist of the Year winner during the 12th annual CMA Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 9, 1978. Bill Welch / The Tennessean

Popular "Hee Haw" star Roy Clark, with a victory cigar, repeats as the Instrumentalist of the Year winner during the 12th annual CMA Awards show Oct. 9, 1978.

Popular “Hee Haw” star Roy Clark, with a victory cigar, repeats as the Instrumentalist of the Year winner during the 12th annual CMA Awards show Oct. 9, 1978. Bill Welch / The Tennessean

Ronnie Milsap, left, with presenter Roy Clark looking on, accepts his Album of the Year award during the 12th annual CMA Awards show Oct. 9, 1978. Milsap won the honor with "It Was Almost Like a Song."

Ronnie Milsap, left, with presenter Roy Clark looking on, accepts his Album of the Year award during the 12th annual CMA Awards show Oct. 9, 1978. Milsap won the honor with “It Was Almost Like a Song.” Bill Welch / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, and Woody Herman perform during a taping of the "Nashville Palace" show at Opryland on Sept. 16, 1981.

Roy Clark, right, and Woody Herman perform during a taping of the “Nashville Palace” show at Opryland on Sept. 16, 1981. Ricky Rogers / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, left, and Woody Herman perform during a taping of the "Nashville Palace" show at Opryland on Sept. 16, 1981.

Roy Clark, left, and Woody Herman perform during a taping of the “Nashville Palace” show at Opryland on Sept. 16, 1981. Ricky Rogers / The Tennessean

Former CMA Entertainers of the Year Mel Tillis, left, and Roy Clark talk about "Uphill All the Way," a feature comedy movie they are co-starring in, during a news conference at Jim Owens Entertainment on Oct. 5, 1984. They begin filming in Texas later this month.

Former CMA Entertainers of the Year Mel Tillis, left, and Roy Clark talk about “Uphill All the Way,” a feature comedy movie they are co-starring in, during a news conference at Jim Owens Entertainment on Oct. 5, 1984. They begin filming in Texas later this month. Dan Loftin / The Tennessean

William Banowsky, center, president of Dallas-based Gaylord Broadcasting Co., jokes with co-hosts Buck Owens, left, and Roy Clark during a visit June 18, 1985, to the Nashville set of "Hee Haw," which is produced by Gaylord Program Services, a subsidiary operation.

William Banowsky, center, president of Dallas-based Gaylord Broadcasting Co., jokes with co-hosts Buck Owens, left, and Roy Clark during a visit June 18, 1985, to the Nashville set of “Hee Haw,” which is produced by Gaylord Program Services, a subsidiary operation. Robert Johnson / The Tennessean

Hosts Barbara Eden and Roy Clark introduce the next act during the nationally televised sixth annual National Songwriter Awards show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Jan. 13, 1986.

Hosts Barbara Eden and Roy Clark introduce the next act during the nationally televised sixth annual National Songwriter Awards show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Jan. 13, 1986. Kathleen Smith / The Tennessean

Bob Hope, left, shares a joke with his friend Roy Clark during a reception and dinner in Clark's honor, "A Salute to Roy Clark," in the Plantation Ballroom of the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988.

Bob Hope, left, shares a joke with his friend Roy Clark during a reception and dinner in Clark’s honor, “A Salute to Roy Clark,” in the Plantation Ballroom of the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988. Mike DuBose / The Tennessean

Bob Hope, left, jokes with his friend Roy Clark during a reception and dinner in Clark's honor, "A Salute to Roy Clark," in the Plantation Ballroom of the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988.

Bob Hope, left, jokes with his friend Roy Clark during a reception and dinner in Clark’s honor, “A Salute to Roy Clark,” in the Plantation Ballroom of the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988. Mike DuBose / The Tennessean

Bob Hope, left,  jokes with his friend Roy Clark during a reception and dinner in Clark's honor, "A Salute to Roy Clark," at the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988.

Bob Hope, left, jokes with his friend Roy Clark during a reception and dinner in Clark’s honor, “A Salute to Roy Clark,” at the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988. Mike DuBose / The Tennessean

"Hee Haw" co-host Roy Clark, left, and Buck Owens laugh during a reception and dinner in Clark's honor, "A Salute to Roy Clark," at the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988.

“Hee Haw” co-host Roy Clark, left, and Buck Owens laugh during a reception and dinner in Clark’s honor, “A Salute to Roy Clark,” at the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988. Mike DuBose / The Tennessean

Minnie Pearl tells Roy Clark he's the finest entertainer she's ever seen during a reception and dinner in Clark's honor, "A Salute to Roy Clark," at the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988. "You distract me with the wicked grin every time we play a show together," she said.

Minnie Pearl tells Roy Clark he’s the finest entertainer she’s ever seen during a reception and dinner in Clark’s honor, “A Salute to Roy Clark,” at the Sheraton Music City Hotel on Sept. 9, 1988. “You distract me with the wicked grin every time we play a show together,” she said. Mike DuBose / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, left, and Chet Atkins share a moment before a taping May 26, 1999, for the "Ryman Country Homecoming," a three-part special slated for TNN.

Roy Clark, left, and Chet Atkins share a moment before a taping May 26, 1999, for the “Ryman Country Homecoming,” a three-part special slated for TNN. P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean

Roy Clark accepts the Minnie Pearl humanitarian award during the TNN/Music City News Awards show June 14, 1999.

Roy Clark accepts the Minnie Pearl humanitarian award during the TNN/Music City News Awards show June 14, 1999. Delores Delvin / The Tennessean

The Country Music Association announces Feb. 4, 2009, that Roy Clark, left, Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. Clark will be inducted in the "Career Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975" category.

The Country Music Association announces Feb. 4, 2009, that Roy Clark, left, Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. Clark will be inducted in the “Career Achieved National Prominence Between World War II and 1975” category. Billy Kingsley / The Tennessean

Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell share a moment on the red carpet during the Country Music Hall of Fame's Medallion Ceremony on May 17, 2009.

Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell share a moment on the red carpet during the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Medallion Ceremony on May 17, 2009. Mandy Lunn / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, left, is inducted by Hall of Fame member Little Jimmy Dickens during the Country Music Hall of Fame's Medallion Ceremony on May 17, 2009.

Roy Clark, left, is inducted by Hall of Fame member Little Jimmy Dickens during the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Medallion Ceremony on May 17, 2009. Mandy Lunn / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, left, and Barbara Mandrell applaud Charlie McCoy during the Country Music Hall of Fame's Medallion Ceremony on May 17, 2009. All three were inducted at the ceremony.

Roy Clark, left, and Barbara Mandrell applaud Charlie McCoy during the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Medallion Ceremony on May 17, 2009. All three were inducted at the ceremony. Mandy Lunn / The Tennessean

Roy Clark sings "Yesterday, When I Was Young" during the Country Music Hall of Fame's Medallion Ceremony on May 17, 2009.

Roy Clark sings “Yesterday, When I Was Young” during the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Medallion Ceremony on May 17, 2009. Mandy Lunn / The Tennessean

Roy Clark performs during the 85th birthday celebration of the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 9, 2010.

Roy Clark performs during the 85th birthday celebration of the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 9, 2010. Samuel M. Simpkins / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, left, and Charlie McCoy perform a tribute to Jimmy Dean during the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony at the Hall of Fame on Oct. 24, 2010.

Roy Clark, left, and Charlie McCoy perform a tribute to Jimmy Dean during the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony at the Hall of Fame on Oct. 24, 2010. Sanford Myers / The Tennessean

Roy Clark performs during the 2011 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville on June 12, 2011.

Roy Clark performs during the 2011 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville on June 12, 2011. Samuel M. Simpkins / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, performs with Buck Trent during the CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville on June 12, 2011.

Roy Clark, right, performs with Buck Trent during the CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville on June 12, 2011. Samuel M. Simpkins / The Tennessean

Roy Clark, right, performs on the "Larry's Country Diner" TV show Feb. 4, 2013.

Roy Clark, right, performs on the “Larry’s Country Diner” TV show Feb. 4, 2013. John Partipilo / The Tennessean

Roy Clark gets applause from the audience of "Larry's Country Diner" during a taping session at NorthStar studios Feb. 4, 2013.

Roy Clark gets applause from the audience of “Larry’s Country Diner” during a taping session at NorthStar studios Feb. 4, 2013. John Partipilo / The Tennessean

Roy Clark laughs with the audience of "Larry's Country Diner" during a taping session at NorthStar studios Feb. 4, 2013.

Roy Clark laughs with the audience of “Larry’s Country Diner” during a taping session at NorthStar studios Feb. 4, 2013. John Partipilo / The Tennessean

Roy Clark arrives on the red carpet for the ACM Honors

Roy Clark arrives on the red carpet for the ACM Honors event at Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 1, 2015. Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Roy Clark gets a standing ovation after performing

Roy Clark gets a standing ovation after performing “Yesterday When I Was Young” during the ninth annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 1, 2015. Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Roy Clark walks the red carpet during the Country Music

Roy Clark walks the red carpet during the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony on Oct. 16, 2016. Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

Roy Clark and Brad Paisley perform during the CMA Awards

Roy Clark and Brad Paisley perform during the CMA Awards show Nov. 2, 2016. Larry McCormack / tennessean.com

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