You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

'Hee Haw' star Gordie Tapp dead at 94


You may not know his name, but you’ve probably laughed at his skits on “Hee Haw” over the years. Canadian comedian Gordie Tapp, best known as “Cousin Clem,” died Sunday in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. He was 94.

>> Read more trending stories

According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Tapp conceived the character “Cousin Clem” in the mid-’50s before taking the act to Nashville in 1969 for “Hee Haw.” He appeared on 90 episodes of the show from 1969 to 1988 and had a hand in writing 78 of those episodes, too.

>> PHOTOS: Notable deaths in 2016

“Hee Haw” fans will remember the skit with “Cousin Clem” standing in the corn field singing to his departed love, “Where, oh, where are you tonight? / Why did you leave me here all alone / I searched the world over and thought I’d found true love / You met another and, pfft, you were gone.”

>> Watch the clip here

In addition to “Hee Haw,” Tapp also appeared in the 1983 indie film “Sweet Country Music,” as well as a 1979 movie, “Wild Horse Hank,” with Linda Blair and Richard Crenna.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies
White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies

The White House is becoming increasingly frustrated with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a close-knit circle of aides over the slow pace of hiring and a chokehold on information and access to Tillerson, according to senior Trump administration officials and others familiar with the rift. Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobil chief executive with no...
Second couple comes forward saying they were duped by wedding planner
Second couple comes forward saying they were duped by wedding planner

More victims of a wedding planner accused of duping a bride out of thousands of dollars are coming forward with similar allegations. Melissa and Nick’s wedding plans started with a bad feeling. The couple did not want to give their last name. "It was honestly a blessing from God that, like, I saw the red flags immediately at the tasting...
Kellyanne Conway and CNN’s Alisyn Camerota spar over Russian election interference question
Kellyanne Conway and CNN’s Alisyn Camerota spar over Russian election interference question

CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota and White House counsel Kellyanne Conway shared a tense exchange after Camerota accused Conway of not answering her question about Russian interference. Camerota asked Conway specifically what President Trump’s White House is doing to prevent Russian interference and hacking in American politics. Each time Camerota...
Can you help? Couple sought after wedding photos found on flash drive at thrift store
Can you help? Couple sought after wedding photos found on flash drive at thrift store

A Charlotte, North Carolina, woman is desperate to find a couple portrayed in wedding pictures that she found on a flash drive she bought at a local thrift store. Kathy Feaster said she bought the drive at the Community Thrift Store to clean up her computer. When she popped it into the computer, someone’s wedding photos came up. "I was like...
Man steals van, tries to board plane after jumping on wing
Man steals van, tries to board plane after jumping on wing

A Florida man stole a van, jumped on a plane’s wing and tried to board the aircraft that was preparing to taxi down a runway, according to police.  On Tuesday, Gregory A. Hoch, 37, allegedly stole a surveyor’s van after the man got out of it to get his tools, the Lakeland Police Department wrote on Facebook. After that, Hoch headed...
More Stories