Roy Clark Mesmerizes on 'The Odd Couple'

I'm not gonna lie.

I happened to watch an episode of The Odd Couple last night, and it reminded me of Roy Clark's sort-of-legendary appearance on that classic TV sitcom.

During the show's Roy Clark episode, which originally aired February 14, 1975, Clark showed his range and virtuosity on guitar with a performance of “Malagueña,” by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, as Tony Randall and Jack Klugman looked on, not really knowing how to react.

The song was written in 1928 and was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia. It has been covered by countless guitarists over the decades, including Brian Setzer on his brilliant Ignition! album.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.