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Creator Of ‘Hee Haw’ Dies In Palm Springs

The creator of “Hee Haw” has died in Palm Springs.

Veteran television comedy writer John Aylesworth, a Canadian-born Palm Springs resident, died Wednesday night surrounded by his wife and children.

He was 80 years old.

His book, “The Corn Was Green: The Inside Story of Hee Haw,” was recently published.

“Hee Haw,” a countrified version of “Laugh-In,” with cornpone humor and country music, starring Buck Owens, Roy Clark and a bevy of scantily clad farmer’s daughters, aired on CBS from 1969-71, and was in syndication for another two decades.

Aylesworth also wrote comedy for major stars, including Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Perry Como and Andy Williams.

In 1965, Aylesworth co-wrote the TV special, “Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music.”

He won Emmy nominations for outstanding writer for “The Julie Andrews Show” in 1972 and “The Sonny and Cher Show” in 1976.

Funeral services are pending.

KESQ News Team

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