The show's additional legacy—probably its main one to most of the Southern and rural viewers in particular—was the hundreds of performances of country music, bluegrass, gospel music, and other traditional styles, that were featured on it during its run. During the 1970s and early 1980s, the show was probably the best-known showcase for country on commercial television.
In addition to the regular performances by the hosts and cast members, guest artists performing on the show appeared on a weekly basis. While mostly focused on the country genre, a wide range of artists were featured; these include— Alabama, Atlanta, Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Lynn Anderson, Suzy Bogguss, Garth Brooks, Bellamy Brothers, The Buckaroos, Robert Byrd, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Jessi Colter, David L Cook, Sammy Davis, Jr., Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Merle Haggard, Doyle Holly, Janis Ian, Alan Jackson, Wanda Jackson, Sonny James, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Ray Price, Charley Pride, Charlie Rich, Riders in the Sky, Eddie Rabbitt, Jerry Reed, Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, Roy Rogers, The Statler Brothers, Ray Stevens, George Strait, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, B.J. Thomas, Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Ernest Tubb, Conway Twitty, Eddie Van Halen, Dottie West, Boxcar Willie, Tammy Wynette, Don Williams, Hank Williams Jr., and Faron Young, among others. Elvis Presley was a big fan of Hee Haw and wanted to appear on the program in the '70s. But his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, wouldn't allow him to do so. A similar situation occurred when his friend Johnny Cash asked Elvis to appear on his show.
The Hee Haw Gospel Quartet: This was one of the few serious segments of the show, and always featured near the show's end. Clark, Owens, Grandpa Jones and Kenny Price would sing a gospel hymn. Several of their performances were released as recordings.
At the end of the show hosts Clark and Owens, backed by the entire cast, sang the song:
"We loved the time we spent with you,
To share a song and a laugh or two,
May your pleasures be many, your troubles be few...
And ending with Owens and Clark saying "So long everybody! We'll see you
next week on...HEE-HAW!!!"
The closing song was changed to this in the early 80’s:
"So long we sure had a good time! So long, gee, the company was fine! Singin'
and a dancin', Laughin' and a prancin',
Adios, farewell, goodbye, good luck, so long...HEE HAW!!"