TV writer/producer Aylesworth dies

Aylesworth passed away in Rancho Mirage, California on 28 July (10).

He performed on radio in his native Toronto as a child, and went on to find success on U.S. television.

Aylesworth was perhaps best known for co-creating 1970s American country music television variety show Hee Haw with Frank Peppiatt and Bernie Brillstein. The programme featured famous guests in country, gospel and bluegrass music, including Johnny Cash and Conway Twitty.

In addition, he served as a writer or producer on TV shows such as Your Hit Parade, The Kraft Music Hall, The Judy Garland Show and The Jonathan Winters Show.

He was also among the writers who shared an Emmy nomination for The Julie Andrews Hour in 1973 and The Sonny and Cher Show in 1976.

Aylesworth is survived by his fourth wife, Anita, two children from his first marriage, three from his second marriage, and one grandson.