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Buck Owens

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Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. (August 12, 1929 – March 25, 2006), better known as Buck Owens, was an American singer and guitarist who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts with his band, the Buckaroos. They pioneered what came to be called the Bakersfield sound—a reference to Bakersfield, California, the city Owens called home and from which he drew inspiration for what he preferred to call American music.

While Owens originally used fiddle and retained pedal steel guitar into the 1970s, his sound on records and onstage was always more stripped-down and elemental, incorporating elements of rock and roll. His signature style was based on simple storylines, infectious choruses, a twangy electric guitar, an insistent rhythm supplied by a drum track placed forward in the mix, and high two-part harmonies featuring Owens and his guitarist Don Rich.

Beginning in 1969, Owens co-hosted the TV series Hee Haw with Roy Clark. He left the cast in 1986. In 1974, the accidental death of Rich, his best friend, devastated him for years and abruptly halted his career until he performed with Dwight Yoakam in 1988. Owens died on March 25, 2006 shortly after performing at his Crystal Palace restaurant, club and museum in Bakersfield.

Owens is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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  • AngeloSwift13

    True country! <3

    30 Jul 5:16pm Reply
  • JuniorWaldorf

    <3

    10 Jul 2:06pm Reply
  • Zilverdael

    Buck Is Best!

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Buck and the Bakersfield Sound will live forever! Cool Cool Country!

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • beatles_1940

    great country singer

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • prime1128

    Who is the moron who scrobbled Buck's last name lower case? Why hasn't last fixed it? It's not deadmau, it's freakin' Buck OWENS!!! This bothers me! [2]

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • tkdcoach

    Who is the moron who scrobbled Buck's last name lower case? Why hasn't last fixed it? It's not deadmau, it's freakin' Buck OWENS!!! This bothers me!

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
  • duanezuwala

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/180720141090?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l264 Hello, I was going through some vinyl and I came across a record from Buck Owens that stood out to me. Being a music collector I want this to go to the right person. It is Autographed and was once own by Larry Kingston. Current;y I have the bidding on it going for $10.00. It is in Mint Condition.

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    King of the Bakersfield sound.

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Pumpkinstench

    BUCK RULZ!!!!! "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass" & "Big In Vegas" AWESOME!

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • wildtony40

    i saw him back in 73

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • oddskies

    best

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
  • foreverlandet

    Die Besten!:)

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • FolxPunxForLife

    good shit

    29 Sep 2010 Reply
  • IamFlood

    The shit

    9 Jul 2010 Reply
  • melvinspil

    Waitin' In Your Welfare Line FTW!

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • sailor770

    nobody should ever foget the bakersfield legend he went up against the big boys in the east a aka nashville

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • blognroll

    Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, LUCKY BUCK, Bakersfield-sound-grounded artist, Dr BLT (that's me, an artist normally humble, except for the day he was compared by Buck Owens himself to Johnny Cash), has written and recorded a brand new song about Buck. LUCKY BUCK, written in response to somebody on the internet that called the late Buck Owens a clown and attributed all of his success to luck, was released just before the strike of midnight on March 2, 2010 and has leaped to #2 among Dr. BLT's most heavily downloaded songs, stopping short of taking over SKY, WE SALUTE YOU, another Dr BLT song that has posted nearly 200,000 downloads since it's release. Sample LUCKY BUCK here: LUCKY BUCK DR BLT words and music by Dr BLT copyright 2010 http://www.drblt.net/music/LuckyBuckDrBLTDemm.mp3

    6 Mar 2010 Reply
  • davidboner

    I just found out that Korn is from Bakersfield.

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Gracias_Profi

    I'm suprise 'Big in Vegas' isn't in the top 10..

    26 Jan 2010 Reply
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