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Buck Owens
Buck Owens
Buck Owens
Background information
Birth name Alvis Edgar Owens Jr.
Born August 12, 1929
Origin Sherman, Texas
Died March 25, 2006
Genre(s) country music
Occupation(s) country singer
Instrument(s) Guitar/Singing
Years active 1950s-2006
Label(s) Capitol Records, Warner Bros. Records, Rhino
Associated
acts
Susan Raye, Rose Maddox, Dwight Yoakam, Roy Clark, Merle Haggard
Website Buck Owens Official Website

Alvis Edgar "Buck" Owens, Jr., (August 12, 1929March 25, 2006) was an American singer and guitarist, with twenty number-one hits on the Billboard magazine country music charts. Both as a solo artist and with his band, the Buckaroos (so named by Merle Haggard, a former bandmate), Buck Owens pioneered what has come 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".[1] Image File history File links Buck_Owens_New. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sherman is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Look up country in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Warner Bros. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... Susan Raye (born October 8, 1944 in Eugene, Oregon) was one of the leading female country music vocalist of the 1970s. ... Rose Maddox (August 15, 1926 in Boaz, Alabama - April 16, 1998 in Ashland, Oregon) was an American country singer. ... Dwight Yoakam at the unveiling of his Hollywood star. ... Roy Clark - March 2002 Roy Linwood Clark (born April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia) is one of the most versatile and well-known country music musicians and performers. ... Merle Ronald Haggard (nicknamed The Hag; born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Merle Ronald Haggard (nicknamed The Hag; born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. ... The Bakersfield sound was a genre of country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California, at bars such as The Blackboard. ... City nickname:Californias Country Music Capital County Kern County, California Area  - Total  - Water 296. ...


A consummate bandleader, Buck Owens pioneered a unique and fresh sound: clean and crisp, characterized by sharp staccato guitar riffs, and pedal steel guitar solos, with straight forward lyrics. It was far more streamlined than the honky tonk music of the late 40's and early 1950s with its fiddles and back up singer arrangments. While Owens originally used fiddle and retained pedal steel into the 1970s, his sound on records and onstage was always more stripped-down and elemental, incorporating elements of rock and roll. The sound Owens developed with the Buckaroos depended on his comrarderie and talents of his best friend, Don Rich, whom he met while in Tacoma. Rich can be heard harmonizing on all of Owens hits until his untimely death in 1974, when Rich lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guard rail on Highway 99 north of Bakersfield as he made his way to join his family for a vacation on the coast at Morro Bay. The loss of his best friend devastated Owens for years and abruptly halted his singing successes and career until Owens performed with Dwight Yoakam in the late-1980s. A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... This article, image, template or category belongs in one or more categories. ...


Owens co-hosted the popular and groundbreaking Hee Haw program with Roy Clark. Hee Haw, originally envisioned as country music's answer to Laugh-In, outlived that show and ran for twenty-four seasons. Owens was co-host from 1969 until he left the cast in 1986, convinced that the show's exposure had obscured his immense musical legacy. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Roy Clark - March 2002 Roy Linwood Clark (born April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia) is one of the most versatile and well-known country music musicians and performers. ... Rowan & Martins Laugh-In was a United States comedy television show broadcast from January 22, 1968 through 1973 over the NBC Network. ...

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Biography

Alvis Owens, Jr., was born in Sherman, Texas. (U.S. Highway 82 through Sherman was named "Buck Owens Freeway" in his honor). "'Buck' was a mule on the Owens farm," Rich Kienzle wrote in About Buck, the biography at Owens' official website adapted from Kienzle's notes for Rhino Records' 1992 "The Buck Owens Collection" box set. "When Alvis, Jr., was three or four years old, he walked into the house and announced that his name was also Buck. That was fine with the family; the boy was Buck from then on."[2] Sherman is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. ... Official language(s) None See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... United States Highway 82 is an east-west United States highway. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ...


In 1937, his family migrated to Mesa, Arizona, during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona and part of the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Area. ... Official language(s) English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, in 1935. ... The Great Depression was an economic downturn which started in 1929 and lasted through most of the 1930s. ...


In 1945, Owens co-hosted a radio show called "Buck and Britt". In the late 1940s, Owens became a truck driver and discovered the San Joaquin Valley of California. He was impressed by Bakersfield, where he and his wife settled in 1950. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... City nickname:Californias Country Music Capital County Kern County, California Area  - Total  - Water 296. ...

The Buck Owens in Japan album.
The Buck Owens in Japan album.

Soon, Owens was frequently traveling to Hollywood for session recording jobs at Capitol Records, playing backup for Tennessee Ernie Ford, Sonny James, Wanda Jackson, Del Reeves, Tommy Sands, Tommy Collins, Faron Young and Gene Vincent, and many others. Image File history File links Buckowensjapan. ... Image File history File links Buckowensjapan. ... ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 -October 17, 1991), better known by the stage name Tennessee Ernie Ford, was a pioneering U.S. recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country & western, pop, and gospel musical genres. ... Sonny James (born James Loden on May 1, 1929 in Hackleburg, Alabama) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... Wanda Jackson (born Wanda Jean Jackson, on October 20, 1937, in Maud, Oklahoma) was the first female rock and roll singer in the United States, releasing her debut record in 1956. ... Del Reeves (born July 14, 1933) is a country singer, best known for his girl-watching novelty-type songs of the 1960s. ... Tommy Sands (born August 27, 1937) is an American pop music singer and actor. ... Faron Young (born February 25, 1932 near Shreveport, Louisiana, died December 10, 1996) was an American country music singer. ... Gene Vincent, real name Vincent Eugene Craddock, (February 11, 1935 – October 12, 1971) was an American rockabilly pioneer musician, best known for his hit Be-Bop-A-Lula. // His parents, Ezekiah Jackson and Mary Louise Craddock, were shop owners in Norfolk, Virginia. ...


During the Rock and Roll craze of the 1950s, Owens recorded a rockabilly record called "Hot Dog" for the Pep label, using the pseudonym Corky Jones. He used the pseudonym because he did not want the fact he recorded a rock n' roll tune to hurt his country music career. Buck loved rock n' roll virtually from the start and it influenced his style of country from then on. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Herd behaviour is the term used to describe situations in which the individuals of any particular group react coherently. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest and most important styles of rock n’ roll music to emerge during the 1950s. ... A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ...


Buck's career took off in 1959, when his song "Second Fiddle" hit number 24 on the Billboard country chart. A few months later, "Under Your Spell Again" hit number 4, and then "Above and Beyond" hit #3. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...


In the early 1960s, the "countrypolitan" sound was popular, with smooth, string-laden, pop-influenced styles used by Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, and Patsy Cline, among others. Owens went against the trend, utilizing pure and raw honky-tonk hillbilly feel, mixed idiosyncratically with the Mexican polkas he had heard on border radio stations while growing up. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The Nashville sound in country music arose during the 1950s in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer. ... Jim Reeves is also the name of a competitive eater. ... Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was a Country music/Pop music singer, who enjoyed Pop music cross-over success during the era of the Nashville Sound in the early 1960s. ... Hillbilly is a term referring to people who dwell in remote, rural, mountainous areas. ... Polka is a type of dance and genre of dance music; it originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia, and is still a common genre of Czech folk music; it is also common both in Europe and in the Americas. ... A border blaster, unlike an international broadcasting station, is a term that has been specifically used to describe licensed commercial radio stations that have transmited at very high power to the United States of America from various points along the Mexican side of the border. ...


Owens was named the most promising country and western singer of 1960 by Billboard and his Top-10-charting duets with Rose Maddox in 1961 earned them awards as vocal team of the year. 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... Rose Maddox (August 15, 1926 in Boaz, Alabama - April 16, 1998 in Ashland, Oregon) was an American country singer. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...


In the 1970s, he enjoyed a string of hit duets with a protege, Susan Raye, who subsequentally became a popular solo artist, with recordings produced by Owens. Susan Raye (born October 8, 1944 in Eugene, Oregon) was one of the leading female country music vocalist of the 1970s. ...


1963's "Act Naturally" became Buck's first #1 hit. The Beatles later did a straight cover of it in 1965. The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ...


In 1967, Owens and the Buckaroos toured Japan, a then-rare occurrence for a country musician. The subsequent live album, appropriately named Buck Owens in Japan, is possibly the first country music album recorded outside the United States.[3]


At the White House the following year, Owens performed for President Lyndon Baines Johnson. North fa̤ade of the White House, seen from Pennsylvania Avenue. ... Lyndon Baines Johnson ( August 27, 1908 РJanuary 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. ...


Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of the biggest American rock bands of the period, often demonstrated a country flavor and even mentioned Owens in the hit, "Lookin' Out My Back Door": Creedence Clearwater Revival, commonly referred to by their initials CCR or simply Creedence, was an American rock band, fronted by John Fogerty. ...

A dinosaur Victrola
List'nin' to Buck Owens
Doo, doo, doo
Lookin' out my back door

Hee Haw hit the television airwaves in 1969, keeping Owens busy throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1972 he had another #1 hit, "Made in Japan". This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

KUZZ Radio logo featuring a depiction of Owens' trademark guitar
KUZZ Radio logo featuring a depiction of Owens' trademark guitar

Before the 1960s were done, Owens—with the help of manager Jack McFadden—began to concentrate on his financial future. He bought several radio stations, including KNIX AM and FM in Phoenix and KUZZ in Bakersfield. In 1999, Owens sold the KNIX duo stations to Clear Channel Communications, but he maintained ownership of KUZZ until his death. Image File history File links KUZZ_logo. ... Image File history File links KUZZ_logo. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... KNIX is a well-respected and very popular Country music outlet based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... AM broadcasting is radio broadcasting using Amplitude Modulation. ... The abbreviations FM, Fm, and fm may refer to: Electrical engineering Frequency modulation (FM) and its most common applications: FM broadcasting, used primarily to broadcast music and speech at VHF frequencies FM synthesis, a sound-generation technique popularized by early digital synthesizers Science Femtometre (fm), an SI measure of length... Nickname: Valley of the Sun Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area    - City 1230. ... This article is about the company. ...


Owens established Buck Owens Enterprises and produced records by several artists.


On July 17, 1974, his guitarist and best friend Don Rich was killed in a motorcycle accident. Owens was devastated and never really recovered from the loss. "He was like a brother, a son and a best friend," he said in the late 1990s. "Something I never said before, maybe I couldn't, but I think my music life ended when he did. Oh yeah, I carried on and I existed, but the real joy and love, the real lightning and thunder is gone forever." [1] July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... This article, image, template or category belongs in one or more categories. ...


Owens recorded for Warner Bros. Records, but Owens and his longtime fans were less than happy with the results; the recordings, made in Nashville, reflected the very type of bland country music he had always assailed. His spirit broken by the depression of Rich's death, he simply allowed himself to be led. He was no longer recording by the 1980s, devoting his time to overseeing his business empire from Bakersfield. Slowly, during that time, he recovered his equilibrium. Time allowed him to realize that, despite the excellent pay and friendships he'd developed on Hee-Haw, the show effectively ruined his musical career by redefining him as a comedian, to the point that many who tuned in knew nothing of his phenomenal country music career or his classic hit recordings. He left the show in 1986. Warner Bros. ... Nickname: Music City Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area    - City 1362. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Dwight Yoakam was largely influenced by Owens' style of music and eventually teamed up with him for a duet of "Streets of Bakersfield" in 1988. Their duet was Owens' first #1 single in 16 years. Dwight Yoakam at the unveiling of his Hollywood star. ...


Death

Buck Owens died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March 25, 2006, only hours after performing at his Crystal Palace restaurant, club and museum in Bakersfield. He had successfully recovered from oral cancer in the early 1990s, but had additional health problems near the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century, including pneumonia and a minor stroke suffered in 2004. These health problems had forced him to curtail his regular weekly performances with the Buckaroos at his Crystal Palace. A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Oral cancer is any cancerous tissue growth located in the mouth. ... Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ... A stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA),[1] is an acute neurological injury in which the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted. ...


The Los Angeles Times interviewed longtime Owens spokesman (and Buckaroos keyboard player) Jim Shaw, who said Owens "had come to the club early and had a chicken-fried steak dinner and bragged that it's his favorite meal." Afterwards, Owens told band members that he wasn't feeling well and was going to skip that night's performance. Shaw said a group of fans introduced themselves while Owens was preparing to drive home; when they told him that they had traveled from Oregon to hear him perform, Owens changed his mind and took the stage anyway. The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the Western United States. ... Country fried steak, served with mashed potatoes and baked beans. ... Official language(s) None Capital Salem Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 9th  - Total 98,466 sq mi (255,026 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 2. ...


Shaw recalled Owens telling the audience, "'If somebody's come all that way, I'm gonna do the show and give it my best shot. I might groan and squeak, but I'll see what I can do.'" Shaw added, "So, he had his favorite meal, played a show and died in his sleep. We thought, that's not too bad."[4]


Owens left behind three ex-wives and three sons: Buddy Alan (who charted several hits as a Capitol recording artist in the early 1970s), Michael and Johnny Owens.


The front of the mausoleum where Owens is buried is inscribed "The Buck Owens Family" with the word's "Buck's Place" beneath.


His first wife, country singer Bonnie Owens, died in April of the same year that Buck Owens' died. Bonnie Owens (1932 - 2006) Bonnie Owens (October 1, 1932 – April 24, 2006) was an American country music singer. ...


See also

  • KUVI-TV, Bakersfield – TV station originally owned by Buck Owens

KUVI is a television station serving Bakersfield, California. ... City nickname:Californias Country Music Capital County Kern County, California Area  - Total  - Water 296. ...

References

March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in a leap year). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ Risling, Greg. "Country Music Star Buck Owens Dies at 76", Associated Press, March 25, 2006.
  2. ^ buckowens.com. Buck Owens' Crystal Palace: About Buck. Retrieved on March 28, 2006.
  3. ^ buckowens.com. Buck Owens Collection. Retrieved on March 30, 2006.
  4. ^ Lewis, Randy. "Singer Found Gold and Inspiration in California", Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2006.

March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (88th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in a leap year). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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