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Buck Owens

Source: findagrave.com

Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. (August 12, 1929–March 25, 2006), better known as Buck Owens, was an American singer and guitarist who had 21 number one hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band, the Buckaroos. Owens and the Buckaroos 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'n'roll. Owens met his longtime guitarist Don Rich while in the Seattle area. Rich can be heard harmonizing on all of Owens' hits until his death in a motorcycle accident in 1974. The loss of his best friend devastated Owens for years and abruptly halted his career until he performed with Dwight Yoakam in 1988. Owens co-hosted Hee Haw with Roy Clark.

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In the news

Megastar Garth Brooks revisits his roots at rare club gig in Bakersfield
LA Times Entertainme, 2019-08-16 19:44:07
Country superstar Garth Brooks took a break from touring stadiums to perform at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, one of the stops on his Dive Bar Tour.

How to see megastar Garth Brooks perform at a tiny Bakersfield nightclub
LA Times Entertainme, 2019-07-30 20:48:14
Stadium filler Garth Brooks will play a rare, small-venue date Aug. 15 at his musical hero Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield.

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso and "Hee Haw" star, dead at 85
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2018-11-15 18:29:12
Clark was "Hee Haw" host or co-host for its entire 24-year run, with Buck Owens his best known co-host

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