Buck Owens

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Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. (August 12, 1929 – March 25, 2006), known professionally as Buck Owens, was an American musician, singer and songwriter who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music 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. The accidental death of Rich, his best friend, in 1974 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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Year Title Rating Releases
1961 Buck Owens 1
1962 You're for Me 2
1965 Before You Go / No One but You 1
1965 I've Got a Tiger by the Tail 2
1966 Roll Out The Red Carpet 1
1967 Your Tender Loving Care 1
1968 Christmas Shopping 1
1991 Kickin' In 1
1995 On the Bandstand 2
2004 Bridge Over Troubled Water 1
2005 Blue Love 1
2013 Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics 1
Act Naturally 1
Buck Owens 1
Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard 1
Good Old Country 1
Half a Buck Greatest Duets 1
Hot Dog 1
Open Up Your Heart: The Buck Owens & The Buckaroos Recordings 1965-1968 1
Too Old to Cut the Mustard 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1964 The Best of Buck Owens Compilation 1
1994 The Buck Owens Story, Volume 1: 1956-1964 Compilation 1
1994 The Very Best of Buck Owens, Volume 1 Compilation 1
1994 The Very Best of Buck Owens, Volume 2 Compilation 1
1998 Act Naturally: Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Compilation 1
1999 Streets of Bakerfield: 40 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
2006 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Compilation 1
2007 Young Buck: The Complete Pre-Capitol Recordings Compilation 1
2008 Act Naturally: The Buck Owens Recordings 1953-1964 Compilation 1
All-Time Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Compilation 1
All-Time Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Compilation 1
All-Time Greatest Hits, Volume 3 Compilation 1
The Buck Owens Collection (1959-1990) Compilation 2

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2008 "Live" in Scandinavia Live 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1961 Foolin' Around / High as the Mountains 1
1963 Act Naturally / Over and Over Again 1
1963 Love's Gonna Live Here / Getting Used to Losing You 1
1964 Together Again / My Heart Skips a Beat 1
1965 Only You (Can Break My Heart) / Gonna Have Love 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Rating Releases
1963 On the Bandstand 1
I Don't Care 1
Rhythm & Booze 1
Ruby & Other Bluegrass Specials 1
You're for Me 1


Year Title Rating Releases
2006 Remembering Buck Owens Compilation 1

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