Buck Owens

~ Person

Legal name: Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr.

Also performs as: Corky Jones


Alvis Edgar "Buck" Owens, Jr. (August 12, 1929 – March 25, 2006) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader 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 Artist RatingReleases
1961 Buck Owens Buck Owens 1
1961 Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard Buck Owens 1
1962 You’re for Me Buck Owens 3
1963 On the Bandstand Buck Owens 3
1963 Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins Buck Owens 1
1965 Before You Go / No One but You Buck Owens 1
1966 Roll Out The Red Carpet Buck Owens 1
1967 Your Tender Loving Care Buck Owens 1
1968 Christmas Shopping Buck Owens 1
1971 Merry Christmas From Buck Owens & Susan Raye Buck Owens & Susan Raye 1
1989 Act Naturally Buck Owens 1
1991 Kickin' In Buck Owens 1
2004 Bridge Over Troubled Water Buck Owens 1
2005 Blue Love Buck Owens 1
2013 Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics Buck Owens 1
Buck Owens Buck Owens 1
Good Old Country Buck Owens 1
Half a Buck Greatest Duets Buck Owens 1
Hot Dog Buck Owens 1
Too Old to Cut the Mustard Buck Owens 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 The Best of Buck Owens Buck Owens 1
1994 The Buck Owens Story, Volume 1: 1956-1964 Buck Owens 1
1994 The Very Best of Buck Owens, Volume 1 Buck Owens 1
1994 The Very Best of Buck Owens, Volume 2 Buck Owens 1
1998 Act Naturally: Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Buck Owens 1
1999 Streets of Bakerfield: 40 Greatest Hits Buck Owens 1
2006 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Buck Owens 1
2007 Young Buck: The Complete Pre-Capitol Recordings Buck Owens 1
2007 The Warner Bros. Recordings Buck Owens 1
2008 Act Naturally: The Buck Owens Recordings 1953-1964 Buck Owens 1
2015 Buck 'Em! Volume 2: The Music of Buck Owens (1967-1975) Buck Owens 1
All-Time Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Buck Owens 1
All-Time Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Buck Owens 1
All-Time Greatest Hits, Volume 3 Buck Owens 1
The Buck Owens Collection (1959-1990) Buck Owens 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 "Live" in Scandinavia Buck Owens 1


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

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
I Don't Care Buck Owens 1
Rhythm & Booze Buck Owens 1
Ruby & Other Bluegrass Specials Buck Owens 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Remembering Buck Owens Buck Owens 1

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