Buck Owens, singer
birth name: Alvis Edgar Owens

Buck Owens

August 12, 1929, Sherman, TX ~ March 24, 2006, Bakersfield, CA

The March 1965 issue of Music City News carried a paid ad from Buck. In his ‘Pledge To Country Music,’ he stated: “I Shall Sing No Song That Is Not A Country Song. I Shall Make No Record That Is Not A Country Record. I Refuse To Be Known As Anything But A Country Singer. I Am Proud To be Associated With Country Music. Country Music And Country Music Fans Made Me What I Am Today. And I Shall Not Forget It.” ~ Nashville Songwriters Foundation: Buck Owens ~ retrieved July 12, 2013 © Nashville Songwriters Foundation

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August 1, 1992 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) TLC, Baby-Baby-Baby ~ #2 (2) Madonna, This Used To Be My Playground ~ #1 (1) Sir Mix-A-Lot, Baby Got Back


Buck Owens, along with Merle Haggard, was the leader of the Bakersfield sound, a twangy, electricified, rock-influenced interpretation of hardcore honky tonk that emerged in the '60s. Owens was the first bona fide country star to emerge from Bakersfield, scoring a total of 15 consecutive number one hits in the mid-'60s. In the process, he provided an edgy alternative to the string-laden country-pop that was being produced during the '60s. Later in his career, his musical impact was forgotten by some as he became a television personality through the country comedy show Hee Haw. Nevertheless, several generations of musicians - from Gram Parsons in the late '60s to Dwight Yoakam in the '80s - were influenced by his music, which wound up being one of the blueprints for modern country music. ~ Allmusic: Buck Owens ~ retrieved August 12, 2013 © Allmusic

In 2012, three Buck Owens albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #359 You're For Me (1962) ~ #278 Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard (1961) ~ #114 I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (1965)

Buck Owens ~ Inducted in the 1996 Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

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