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SoulFind - SPRING APRIL FUNERAL / BUCK OWENS - b- August 12, 1929 / d- March 25th 2006
TVInews / Soufind - 114 Buck Owens the legendary country singer dies. b- August 12, 1929 / d- March 25th 2006. Along with fellow performers Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart, Buck helped popularize the Bakersfield Sound, or honky-tonk infused with electric instrumentation and rock influences.
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Buck Owens is a true legend in country music. Along with fellow performers Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart, Buck helped popularize the Bakersfield Sound, or honky-tonk infused with electric instrumentation and rock influences.
Growing up in Arizona, Buck picked cotton and learned to play the mandolin, the guitar and horns. He had his first radio program at age 16 and a year later, worked with the Mac's Skillet Lickers, whose lead singer was Bonnie Campbell. Bonnie soon became the first Mrs. Buck Owens; together, they had a son, Buddy. Buck and his young family moved to Bakersfield, California, in the early 1950s, where he worked as a session guitarist and played for a band called the Orange Blossom Playboys.
After a few years of recording rockabilly songs (as "Corky Jones"), Buck signed a contract with Capitol Records in 1957. His first recordings floundered, and it wasn't until the spring of 1959 when he hit with "Second Fiddle."
That song only reached No. 24 on Billboard magazine's country singles chart, but it was the follow-up, "Under Your Spell Again" (which reached No. 4 in the fall of 1959) that Buck's future in country music was assured--and was it ever. After several top-five songs that flirted with the No. 1 spot (among them, "Above and Beyond," "Under the Influence of Love" and "Foolin' Around"), he finally hit the top of the charts in June 1963 with "Act Naturally."
That song's four-week stay at No. 1 paled in comparison, though, to his incredible 16-week stay that fall with "Love's Gonna Live Here." Eighteen more No. 1 hits, all in the Bakersfield tradition, followed during the next nine years. Many of them featured Buck's chief guitarist, right-hand man and close confidant, Don Rich. Together, Owens and Rich (the leader of Buck's backing band, the Buckaroos) polished their sound, which graced AM radio throughout the 1960s and early 1970s.
Buck parlayed his popularity on two country music TV shows: the syndicated "Buck Owens Ranch Show" and CBS' (and later syndicated) Hee Haw. Through it all, he was an astute businessman, keeping control of his publishing rights and master tapes, purchasing several radio stations and forming a booking agency among them. He also recorded a live album in 1969 in London. Then, in 1974, Rich was killed in a motorcycle accident and Buck's life faltered. He recorded for Warner Bros. for a time in the mid- to late-1970s, but only one song, 1979's "Play Together Again, Again" (a duet with Emmylou Harris) was a substantial hit.
Then, in 1988, he found renewed popularity when new country star Dwight Yoakam (whose own Bakersfield Sound was strongly influenced by Owens) asked him to duet on "Streets of Bakersfield," which soared to No. 1. He still performs occasional shows at his Crystal Palace, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. Buck Owens remains one of country music's most respected (if not underrated) legends. Written by: Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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1929 - Born: 12 August 1929, Near Sherman, Texas, USA (age 76)
Birth Name: Alvis Edgar Owens Spouse: Jane Grief (1977 - 1977) (divorced) Jennifer (1967 - 2001) (divorced) 1 child Bonnie Owens (1943 - 1953) (divorced) 2 children
Credited Years: 1965 - 2002
Biography Buck Owens is a true legend in country music. Along with fellow performers Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart, Buck helped popularize the Bakersfield Sound, or honky-tonk infused with electric instrumentation and rock influences. Growing up in Arizona, Buck picked cotton and learned to play the mandolin... more »
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•Trivia
•His band was called "The Buckaroos".
•He had throat cancer in 1993, and lost part of his tongue.
•Born at 5:00am-CST
•Buck has three sons named Buddy, Michael and Johnny.
•He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.  more »
Where Are They Now?  
•Performing weekly in Bakersfield, California
Talent Agent: Creative Artists Agency  more » Beverly Hills, CA: 9830 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1825 USA
Profession: Actor / Producer Known for: Hee Haw / Buck Owens' Ranch Show / Murder Can Hurt You Born: 12 August 1929, USA (age 76)  more »  STARmeter™ Current rank: 19,042 Click graph for more detail
Filmography sorted by:
Jump to: Past Films & Videos   Past Television   Appearing as Himself   Archive Footage  
Past Films & Videos (1 title) Year MOVIE Meter Budget Opening Weekend US Box Office South of Heaven, West of Hell - Executive Producer  2000  10,856    $16.6K  $16.6K   Past Television (5 titles) Year MOVIE Meter User Rating User Votes   ChalkZone (TV series)    33,156
Skrawl, The/Pie Day/Secret Passages - Chalk Dad (voice)  2002
Christmas at Sea World (TV movie) - Actor  1981  175,586  1.0  7   Murder Can Hurt You (TV movie) - Sheriff Tim MacSkye  1980  54,162  6.0  51   The Big Show (TV series)    33,773
Episode #1.8 - Actor  1980
The Jackie Gleason Show (TV series)    13,160
Episode #1.23 - Musical Guest  1967
Appearing as Himself (8 titles) Year MOVIE Meter User Rating User Votes  
30th Annual Country Music Association Awards (TV movie) - Himself  1996  173,936
The Dukes of Hazzard (TV series)    1,438
Hughie Hogg Strikes Again - Himself  1981
Toast of the Town (TV series)    6,629
Episode #24.11 - Himself - Singer  1970
   Episode #23.26 - Himself - Singer  1970
Hee Haw (TV series) - Himself (Host) (1969-1986)  1969  8,457
From Nashville with Music - Himself  1969  103,986
The Dean Martin Show (TV series)    12,220
Episode dated 25 January 1968 - Himself  1968
Buck Owens' Ranch Show (TV series) - Himself (host)  1966  127,836
Country Music on Broadway - Himself  1965  117,406
Archive Footage (1 title) Year For All Mankind (documentary) - Himself (voice)  1989 

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Biography Buck Owens is a true legend in country music. Along with fellow performers Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart, Buck helped popularize the Bakersfield Sound, or honky-tonk infused with electric instrumentation and rock influences. Growing up in Arizona, Buck picked cotton and learned to play the mandolin... more
Terry Christoffersen - General Manager terry@buckowens.com
Mathy Lemon - Operations Manager mathy@buckowens.com
Michelle Jackson - Assistant Manager  mjackson@buckowens.com
Bruce Tisler - Assistant Manager  bruce@buckowens.com 
Ester Gayton&endash; Reservations Coordinator reservations@buckowens.com
Chris O'Donnell &endash; Sound/Video/Lights Production Manager chriso@buckowens.com
Jerry Hufford &endash; Talent Buyer/Coordinator jhufford@buckowens.com
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