Buck Owens

Buck Owens


8/12/1929, Sherman, Texas, USA



Birth Name

Alvis Edgar Owens Jr.


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  • Trivia

    • Buck has worked with music artists like Kay Starr, Tommy Collins, and Gene Vincent.

    • Buck's first record contract was with Capitol Records.

    • At the age of 3, Alvis decided to call himself Buck, after his favorite horse in the farm.

    • When he was young, Buck traveled with his parents from Texas to Arizona, and then to California's San Joaquin Valley, where his parents were doing farm work. His father was a sharecopper.

    • The Buckaroos were:

      Buck Owens (Lead singer).
      Don Rich (Guitar).
      Tom Brumley (Pedal steel).
      Willie Cantu (Drum).
      Doyle Holly (Bass).

    • Buck's first #1 hit was Act Naturally, in 1963. It stated a period of six years when he controlled the #1 even now and then with his singles. This song was also later coverd by the Beatles.

    • Buck has recorded the rockabilly song Hot Dog, in 1956, under the alias name Corky Jones, to keep his Country career seperated.

    • Buck met his first wife, Bonnie Owens, in the group Mac & the Skillet Lickers, where they were working together. They married a year after, in 1948.

    • Buck was the owner of the Crystal Palace restaurant in Bakersfield, California, his hometown. This is a restaurant which contains a performance hall.

    • Buck was mentioned in the song of The Creedence Clearwater Revival (60's successful Rock group), Lookin' Out My Back Door: A dinosaur Victrola, List'nin' to Buck Owens, Doo, doo, doo, Lookin' out my back door...

    • Buck's biggest hit is Love's Gonna Live Here, which stayed for 16 weeks as #1 in the Billboard US Chart, in 1963. It is also the longest running #1 in the history of the Billboard.

    • Buck was joined to the Country Music Hall Of Fame by the year 1996.

    • Buck had no less than 20 #1 hits in the US Billboard Chart.

    • By the end of the 1940's, Buck became a truck driver. That is how he discovered the San Joaquin Valley of California, and Bakersfield, where he settled with his family.

    • Buck co-hosted a radio program called Buck and Britt during 1945.

    • Buck's songs were covered by many famous artists, such as The Beatles (Act Naturally), Ray Charles (Crying Time), Al Green (Together Again), and Johnny Rivers (Under Your Spell Again).

    • Buck was the host of Hee Haw, the Country Music humor and documentary show, which was the country's answer for Laugh-In, and eventually outlived it and was aired for 24 seasons, from 1969 until 1992. Buck left the show in 1986.

    • Buck was the lead singer of his band, The Buckaroos.

    • Buck "invented" what has become to be the Bakersfield sound, named after Bakersfield, California, Owens' home. He drew inspiration from this place to his music, the very American Country music.

  • Quotes

    • Buck Owens: I'd like just to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs, and had a hell of a time.

    • Buck Owens: That was where my dream began to take hold, of not havin' to pick cotton and potatoes, and not havin' to be uncomfortable, too hot or too cold. That in itself had driven me to try to find some better way of life.

    • Buck Owens: We used to get one room and we'd park the vehicle outside, everybody would all take showers and we'd steal towels because we knew we wasn't gonna have enough towels for all five of us to shower.

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