Sunday, March 26, 2006

RIP


Buck Owens

"03-25-2006 KUZZ Radio owner and Country Music Hall of Fame musician Alvis E. "Buck" Owens died early Saturday morning at his Bakersfield, CA home. His family says Buck died in his sleep and the cause of death is not yet known. Buck was born on August 12, 1929 in Sherman, Texas. The son of a sharecropper, Buck traveled with his family to the Phoenix, Arizona area in 1937 as they searched for a better life. Eventually, they traveled to California's San Joaquin Valley, doing farm work. At a young age Buck vowed that when he grew up, he would not be poor. He found a way out of his family's poverty through his musical talent.
That talent blossomed after Buck moved to Bakersfield in 1951. Within months he was a member of the hottest honky-tonk band in town, Bill Woods & The Orange Blossom Playboys, who held forth at the legendary Blackboard night club. He began playing a Fender Telecaster guitar, which provided a unique new sound in country music. Soon he was playing for recording sessions at Capitol Records. His first session as a leader came in 1957, but the session produced no hits.
Shortly thereafter, Buck began his other career, as a broadcaster. He moved to the Tacoma, Washington suburb of Puyallup and bought part-interest in a radio station, where he worked as a DJ and ad salesman as well as playing gigs in the area. He also had a live TV show in Tacoma.
Buck's first Top 10 record, "Under Your Spell Again," was released in 1959. In 1960, he sold his interests in Washington state and returned to Bakersfield, which was his home until he died. From 1962 to 1968 Buck released a series of #1 records that established him as one of the greatest country entertainers of all time."

6 comments:

Stephen said...

Merle, from the NY Times:
"Learning of Mr. Owens's death on Saturday, Mr. Haggard said: "Buck and I are from the same town. We've been in many battles together, always on the same side." He added: "Over the last few years, we'd become closer than we ever realized; he even flew up to Portland to see me when I opened for Dylan last year. We were outlaws together.""

greg said...

He played twice a week for his hometown crowd in Bakersfield right up to the end.

Stephen said...

I went to see him once, on my birthday--and he didn't show.

greg said...

I don't like him anymore.

Stephen said...

Just a shame that I missed my one chance to see him live. I still have his picture up in my office. I am not joking. He is next to Eisenhower.

greg said...

I saw Johnny Cash about 10 years ago when he was still healthy and I'm glad I did. Saw Willie a few years back, too. Never saw Buck. Don't make it to B-Field very often.