Buck Owens

Real Name:
Alvis Edgar Owens Jr.
Profile:
Born 12 August 1929 in Sherman, Texas,
Died 25 March 2006 in Bakersfield, California.

NOTE: Credits that are either the surname alone (or misspellings thereof) or include the real forename (or initials thereof) always belong to the real name alias (Alvis E. Owens, Jr.) per staff.

In 1951 Buck and his wife, Bonnie Owens, moved to Bakersfield, California, where Dust Bowl refugees had ended their trip west. From 1951 to 1958 Buck played at the Blackboard, the center of the vibrant Bakersfield music scene. As lead guitar player and singer for the house band led by Bill Woods (2), Buck played anything to get folks dancing, including country, R&B, rockabilly, rhumbas, polkas, and even sambas.

He also took advantage of Bakersfield’s proximity to Los Angeles to play sessions at Capitol Studios, establishing himself as a session guitarist for artists such as Tommy Collins and Gene Vincent. He made a few singles for local labels, and even recorded a rockabilly single, “Hot Dog,” for Pep in 1956, which was released under the name “Corky Jones” so that Buck’s country credibility would not suffer. Capitol producer Ken Nelson (2) signed Owens to Capitol in 1957. Two years later, “Second Fiddle” became Owens’s first chart record.

During a period he spent in the Seattle area in the late fifties, Buck struck up a musical relationship and personal friendship with a young fiddler, Don Rich. Their partnership was crucial in Buck’s career, and Rich stayed with Owens as musician, guitarist, and leader of Buck’s band, The Buckaroos, until his death in 1974.
Owens’s first #1 hit, which began a string of six years in which he had at least one #1 and usually had three, was “Act Naturally” in 1963, later covered by the The Beatles. Following this, Owens hit the top again and again with songs such as the ballad “Together Again” (#1, 1964), “I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail” (#1, 1965), “Think of Me” (#1, 1966), and “Sam’s Place” (#1, 1967).

Unlike most other artists during the heyday of the Nashville Sound, Owens would virtually always record with his road band, giving his records both a distinctive sound and a live feel. From 1963 to 1967, during the peak of Owens’s commercial and artistic career, Owens and Rich were joined by pedal steel player Tom Brumley, drummer Willie Cantu, and bassist Doyle Holly on all of Owens’s records and on the Buckaroos’ own marginally successful releases on Capitol. While Nelson nominally produced his sessions, Owens would shape and control the band’s sound and songs. These factors, and Owens’s desire to keep the same winning song and arrangement formula, helped to create the conditions for his signature style based upon simple storylines, infectious choruses, twangy electric guitar, an insistent rhythm supplied by a drum track placed forward in the mix, and high two-part harmonies featuring Owens and Rich.

In the '70s, was seen with Roy Clark on the country music themed television show, "Hee Haw"

Owens also invested in radio stations throughout the Southwest, and with his manager Jack McFadden established his own management and booking agency that handled a number of artists.

He was coaxed out of retirement in 1988 by Dwight Yoakam, who helped him return to the top of the charts with the duet “Streets of Bakersfield” (written by Homer Joy). Two new albums followed—Hot Dog! (1988) and Act Naturally (1989), the latter including a duet with Ringo Starr on the title track.
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T-1489 Buck Owens - Buck Owens album art Buck Owens Buck Owens (Album) Capitol Records T-1489 US 1961 Sell This Version
L 8017 Buck Owens - Buck Owens album art Buck Owens Buck Owens (Album) La Brea L 8017 US 1961 Sell This Version
ST 1482 Buck Owens - Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard album art Buck Owens Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard (Album) Capitol Records ST 1482 Japan 1961 Sell This Version
SLP 172 Buck Owens - The Fabulous Country Music Sound Of Buck Owens album art Buck Owens The Fabulous Country Music Sound Of Buck Owens (Album) Starday Records SLP 172 US 1962 Sell This Version
T1777 Buck Owens - You're For Me album art Buck Owens You're For Me (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T1777 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
ST 1989 Buck Owens - Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins album art Buck Owens Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records ST 1989 US 1963 Sell This Version
T1879 Buck Owens - On The Bandstand album art Buck Owens On The Bandstand (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records T1879 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
No. 169/170 Buck Owens - Sound Track Five album art Nat King Cole / Buck Owens Nat King Cole / Buck Owens - Sound Track Five(LP, Mono, Transcription) The Veterans Administration No. 169/170 US 1965 Sell This Version
ST 2994 Buck Owens - The Guitar Player album art Buck Owens Accompanied By The Buckaroos Buck Owens Accompanied By The Buckaroos - The Guitar Player (Album) Capitol Records ST 2994 UK 1968 Sell This Version
SMK 2218/19 Buck Owens - Close-Up Buck Owens album art Buck Owens Close-Up Buck Owens (Comp) Capitol Records SMK 2218/19 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
1 C 062-80 081 Buck Owens - Buck Owens In London album art Buck Owens Buck Owens In London (Album) Capitol Records 1 C 062-80 081 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
ST-413 Buck Owens - The Buck Owens Show Big In Vegas album art Buck Owens The Buck Owens Show Big In Vegas (Album) Capitol Records ST-413 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
ST-448 Buck Owens - We're Gonna Get Together album art Buck Owens & Susan Raye Buck Owens & Susan Raye - We're Gonna Get Together (Album) Capitol Records ST-448 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
SXT-558, SXT 558 Buck Owens - The Great White Horse album art Buck Owens & Susan Raye Buck Owens & Susan Raye - The Great White Horse (Album) Capitol Records SXT-558, SXT 558 US 1970 Sell This Version
7E 062-80578 Buck Owens - "Live" In Scandinavia album art Buck Owens With The Buckaroos, Buddy Alan & The Hagers Buck Owens With The Buckaroos, Buddy Alan & The Hagers - "Live" In Scandinavia (Album) Capitol Records 7E 062-80578 Norway 1970 Sell This Version
SL-6720 Buck Owens - Music Hall (Country Gold Award Album) Buck Owens & Tennessee Ernie Ford album art Buck Owens, Tennessee Ernie Ford Buck Owens, Tennessee Ernie Ford - Music Hall (Country Gold Award Album) Buck Owens & Tennessee Ernie Ford (Album) Creative Products SL-6720 US 1971 Sell This Version
ST-837 Buck Owens - Merry Christmas From Buck Owens & Susan Raye album art Buck Owens & Susan Raye Buck Owens & Susan Raye - Merry Christmas From Buck Owens & Susan Raye (Album) Capitol Records ST-837 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
SW-8-0874 Buck Owens - Too Old To Cut The Mustard? album art Buck Owens & Buddy Alan Buck Owens & Buddy Alan - Too Old To Cut The Mustard? (Album) Capitol Records SW-8-0874 US 1972 Sell This Version
SMAS-11039 Buck Owens - Live At The Nugget album art Buck Owens Live At The Nugget (Album) Capitol Records SMAS-11039 US 1972 Sell This Version
ST.11105 Buck Owens - "Live" At The White House album art Buck Owens "Live" At The White House (Album, Comp) Capitol Records ST.11105 Australia 1972 Sell This Version
RL 12-3 Buck Owens - Me And The First Lady / The Best Of Buck Owens & Susan Raye album art George Jones & Tammy Wynette / Buck Owens & Susan Raye George Jones & Tammy Wynette / Buck Owens & Susan Raye - Me And The First Lady / The Best Of Buck Owens & Susan Raye(LP, Transcription) Afrts RL 12-3 US 1972 Sell This Version
ST-11204 Buck Owens - The Good Old Days (Are Here Again) album art Buck Owens & Susan Raye Buck Owens & Susan Raye - The Good Old Days (Are Here Again) (Album) Capitol Records ST-11204 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
ST-611222 Buck Owens - Arms Full Of Empty album art Buck Owens Arms Full Of Empty (Album) Capitol Records ST-611222 US 1973 Sell This Version
ECR-8173 Buck Owens - Hall Of Fame album art Buck Owens Hall Of Fame(LP, Album) Capitol Records ECR-8173 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
ST23372 Buck Owens - Live At The Sydney Opera House album art Buck Owens Live At The Sydney Opera House(LP) Capitol Records ST23372 Australia 1974 Sell This Version