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Buck Owens

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.

Owens was born in Texas, but his family moved to Mesa, AZ, when he was a child, seeking work during the Great Depression. Owens developed a fervent interest in music as a young child, learning to play guitar in his early teens. He dropped out of high school in ninth grade, working on the farm to help his family but also spending a significant amount of time learning how to play the guitar. By his late teens, he had an occasional spot on a local radio station, KTYL Mesa, and was playing gigs in honky tonks and clubs around Phoenix with his friend Theryl Ray Britten. When he was 19 years old, he married Bonnie Campbell, who was also a country singer. By 1950, the couple had two sons.

Buck and Bonnie Owens decided to leave Arizona in 1951, moving to Bakersfield, CA. In Bakersfield, he became a regular performer in a number of clubs, particularly the Blackboard, where he was the lead singer and played rhythm guitar for Bill Woods & the Orange Blossom Playboys. Soon, he formed his own band, the Schoolhouse Playboys, which also played the Blackboard. Buck's exposure in Bakersfield led to some session work for Capitol Records, beginning with Tommy Collins' 1954 hit "You Better Not Do That." During all of this, Buck and Bonnie grew apart and divorced in 1953; they remained friends and shared custody of their children.

Between 1954 and 1958, Owens played guitar on a number of Capitol country records produced by Ken Nelson, including some by Faron Young, Tommy Sands, and Wanda Jackson. Occasionally, he was a session musician at the local Bakersfield studio Lu-Tal, run by Lewis Talley. Owens made his first solo recordings at Talley's studio in 1956, cutting ten songs for an independent label called Pep. The singles -- which included the often-covered "Down on the Corner of Love" and "Sweethearts in Heaven" as well as two rockabilly sides released under the name Corky Jones -- were unsuccessful, yet they attracted the attention of many country music business insiders. Around this time, Owens met Harlan Howard, a struggling country singer/songwriter. The pair became friends and collaborators, with Buck writing the music and Harlan writing the lyrics. Owens and Howard formed Blue Book Music that year in order to publish their songs.

Owens continued to play regularly in Bakersfield clubs. At these concerts, he attracted the attention of Johnny Bond and Joe Maphis, who were performers on Town Hall Party and signed to Columbia Records. Impressed with Owens' music, the pair sent a demo to their record label, who immediately became interested in signing Buck. Several people at Capitol were trying to persuade Ken Nelson, the label's country A&R head, to sign Owens as a recording artist, but he wasn't convinced that Buck was a capable lead singer or songwriter. It wasn't until a Capitol recording artist, the Farmer Boys, picked Owens' songs to record instead of Nelson's that the A&R head decided to sign the guitarist in February 1957.

Initially, Owens' singles for Capitol Records were ignored. They were country-pop numbers, complete with a choral group singing backing vocals. Such a big production didn't fit comfortably with his unvarnished honky tonk roots and both singles sank without a trace when they were released in 1957. Hurting financially from the lack of sales, Owens moved to a suburb of Tacoma, WA, to work at a radio station, KAYE, in January 1958. In addition to DJing and selling ads for the station, he played clubs around the area. By the summer, Owens was convinced that his recording career was over, but Ken Nelson refused to let him out of his contract. In the fall of 1958, Owens had another session for Capitol Records, but this time he was allowed to use a steel guitar and a fiddle. One of the songs from the session, "Second Fiddle," was released as a single and became a surprise hit, climbing to number 24 on the country charts. Even though he had his first taste of success, Owens remained skeptical about his future as a recording artist, so he remained in Tacoma, hosting his own live show on KTNT. On the show, he featured a new local singer named Loretta Lynn. More importantly for Owens, he met Don Rich (born Donald Eugene Ulrich) at this radio show. Rich would become Owens' partner in the next decade and would have an immense influence over his music.

"Under Your Spell Again," the fall 1959 follow-up to "Second Fiddle," broke the doors open for Owens. Climbing to number four, the single began a streak of Top Ten singles that ran more of less uninterrupted into the '70s. After "Under Your Spell Again" became a success, Owens moved back to Bakersfield. That winter, Rich also moved to Bakersfield, joining Owens' band as a fiddler and guitarist. Early in 1960, Owens took over Howard's share of Blue Book Music, leaving him in total control of the publishing of all of his songs. "Above and Beyond" became a number three hit in the spring.

Owens had his next hit, "Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)," in the fall of 1960. It was followed in January 1961 with Buck Owens, his first album, as well as the single "Foolin' Around," which spent eight weeks at number two. That spring he had a hit single, "Mental Cruelty"/"Loose Talk," recorded with Rose Maddox. Owens and Rich began touring the country together, playing with pickup bands in each honky tonk they visited. Soon, the pair stopped playing acoustic guitars and began playing Fender Telecasters, electric guitars with a bright, punchy twang. Rich would eventually become the lead guitarist. This change was evident in Owens' two Top Ten hits in 1962, "Kickin' Our Hearts Around" and "You're for Me." Instead of being the shuffling honky tonk numbers that had been Owens' signature, the songs were bright, driving tracks in 2/4 that showed a hint of rock & roll influence. By the beginning of 1963, Owens had begun to assemble his own band, featuring a drummer, bassist, and a pedal steel guitarist. One of the first bassists for the band was Merle Haggard, who named the group the Buckaroos.

Owens' first number one single, "Act Naturally," arrived in the spring of 1963. "Act Naturally" elevated Buck from a successful singer into stardom, starting a streak of 15 consecutive number one singles. Its follow-up single, "Love's Gonna Live Here," became his biggest hit, spending 16 weeks at number one. "My Heart Skips a Beat," released in the spring of 1964, was nearly as successful, spending seven weeks at the top of the charts. It was replaced at the top by its B-side, "Together Again"; later that year, "I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me)" spent six weeks at number one.

In 1965, his number one hits included "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," "Before You Go," "Only You (Can Break My Heart)," and the instrumental showcase "Buckaroo." That spring, Owens took out an advertisement in the Nashville-based publication Music City News claiming: "I shall make no record that is not a country record." He then released his ninth album, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, which featured a version of Chuck Berry's "Memphis." Owens explained that "Memphis" was a rockabilly song, a genre he believed to be part of country music. Also in 1965, he demonstrated his knack for business by forming Buck Owens Enterprises (which was managed by his sister Dorothy) and the booking agency OMAC Artists Corporation. Blue Book Music was also becoming quite successful, with the songs of both Owens and Haggard earning the company significant amounts of money. The following year, Owens began purchasing radio stations; by the end of the decade, he owned four stations.

Owens' success had spearheaded the national acceptance of the Bakersfield sound. Haggard, Wynn Stewart, and Tommy Collins were all grouped under this heading in addition to Owens. The Bakersfield artists updated honky tonk, standing in direct contrast to the smooth country-pop of Nashville. Consequently, Owens was one of the biggest stars in popular music in the mid-'60s. He was playing hundreds of shows a year, selling thousands of records, and selling out concerts across the country. He continued to build his streak of number one hits with "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line," "Think of Me," and "Open Up Your Heart" in 1966. That year, Owens launched his first television series with Buck Owens' Ranch. The program was a half-hour music show that ran throughout the year and was syndicated to 100 markets at the peak of its popularity. Owens' string of number one hits continued throughout 1967, as "Where Does the Good Times Go," "Sam's Place," and "Your Tender Loving Care" all hit the top of the charts. His streak ended at the end of the year, when "It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me)" peaked at number two.

Owens began to branch out musically in 1968, adding more textures, tempos, and stylistic flourishes to his music. Though he only had one number one hit that year with "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone," all of his singles from 1968 -- "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone," "Sweet Rosie Jones," "Let the World Keep on a Turnin'," "I've Got You on My Mind Again" -- charted in the Top Ten, and all but one reached the Top Five. The following year, Owens opened a state-of-the-art, 16-track recording studio in downtown Bakersfield appropriately called Buck Owens Studios. Capitol allowed him to record himself and several other artists -- including Susan Raye, Tony Booth, and Buddy Alan -- at the studio; the label would merely press and package the records.

While Owens had a dedicated country following, he also had picked up a number of pop and rock fans as well. Not only did the Beatles cover "Act Naturally" on their 1965 Help! album, but in the fall of 1968, Owens headlined and sold out two concerts at the legendary rock & roll venue Fillmore West. Owens continued to experiment musically, as evidenced by the two 1969 number one singles, "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass" and "Tall Dark Stranger." In the summer of 1969, Owens' second television show, Hee Haw, premiered. Hee Haw was the concept of two Canadian TV producers, who envisioned it as a down-home, country version of the popular Laugh-In. Owens was hired as its host, and he brought on singer/guitarist Roy Clark as a co-host. Owens only had to tape the show twice a year -- once in June and once in October -- and his segments were spread throughout the season's shows. Initially, the show was just a summer replacement for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, but its summer run was so successful that CBS scheduled it for the fall. As Hee Haw became more popular, so did Owens. In the span of just over a year -- December 1969 to February 1971 -- Capitol released no less than nine Owens albums, including reissues and three new studio records. During that time, he continued to chart in the Top Ten with regularity, as "The Kansas City Song" peaked at number two in the summer of 1970 and "I Wouldn't Live in New York City (If They Gave Me the Whole Dang Town)" reached the Top Ten at the end of the year.

At the beginning of 1971, Owens signed what would turn out to be his last contract with Capitol. He would record for the label for another four years and after his contract expired, he would gain ownership of all of his Capitol recordings, from 1957 to 1975; Capitol could continue to manufacture Owens records until 1980, when the masters would all return to Buck. Throughout 1971, he continued to have Top Ten hits, including a version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Ruby (Are You Mad)," and "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms." In 1971, CBS canceled Hee Haw, and the show moved into syndication, where it became even more popular. By 1973, it had been so successful that it forced Buck Owens' Ranch off the air, simply because Owens' first program couldn't compete with the high ratings of his second show. In the spring of 1972, he had his final number one single as a solo artist, the ballad "Made in Japan." However, his career began to slide after that. It took him over a year to reach the Top Ten again with "Big Game Hunter" at the end of 1973. Two other Top Ten hits followed in the spring and summer of 1974, though both songs -- a rewrite of Dr. Hook's "On the Cover of the Rolling Stone" called "On the Cover of the Music City News" and "(It's A) Monsters' Holiday" -- were novelty numbers.

In July of 1974, Rich, Owens' longtime partner and guitarist, died in a motorcycle crash, which sent Buck into a deep depression. Though he had one more Top Ten hit that fall with "Great Expectations," he had trouble breaking the Top 40 in the years following Rich's death. Owens' contract with Capitol expired in 1975, and he moved to Warner Brothers, where he began recording in Nashville. Appropriately, his music began to sound more like country-pop than the hard-edged Bakersfield sound he had become famous for, but that's because he relinquished creative control of his records to the producers. Owens' record sales had significantly declined, but Hee Haw remained popular. Ironically, its success had an unwanted side effect -- for many listeners in the general audience, Owens became the cornball country comedian he was in the show, not the hardcore honky tonker he was at heart. That perception remained throughout the end of the '70s and even a hit duet with Emmylou Harris, "Play Together Again Again," in 1979 couldn't erase it. In 1980, Owens decided he didn't want to continue with the grind of constant performing and recording. He ended his contract with Warner and drastically cut back his performances. Even though he was semi-retired, he continued to tape Hee Haw until 1986.

Owens was out of public view for the early and mid-'80s, which is when a new generation of country singers was developing. Like Buck in the '60s, they stood in opposition to the pop-inflected country of Nashville, building their sound on the Bakersfield country of Owens and Haggard. One of the leading performers of the new traditionalists, Dwight Yoakam, persuaded Owens to join him on a re-recording of Buck's 1972 song "Streets of Bakersfield." After they performed it on a CBS television special, the duo recorded the song, releasing it in the summer of 1988. "Streets of Bakersfield" became a major hit, reaching number one; it was the first time since 1972 that Owens had a number one hit. Its success spurred him back into the recording studio, where he made a new album called Hot Dog! It was a moderate success and it re-energized Owens. He assembled a new version of the Buckaroos and continued to perform and record, including a duet of "Act Naturally" with Ringo Starr.

Owens didn't record or perform frequently in the '90s, but his classic Capitol recordings began to appear on compact disc; they hadn't been in print since 1980, when he gained control of the tapes from Capitol. Furthermore, Owens' influence continued to reverberate throughout country music as well as some quarters of rock & roll. Owens was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1993 and was hospitalized for pneumonia in 1997; in 2006, he passed away at age 76 in his Bakersfield home. Owens had given a live command performance at the White House for then-President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, and the set was released as an LP in 1972. It finally appeared on CD as Live at the White House in 2012, amended with nine tracks Owens recorded especially for the Apollo 16 astronauts to take with them into space in 1972, making the whole package both a memorial and a time capsule of sorts for this beloved entertainer. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography


Track List: Defining Bakersfield

1. House Down The Block

2. After The Dance

3. That Ain't Right Baby

4. Blue Love

5. It Don't Show On Me

6. Three Dimension Love

7. Down On The Corner Of Love

8. Leaving Dirty Tracks

9. Why Don't Mommy Stay, With Daddy & Me

10. Honeysuckle

12. You're For Me


Track List: Buck 'Em! Volume 2: The Music Of Buck Owens (1967-1975)

Disc 1

1. Happy Times Are Here Again

2. Sweet Rosie Jones

3. Your Mother's Prayer

4. You'll Never Miss The Water (Till The Well Runs Dry)

5. If I Had Three Wishes

6. Let The World Keep A Turnin'

7. Things I Saw Happening At The Fountain On The Plaza When I Was Visiting Rome Or Amore

8. Darlin' You Can Depend On Me (Alternate Version)

9. I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (Live At The White House)

10. Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass

11. We're Gonna Get Together

12. I've Got You On My Mind Again (Live In London)

13. Johnny B. Goode (Live In London)

14. Today I Started Loving You Again (Outtake)

15. Big In Vegas (Live In Las Vegas)

16. Las Vegas Lament (Live In Las Vegas)

17. The Kansas City Song

18. Down In New Orleans (Early Version)

19. Tall Dark Stranger (Live In Scandinavia)

20. I Wouldn't Live In New York City (If They Gave Me The Whole Dang Town)

21. Bridge Over Troubled Water

22. (I'm Goin') Home

23. Ruby (Are You Mad)

24. Corn Likker

25. I'll Still Be Waiting For You (Live In Reno)

Disc 2

1. Arms Full Of Empty

2. Ain't It Amazing, Gracie

3. You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More (Live At The White House)

4. I Love You So Much It Hurts

5. Something's Wrong

6. In The Palm Of Your Hand

7. Streets Of Bakersfield

8. The Good Old Days Are Here Again

9. I Won't Be Needing You

10. It Never Will Be Over For Me

11. Big Game Hunter

12. (It's A) Monster's Holiday

13. Stony Mountain West Virginia

14. Holdin' On

15. On The Cover Of The Music City News (Live In Japan)

16. Made In Japan (Live In Japan)

17. Somewhere Between You And Me (Live In New Zealand)

18. Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms (Live In Australia)

19. Great Expectations

20. 41st Street Lonely Heart's Club

21. Weekend Daddy

22. He Ain't Been Out Bowling With The Boys (Outtake)

23. A Different Kind Of Sad (Outtake)

24. The Battle Of New Orleans

25. Country Singer's Prayer


Track List: Early Recordings

1. Down On The Corner Of Love

2. That Ain't Right Baby

3. You're Fer Me

4. Three Dimension Love

5. House Down The Block

6. Blue Love

7. After The Dance

8. Rhythm & Booze

9. Why Don't Mommy Stay With Daddy And Me

10. Please Don't Take Her From Me

11. It Don't Show On Me


Track List: Buck Em!: The Music Of Buck Owens (1955 - 1967)

Disc 1

1. Down On The Corner Of Love

2. Hot Dog

3. There Goes My Love

4. Sweet Thing (Mono Single Version)

5. Second Fiddle (Mono Single Version)

6. Under Your Spell Again (Mono Single Version)

7. Above And Beyond (Alternate Version)

8. Til These Dreams Come True

9. Foolin' Around (Mono Single Version)

10. Nobody's Fool But Yours (Early Version)

11. Under The Influence Of Love (Early Version)

12. Keeper Of The Key

13. Goin Down To The River

14. Fool Me Again

15. My Heart Skips A Beat (Early Version)

16. Sweethearts In Heaven With Rose Maddox (Mono Single Version)

17. Love's Gonna Live Here (Mono Single Version)

18. Down, Down, Down

19. Act Naturally (Live In Bakersfield)

20. Ain't It Amazing Gracie?

21. Close Up The Honky Tonks (Early Version)

22. Truck Drivin' Man

23. I Don't Hear You

24. Hello Trouble

Disc 2

1. I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me) (Mono Single Version)

2. Don't Let Her Know (Mono Single Version)

3. Buck's Polka

4. Playboy

5. Cryin' Time (Mono Single Version)

6. I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (Mono Single Version)

7. The Band Keeps Playin' On

8. Gonna Have Love (Mono Single Version)

9. Before You Go (Mono Single Version)

10. Getting Used To Loving You

11. Gonna Roll Out The Red Carpet

12. Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (Daddy Looked A Lot Like Him) (Mono Single Version)

13. We Split The Blanket

14. Sam's Place (Mono Single Version)

15. (I'll Love You) Forever And Ever

16. In The Palm Of Your Hand (Mono Single Version)

17. Pray Every Day

18. Together Again (Live At Carnegie Hall)

19. Buckaroo (Live At Carnegie Hall)

20. Where Does The Good Times Go (Alternate Version With Strings)

21. The Way That I Love You

22. Adios, Farewell, Goodbye, Good Luck, So Long (Live In Japan)

23. We Were Made For Each Other (Live In Japan)

24. Heartbreak Mountain

25. How Long Will My Baby Be Gone (Alternate Version)

26. The Girl On Sugar Pie Lane


Track List: Act Naturally, Vol. 4

1. Sweethearts in Heaven

5. Love's Gonna Live Here

7. Smooth Sailin'

8. But I Do

9. If You Ain't Lovin' You Ain't Livin'

10. My Last Chance with You

11. Down, Down, Down

12. You Gotta Have a License

13. High on a Hilltop

14. It Tickles

15. Whatcha Gonna Do Now

16. I Always Get a Souvenir

18. No Love Have I

23. Ain't It Amazing Gracie

24. My Heart Skips a Beat

25. Together Again

27. Truck Drivin' Man

28. I Don't Hear You

29. Hello Trouble

30. A-11

31. Act Naturally


Track List: You're For Me (With Bonus Tracks)

1. You're For Me

2. Fool Me Again

3. Down On The Corner Of Love

4. Mexican Polka

5. Mirror Mirror On The Wall

6. Bad Bad Dream

7. Under The Influence Of Love

8. Nobody's Fool But Yours

9. House Down The Block

10. Country Polka

11. Down To The River

12. Blues For Life


Track List: Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics

1. Honky Tonk Man

2. Swinging Doors

3. Hey Good Lookin'

4. Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line

5. My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You

6. Stay A Little Longer

7. Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young

8. I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water

9. Oklahoma Hills

10. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

11. In The Jailhouse Now

12. Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone

13. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

14. Waterloo

15. I'm Walking The Dog

16. I'm Moving On

17. The Bridge Washed Out

18. Rednecks, White Socks And Blue Ribbon Beer


Track List: Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard (Expanded Edition)

1. Foolin' Around

2. Heartaches For A Dime

3. Heartaches By The Number

4. Let's Agree To Disagree

5. Keeper Of The Key

6. I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today

7. Pick Me Up On Your Way Down

8. I'll Catch You When You Fall

9. Lyin' Again

10. The One You Slip Around With

11. Think It Over

12. Keys In The Mailbox


Track List: Bound For Bakersfield

1. Blue Love

3. Down On The Corner Of Love

5. It Don't Show On Me

7. The House Down The Block

9. Right After The Dance

10. Hot Dog

12. Rhythm And Booze

14. There Goes My Love

16. Sweethearts In Heaven

17. Honeysuckle

18. Country Girl (Leavin' Dirty Tracks)

19. You're Fer Me

20. Blue Love

21. Please Don't Take Her From Me

22. Three Dimension Love


Track List: At His Best

1. Sweethearts In Heaven

2. House Down The Block

3. Down On The Corner Of Love

4. There Goes My Love

5. Hot Dog

6. Rhythm & Booze

7. Right After The Dance

8. It Don't Show On Me

9. Guitar Rag (Inst.)

10. Function At The Junction (Inst.)


Track List: Live In Scandinavia

1. Opening Announcement By Gunner Bide (Live)

2. Up On Cripple Creek (Live)

3. Okie From Muskogee (Live)

4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Live)

5. Buckaroo (Live)

6. Murray Kash Introduces Buddy Alan Owens (Live)

7. Freeborn Man (Live)

8. Big Mama's Medicine Show (Live)

9. Murray Kash Introduces The Hagers (Live)

10. I'm Jesse James (Live)

11. Six Days On The Road (Live)

12. Murray Kash Introduces Buck Owens (Live)

13. Medley: Act Naturally/Together Again (Live)

14. Gunner Bide Wishes Buck Owens Welcome (Live)

15. Medley: Love's Gonna Live Here/Cryin' Time/Sam's Place (Live)

16. Medley: I've Got A Tiger By The Tail/Open Up Your Heart (Live)

17. Orange Blossom Special (Live)

18. Let The World Keep On A-Turnin' (Live)

19. Tall Dark Stranger (Live)

20. Johnny B. Goode (Live)


Track List: Ten Best

1. Down On The Corner Of Love

2. After The Dance

3. Blue Love

5. That Ain't Right Baby

6. The House Down The Block

7. It Don't Show On Me

8. You're Fer Me

9. Please Don't Take Her From Me

10. Three Dimension Love


Track List: The Warner Bros. Recordings

Disc 1

1. We're Gonna Build A Fire

2. Child Support

3. Lady Madonna

4. Hollywood Waltz

5. Rain On Your Parade

6. It's Been A Long, Long Time

7. John Law

8. Ozark Mountain Lullaby

9. Love Don't Make The Bars

10. California Okie

11. Let The Good Times Roll

12. Cinderella

13. Our Old Mansion

14. He Don't Deserve You Anymore

15. Texas Tornado

16. Let Me Touch You

17. Feel Good Again

18. A Different Kind Of Sad

19. How Come My Dog Don't Bark

20. World Famous Paradise Inn

21. You're Gonna Need A Doctor

Disc 2

1. Nights Are Forever Without You

2. When I Need You

3. Do You Wanna Make Love

4. Season Of My Heart

5. Play Together Again Again

6. Hangin' In And Hangin' On

7. Sweet Molly Brown's

8. Let Jesse Rob The Train

9. Victim Of Life's Circumstances

10. Love Is A Warm Cowboy

11. I Don't Want To Live In San Francisco

12. Moonlight And Magnolia

13. Nickels And Dimes

14. Without You

15. I Just Want To See You Again

16. Massachusetts

17. Keep Me From Blowing Away

18. I've Been Loving You Too Long

19. There Must Be Something About Me That She Loves

20. Streets Of Bakersfield


Track List: Live From Austin Tx

1. Act Naturally (Live)

2. Together Again (Live)

3. Love's Gonna Live Here (Live)

4. Crying Time (Live)

5. Tiger By The Tail (Live)

6. A-11 (Live)

7. Hot Dog (Live)

8. Put Another Quarter In The Jukebox (Live)

9. Memphis (Live)

11. Johnny B. Goode (Live)


Track List: Down On The Corner Of Love

1. Down On The Corner Of Love

2. Please Don't Take Her From Me

3. It Don't Show On Me

4. Why Don't Mommy Stay With Daddy And Me

5. Three Dimensional Love

6. After The Dance

7. You're For Me

8. House Down The Block

9. Blue Love

11. Rhythm And Booze


Track List: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection

1. Act Naturally

2. Love's Gonna Live Here

3. Streets Of Bakersfield

4. I've Got A Tiger By The Tail

5. My Heart Skips A Beat

6. Together Again

7. I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)

8. Before You Go

9. Only You (Can Break My Heart)

10. Buckaroo

11. Waitin' In Your Welfare Line

12. Think Of Me

13. Open Up Your Heart

14. Where Does The Good Times Go

15. Sam's Place

16. Your Tender Loving Care

17. How Long Will My Baby Be Gone

18. Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass

19. Tall Dark Stranger

20. Made In Japan

21. Johnny B. Goode


Track List: After The Dance

1. Down On The Corner Of Love

2. Please Don't Take Her From Me

3. It Don't Show On Me

5. Three Dimensional Love

6. After The Dance

7. You're For Me

8. House Down The Block

9. Blue Love

11. Rhythm And Booze


Track List: Act Naturally

Disc 1

1. Together Again

2. Buckaroo

4. Hello Trouble

5. A-11

6. Buck's Polka

7. Gonna Have Love

8. Memphis

10. Sweet Rosie Jones

12. I've Got You On My Mind Again

Disc 2

1. Act Naturally

2. Save The Last Dance For Me

3. Excuse Me (I Think I've Got A Heartache)

4. Above And Beyond

5. Under Your Spell Again

6. Second Fiddle

Disc 3

1. Down On The Corner Of Love

2. The House Down The Block

3. Blue Love

4. You're Fer Me

5. Please Don't Take Her From Me

6. It Don't Show On Me

7. Why Don't Mommy Stay With Daddy And Me

8. Three Dimension Love

9. Honeysuckle

10. That Ain't Right Baby

12. Right After The Dance


Track List: All-Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

1. Waitin' In Your Welfare Line

2. My Heart Skips A Beat

3. Only You (Can Break My Heart)

4. Sam's Place

5. Buckaroo

6. Sweet Rosie Jones

7. Under The Influence Of Love

8. I Don't Care

9. Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms

10. It Takes People Like You

11. I've Got You On My Mind Again


Track List: All-Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

1. Love's Gonna Live Here

2. Tall Dark Stranger

3. Ruby (Are You Mad At Your Man)

4. Your Tender Loving Care

5. Second Fiddle

6. Johnny B. Goode

7. Above And Beyond

8. Open Up Your Heart

9. The Kansas City Song

10. Where Does The Good Times Go

11. Gonna Have Love


Track List: All-Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

1. Act Naturally

2. Streets Of Bakersfield

3. Together Again

4. Before You Go

5. Made In Japan

6. Foolin' Around

7. I've Got A Tiger By The Tail

8. Under Your Spell Again

9. Think Of Me

10. Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass

11. Excuse Me (I Think I Have A Heartache)

12. Big In Vegas


Track List: Live At The White House

1. Introduction

2. You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More

3. Act Naturally

4. Together Again

5. Love's Gonna Live Here

6. Crying Time

7. Happy Times Are Here Again

8. Streets Of Laredo

9. Orange Blossom Special

10. Gentle On My Mind Buddy Alan

11. When I Turn Twenty-One

12. I've Got A Tiger By The Tail

13. Truck Drivin' Man

14. Good Ole Mountain Dew

15. Sam's Place

16. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms

17. White Lightning Buddy Alan

18. Georgia Pineywoods

19. I've Got A Happy Heart Susan Raye

20. Milwaukee Here I Come

21. Sally Was A Good Old Girl

22. Tall Dark Stranger


Track List: Bridge Over Troubled Water

1. Bridge Over Troubled Water

2. Within My Loving Arms

3. (I'm Goin') Home

4. The Devil Made Me Do That

5. Catch The Wind

6. San Francisco Town

7. Everything Reminds Me You're Gone

8. Homeward Bound

9. Love Minus Zero - No Limit

10. I Am A Rock


Track List: It Takes People Like You To Make People Like Me

1. It Takes People Like You

2. The Way That I Love You

3. We Were Made For Each Other

4. That's How I Measure My Love For You

5. If I Knew

6. I'm Gonna Live It Up

7. Where Does The Good Times Go

8. You Left Her Lonely Too Long

9. Let The World Keep On A Turnin'

10. I've Got It Bad For You

11. Long, Long Ago

12. Heartbreak Mountain

13. It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me) (Single Version)

14. Where Does The Good Times Go (Single Version)


Track List: Your Tender Loving Care

1. Your Tender Loving Care

2. Song And Dance

3. Only You (Can Break My Heart)

4. What A Liar I Am

5. Someone With No One To Love

6. Rocks In My Head

7. Sam's Place

8. If I Had You Back Again

9. House Of Memories

10. Only You And You Alone

11. Don't Ever Tell Me Goodbye

12. You Made A Monkey Out Of Me

13. Your Tender Loving Care (Single Version)

14. Sam's Place (Single Version)


Track List: Buck Owens And His Buckaroos In Japan!

1. Opening Remarks - Tetsu Otsuka (Live)

2. Adios, Farewell, Goodbye, Good Luck, So Long (Live)

3. I Was Born To Be In Love With You (Live)

4. Open Up Your Heart (Live)

5. Second Fiddle (Live)

6. Fiddle Polka (Live)

7. Fishin' On The Mississippi (Live)

8. The Way That I Love You (Live)

9. Buck Introduces His Buckaroos (Live)

10. Tokyo Polka (Live)

11. Where Does The Good Times Go (Live)

12. Steel Guitar Polka (Live)

13. Don't Wipe The Tears That You Cry For Him On My Good White Shirt (Live)

14. Drum So-Low (Live)

15. Roll Out The Red Carpet (Live)

16. We Were Made For Each Other (Live)

17. Closing Remarks (Live)


Track List: Roll Out The Red Carpet For Buck Owens And His Buckaroos

1. Gonna Roll Out The Red Carpet

2. He Don't Deserve You Anymore

3. Cajun Fiddle

4. That's What I'm Like Without You

5. I'm Layin' It On The Line

6. Hangin' On To What I Got

7. We Split The Blanket

8. Cinderella

9. Tom Cattin'

10. There Never Was A Fool

11. After You Leave Me

12. (I'll Love You) Forever And Ever

13. Only You

14. My Heart Skips A Beat


Track List: Before You Go - No One But You

1. Before You Go

2. Gonna Have Love

3. Getting Used To Losing You

4. Steel Guitar Rag

5. No Fool Like An Old Fool

6. I Betcha Didn't

7. (I Want) No One But You

8. If You Want A Love

9. Number One Heel

10. Raz-Ma-Taz Polka

11. There's Gonna Come A Day

12. Charlie Brown

13. Love's Gonna Live Here (Instumental Version)

14. Before You Go (Instrumental Version)


Track List: I've Got A Tiger By The Tail

1. I've Got A Tiger By The Tail

2. Trouble And Me

3. Let The Sad Times Roll

4. Wham Bam

5. If You Fall Out Of Love With Me

6. Fallin For You

7. We're Gonna Let The Good Times Roll

8. The Band Keeps Playin

9. Streets Of Laredo

10. Cryin Time

11. A Maiden's Prayer

12. Memphis

13. This Ol' Heart (Live Version)

14. Act Naturally (Live Version)


Track List: I Don't Care

1. I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)

2. Dang Me

3. Don't Let Her Know

4. Buck's Polka

5. Understand Your Man

6. Loose Talk ( With Rose Maddox )

7. You're Welcome Anytime

8. Abilene

9. Playboy

10. Bud's Bounce

11. Louisiana Man

12. This Ol Heart

13. I Don't Care (Instrumental Version)

14. Don't Let Her Know (Instrumental Version)


Track List: My Heart Skips A Beat

1. My Heart Skips A Beat

2. Close Up The Honky Tonks

3. I Don't Hear You

4. Save The Last Dance For Me

5. Over And Over Again

6. Truck Drivin' Man

7. Together Again

8. A-11

9. Ain't It Amazing Grace

10. Getting Used To Losing

11. Storm Of Love

12. Hello Trouble

13. Love's Gonna Live Here

14. Act Naturally


Track List: Sings Tommy Collins

1. If You Ain't Lovin' You Ain't Livin'

2. But I Do

3. It Tickles

4. I Always Get A Souvenir

5. My Last Chance With You

6. Smooth Sailin'

7. You Gotta Have A License

8. High On A Hilltop

9. There'll Be No Other

10. Whatcha Gonna Do Now?

11. No Love Have I

12. Down, Down, Down


Track List: On The Bandstand

1. Saw Mill

2. King Of Fools

3. Sally Was A Good Old Girl

4. I Can't Stop (My Lovin' You)

5. Orange Blossom Special

6. Cotton Fields

7. Kickin' Our Hearts Around

8. Touch Me

9. Sweethearts In Heaven

10. Release Me

11. One Way Love

12. Diggy Liggy Lo

13. Sweethearts In Heaven

14. We're The Talk Of The Town


Track List: You're For Me

1. You're For Me

2. Fool Me Again

3. Down On The Corner Of Love

4. Mexican Polka

5. Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

6. Bad Bad Dream

7. Under The Influence Of Love

8. Nobody's Fool But Yours

9. House Down The Block

10. Country Polka

11. Down To The River

12. Blues For Life

13. Under The Influence Of Love

14. You're For Me


Track List: Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard

1. Foolin' Around

2. Heartaches For A Dime

3. Heartaches By The Numbers

4. Let's Agree To Disagree

5. Keeper Of The Key

6. I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today

7. Pick Me Up On Your Way Down

8. I'll Catch You When You Fall

9. Lyin' Again

10. The One You Slip Around With

11. Think It Over

12. Keys In The Mailbox

13. Foolin' Around (Instrumental Version)


Track List: Buck Owens

1. Above And Beyond

2. Second Fiddle

3. Tired Of Livin'

4. I Gotta Right To Know

5. Excuse Me

6. I'll Give My Heart To You

7. Under Your Spell Again

8. My Everlasting Love

9. Take Me Back Again

10. 'Til These Dreams Come True

11. Walk The Floors

12. I'll Take A Chance On Loving You

13. High As The Mountains

14. Nobody's Fool But Yours


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definately one of the best
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Conway Twitte
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That's so funny Ringo singing it better
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Bakersfield is another place that created it's own sound;and Stars! Okies 1st stop on Ca. Hillbilly Hwy!old Rte.66/Hwy 40!
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I like this song very much
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Ringo sang it better
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Yu8u6c6y t yhvjezdrHnm nc gf5 ter y
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When your done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Its hee haw..
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Yee Haw
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Streets of bakersfield
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Hello All
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Yeeee Haw
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Great. Singer
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Rock it country these guys do it, boom!!!
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Good ole. Buck
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Excuse Me: Cool. :-)
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Love bucks songs
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Love to listen to Buck!
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Good country
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The Bakersfield sound!!!!!!
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Quite a talent.
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I've grown up listening to classic country and classic rock and Classic metal one of my favorite country singers
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Buck was the BEST!
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Love buck songs
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Great music! But with all he was. the man was not nice and not a good role model for men. He look at women like we were pieces of meat. Country music is not the same today sadly but today buck would be doing time for his behavior.
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Buck is to country,as Elvis is to rock n roll. Buck was so cool and never even knew it. Rest in peace. I love ya man.
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I will always remember him.
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I remember him, Buck that is, from the TV show's in the Late 50's. Liked the ole guy great singer too but very old then cant remember him, also Minnie Pearl ...hat with label?
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country musis is terrible today, not like years ago
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hope that this country music stays forever
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Always liked Buck!
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By the time Buck was inducted into the country music hall of fame , he didn't even know what was going on . That is when I lost all hope for the C M H of F . Now it only takes a few years in the business , it's sickening.
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Dad was a huge fan of Buck and therefore I became a huge fan too. We would ride down the road together singing act naturally and I've got a tiger by the tail just like they were our songs. I remember when Don died, it depressed dad terribly, even though he had never met him. he just loved to hear him play. he was depressed again when Buck passed away. sadly I lost my dad 3 days after Christmas in 2011. we talked about Buck and Don earlier that day like they were old friends.
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My parents met Buck & Bonnie at the Blackboard. They enjoyed his music, but he enjoyed the ladies. He was married to Bonnie, but he was always trying to make time with my aunt, who was too young to drink but went with my mom and dad for the dancing. Mama and daddy said Bonnie was the nicest woman you could ever meet, and Merle Haggard was just a regular guy you could talk to.
They moved away before the future stars did, but they always remembered their friends friend from the blackboard.
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HOW THE HELL CAN ANYONE CALL (KID ROCK) A COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER?hE BELONGS IN A CARNIVAL RUNNING GAMES AS THAT'S ABOUT ALL HE'S CAPABLE OF DOING.tHERE' S only a handful of real country music singers left & it's getting worse.I put the blame on those idiots running the grand ole opry.You don't have to pay your dues anymore.Anyo n e can cut a record & get invited onto the Opry.It breaks my heart to see where country music is headed & already has com.
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You guys are old and classic country music like johnny cash Johnny Horton George jones buck Owen ray price willie Nelson
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Pandora,you need to get your info corrected .(understand your man )is not sang by Buck
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Country music is dying thank god we have the memories of the best. Buck is 1 of them
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I loved Buck Owes music, he was one of the greatest performers of his time.

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Love listening to Buck...nosta l g i c .
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Buck had an unmistakeabl e Look and Sound. I loved the Hee Haw years.
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In the early '60s, w e listened, danced and played during Bucks phenomenal rise to Country Gold Stardom on Radio and TV and covered most of his songs in our MOR band, The GTs out of Boise Idaho. Every Juke Box in every club in the State of Idaho had 3 or 4 of his songs and people would immediately fill the floor and dance to the music of Buck Owens & the Buckaroos. On our off nights we would go to The Crow's Inn, just outside of Boise on Hwy 21 to R&R it and enjoy Buck's m
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I was six when Act Naturally came out. My Father played Buck ALL THE TIME! When I heard that Seattle's Bumbershoot music fest booked him in 1998, I called in sick and went to see him. He struggled a little with the vocal chord issue he had, but, I was twenty feet from a Legend. Three years later, I traveled to Bakersfield, and spent an evening at his bar, The Crystal Palace. People wer going up to the stage to shake his hand. So I did, too! A friend snapped a photo of the moment. I
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