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Published: 3/25/2015
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Buck Owens (Michael Ochs Archives / Stringer / Getty Images)

Singer-songwriter Buck Owens scored 21 No. 1 country hits during his 61-year career, propelling Owens into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. A pioneer of the California-inspired Bakersfield Sound, Owens was equally at home in Nashville, where he co-hosted Hee-Haw with Roy Clark from 1969 to 1986. His songs have been covered by the likes of the Beatles, Brad Paisley and Ben Gibbard, inspiring artists from across the spectrum of rock, pop and country, a testament to Owens' incredibly wide appeal. We remember Owens' life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.

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2014: Ralph Wilson, U.S. businessman who founded the Buffalo Bills, dies at 95.

Ralph Wilson (AP Photo/Dean Duprey, File)Wilson's one regret was the Bills' inability to win a Super Bowl. They came close in the early 1990s, when the Marv Levy-coached and Jim Kelly-quarterbacked teams won four consecutive AFC championships from 1990-93, but lost each time. The Bills, however, have not made the playoffs since 1999 and their 14 postseason drought ranks as the NFL's longest active streak. What Wilson never lacked was his sense of humor. In 2010, with the Bills 0-5, Wilson began an interview with The Associated Press with an apology. "I want to apologize for this phone system," Wilson said, with a familiar chuckle. "It's almost as bad as my team." Read more

2012: Priscilla Buckley, U.S. author who was the managing editor of National Review magazine and was the sister of the magazine's founder, William F. Buckley Jr., dies at 90.

2012: Bert Sugar, U.S. writer who was well-known as one of the leading writers on boxing history, dies at 74.

Bert Sugar (Associated Press)Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. According to the hall's website, Sugar wrote more than 80 books, including The 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time. He also appeared in a handful of films, including The Great White Hype starring Samuel Jackson. Read more




2012: Larry Stevenson, U.S. inventor and skateboard pioneer who revolutionized the sport by inventing the kick tail, which is the bent-upward, back end of the board, dies at 81.

2008: Gene Puerling, U.S. vocal performer and arranger who won a Grammy for best vocal arrangement, dies at 78.

2008: Abby Mann, U.S. screenwriter and producer who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg and was the creator of Kojak, dies at 80.

Mann also won multiple Emmys, including one in 1973 for The Marcus-Nelson Murders, which created a maverick New York police detective named Theo Kojak. The film, starring Telly Savalas, was spun off into the long-running TV series Kojak. Read more





2008: Ben Carnevale, U.S. Hall of Fame college basketball coach who was the coach at Navy for 20 years, dies at 92.

2006: Buck Owens, U.S. country music singer and guitarist who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country charts with his band the Buckaroos and was the co-host of the TV show Hee Haw for many years, dies at 76.

His career was one of the most phenomenal in country music, with a string of more than 20 No. 1 records, most released from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. They were recorded with a honky-tonk twang that came to be known throughout California as the Bakersfield Sound, named for the town 100 miles north of Los Angeles that Owens called home. Read more



2006: Richard Fleischer, U.S. movie director of such movies as The Jazz Singer and Doctor Doolittle, dies at 89.

2005: Paul Henning, U.S. television producer and writer who created The Bob Cummings Show, The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction, dies at 93.

2000: Helen Martin, U.S. actress known best for her role as Pearl Shay on the sitcom 227, dies at 90.

1999: Cal Ripken Sr., U.S. Major League Baseball player and manager of the Baltimore Orioles who was the father of baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr., dies at 63.

1992: Nancy Walker, U.S. actress known best as Ida Morgenstern, the mother of Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, and for playing Rosie in Bounty paper towel commercials for 20 years, dies at 69.

1988: Robert Joffrey, U.S. dancer who was a co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet, dies at 57.

1983: Bob Waterfield, U.S. Hall of Fame quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams who led them to NFL Championship titles in 1945 and 1951, dies at 62.

1951: Eddie Collins, U.S. Hall of Fame second baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago White Sox who had a career batting average of .333 and won six World Series championships, dies at 63.

1918: Claude Debussy, French composer who was very influential in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, dies at 55.

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