Buck Owens
© 2006, The Bakersfield Californian
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Buck Owens, a Texas-born fruit picker who made the name of his adopted hometown synonymous with a distinctive brand of country music, died early Saturday morning at his ranch just north of Bakersfield. The cause of death was heart failure. He was 76.

Owens, born in near-poverty just south of the Texas-Oklahoma border and raised from the age of 8 in the Phoenix area, moved to Bakersfield at age 21, hoping to make it as a club musician. He died the multimillionaire king of a regional radio and media empire, renowned as one of country music’s most influential artists and undoubtedly Bakersfield’s most famous citizen.

“I bet it’s twangy in heaven tonight,” said country-music star Brad Paisley, who telephoned Saturday night from a tour stop in Iowa.

Owens had endured a string of medical setbacks in his last dozen years. He underwent throat cancer surgery in 1993, was hospitalized with pneumonia in 1997, suffered a minor stroke in 2004 and checked himself into a Los Angeles-area hospital in February with an unspecified illness. He had previously been treated for heart arrhythmia and lung problems.

Family spokesman and longtime Buckaroo band mate Jim Shaw said Owens was rushed to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital sometime after 4:30 a.m. Saturday but could not be revived. Funeral plans had not been determined as of Saturday. The father of the Bakersfield Sound had performed just the night before at his Buck Owens Boulevard dinner club, the Crystal Palace, closing his 90-minute portion of the show with his 1969 hit “Big in Vegas.”

But during an unprecedented run of success in the 1960s and early ’70s, Owens was big everywhere, from Japan to the White House, and from New York’s Carnegie Hall to San Francisco’s Fillmore West. Those who didn’t know him from his string of No. 1 hits learned his name from “Hee Haw,” the long-running comedy-variety show he co-hosted with Roy Clark.

Lost on many of those television viewers was the fact that Owens was an innovator who gave commercial country music a creative edge that served it well through two decades of change and growth.

“Buck was one of the greatest entertainers of the century,” fellow Country Music Hall of Fame performer Merle Haggard said by telephone from Mississippi, where he is on tour. “He influenced everybody from me to the Beatles. He was recognized in rock, in country, in rockabilly and in bluegrass.

“It’s a sad day in country music,” said Haggard, a native of Oildale himself. “Buck was a powerful figure in the industry and just a great, great contributor to the music. In a lot of ways, he showed us the way.”

In the course of things he boosted the careers of numerous singer-songwriters, among them Red Simpson, Tommy Collins, Dallas Frazier and Homer Joy, who wrote “Streets of Bakersfield,” Owens’ last big hit.

“I had a career ’cause he gave me one,” Joy said Saturday by telephone from Dallas. “I got my break ’cause he took a chance.”

Among Owens’ enduring contributions to Bakersfield is the Crystal Palace, a museum and dinner club that probably represents the city’s best-known tourist attraction. It’s on Buck Owens Boulevard, near the headquarters of Buck Owens Productions and next to the bright yellow, 30-foot-high “Bakersfield” gateway arch that Owens commissioned as a re-creation of the city’s old Union Avenue footbridge. Owens, who fronted the Buckaroos, recorded 25 No. 1 songs, including a string of 19 in a row between 1963 and 1967. Twenty-six of his other songs made the top 10 between 1963 and 1974, and he capped his career with one last chart-topper, a remake of “Streets of Bakersfield,” recorded as a duet with Dwight Yoakam in 1988.

His career slowed dramatically in 1974 when Don Rich, Owens’ lead guitar player and high-harmony vocalist, was killed in a motorcycle accident. Owens stopped recording for years, turning his attention to his numerous business interests, including KUZZ radio. Owens admitted that he never really got over the death of his chief musical collaborator.

Paisley said he and his band mates had worked up an impromptu tribute to Owens that they planned to unveil Saturday night in Cedar Falls. At one point, Paisley said, they would flash a photo of Owens and Rich on the big screen alongside the title of the Owens hit, “Together Again.”

“He’s up there with Don Rich now,” Doyle Holly, who played bass on the Buckaroos’ biggest hits, said by phone from Nashville. “He lost his harmony singer too soon, but he doesn’t have to replace him now. Rest in peace, chief.”

The honky-tonk sound
Owens was one of the primary authors of the Bakersfield Sound, a twangy, rock-influenced interpretation of hard-core honky-tonk that emerged in the early 1960s. The electrified, treble-heavy sound, produced in the studios of Hollywood’s Capitol Records with the Fender Telecaster solid-body guitar as its instrumental backbone, was the antithesis of the Nashville Sound.

At the time, Nashville recordings featured lush orchestrations and a roster of stars backed by the same studio musicians; the Bakersfield Sound was almost tinny by comparison. Owens was proud of his independence and his music’s harder edge, and he seemed to revel in the rivalry of Nashville and his “Nashville West.”

Owens’ distinctive “shuffle” style of music fell out of fashion in the mid-1970s. But a decade later the Bakersfield Sound enjoyed something of a renaissance, with performers like Yoakam, the Mavericks and the Derailers borrowing heavily from Owens’ signature style.

Owens, who admired the work of Hank Williams, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, got into trouble with the Nashville establishment because of his broad interpretation of what constituted “country music” — his rendition of Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” especially inflamed the critics. But Owens didn’t care much; in fact, like his contemporary Merle Haggard, Owens seemed to cultivate a career-long love-hate relationship with Music City.

“My problem with Nashville was simple,” Owens told The Californian in 1997. “I don’t like the way they do talent, and I don’t like the way they cut records.”

In the end, they forgave each other. Owens was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

Hard work and big dreams
Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens, who at age 4 nicknamed himself after the family mule, was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Sherman, Texas, a town about 65 miles north of Dallas. He was the second-oldest of four children and the oldest of two boys born to Alvis and Maicie Owens. Life was difficult, but Maicie Owens enlivened the household with her piano; gospel music echoed through the house regularly.

Owens’ father, a sharecropper, intended to move the family west from the Red River region in 1937, but the Owenses’ trailer hitch broke in Phoenix, and there they remained for more than a decade. Buck and his siblings worked in the fields as soon as they were old enough, and the hardscrabble life left a lasting impression on them all, Buck in particular.

“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,” Owens told biographer Rich Kienzle. “That in itself had driven me to try to find some better way of life. I remember as a kid being cold a lot, and hungry sometimes. We’d go to bed with just corn bread and milk, and I remember wearing shoes with holes in the bottom. I remember having twine for shoestrings: You take old black Shinola polish and try to make ’em look black, and that only makes ’em look worse. I remember the hand-me-down clothes.

“But most distinctly, I remember always saying to myself that when I get big, I’m not going to go to bed hungry, I’m not going to wear hand-me-down clothes. I’m not going to have homemade haircuts done by my mother; she cut our hair until we were about 12 or 13 years old. Just the fright of having to live a life through that … although even then, I was cognizant that half the people I went to school with were just exactly like me.”

Buck and Bonnie
In 1945, he met 15-year-old Bonnie Campbell at the Mazona Roller Rink in Mesa, Ariz.

“He was a pretty good roller skater,” she told The Californian in a 1997 interview. “But I liked him because he played guitar.”

The two dated, but Owens, who was six weeks older, was surprised nonetheless when he showed up for his daily 15-minute radio show, “Buck and Britt,” co-starring Theryl Ray Britten, and there was Bonnie. “What’re you doin’ here?” he asked, assuming she’d come to watch him. “Singin’,” she answered. He didn’t even know she could carry a tune. By January 1948 they were married and within two years they had two baby boys. Buck picked oranges; Bonnie stayed home with the kids.

But by 1951 it became evident that the marriage wasn’t working. Bonnie and the two boys left for Bakersfield, moving in with Buck’s favorite aunt and uncle, Vernon and Lucille Ellington. Buck arrived soon afterward, closely followed by his parents.

Dim lights, thick smoke
Buck set out to look for work in the local saloons, and it didn’t take long for him to hook up with steel guitarist Dusty Rhodes and, four months later, Bill Woods and the Orange Blossom Playboys. He earned $12.50 a night, enough money to make a dent in his bills for the first time in his life.

Bonnie took a job car hopping at a hamburger joint at Union and Truxtun avenues. They remained legally married, though they were separated, because neither could afford a divorce. At first, Owens played a hollow-body Gibson guitar. But, short on cash one day, he hocked it for $10. When he came back to get it, it had been sold. Fellow musician Lewis Talley offered him a used Fender Telecaster — a new, innovative but not-yet-fully appreciated solid-body electric guitar — for $30. Owens bought it, and American music was never quite the same.

That type of electric guitar, created just three years earlier by Leo Fender, gave Owens’ music a distinctively raw edge that set apart both the guitarist and, more significantly, the musical flavor of his adopted city. But fame and success were still several years away. For years, Owens labored at the Blackboard, a rowdy honky-tonk on Bakersfield’s Chester Avenue that featured many of country music’s West Coast pioneers. Wednesdays and Thursdays were guest-star nights. George Jones played one night, Glen Campbell another.

The Blackboard, in fact, was the must-stop spot in Bakersfield for Bob Wills, Roger Miller, Patsy Cline, Little Jimmie Dickens, Connie Smith, Tex Ritter, Dallas Frazier, Ferlin Husky, Lefty Frizzell, Tommy Duncan, and, until he went to prison for stomping his wife to death, Spade Cooley.

It was at the Blackboard in 1956 that singer Wynn Stewart introduced Owens to Harlan Howard, the man with whom Owens would co-write such songs as “Excuse Me (I Think I’ve Got a Heartache)” and “Foolin’ Around.” Howard, quoted in Nicholas Dawidoff’s “In the Country of Country,” remembers watching Woods smoke his pipe and flirt with girls, while Owens was “working his ass off getting a menial wage.”

His big break
On Aug. 30, 1957, Capitol Records producer Ken Nelson signed Owens to a recording contract. He’d known Owens for some time before that from Owens’ guitar-playing sessions in Hollywood behind Tommy Collins, the Farmer Boys and others. Owens had tried long and hard to get himself a contract, but when rival Columbia Records came calling, Nelson changed his tune. Owens recorded two singles; both fizzled.

In January 1958, Owens moved to Tacoma, Wash., and took over one-third interest in 250-watt radio station KAYE, 1450 on the dial. “If you had a really good radio,” he said later, “you could pick it up in the station parking lot.” More importantly, he learned the radio business.

A few months later, he was back in Bakersfield, and on Oct. 9, 1958, he cut four original songs, including the ballad “Second Fiddle,” in the “shuffle” style popularized by Ray Price in songs like “Crazy Arms.” By the following spring, it had reached No. 24 on the Billboard charts. But Owens remained in Washington, where in 1959 he was hosting his own live TV show on KTNT. Among the local talent was a housewife-turned-singer named Loretta Lynn. Then there was a teen fiddler from Tumwater, Donald Eugene Ulrich. Later known as Don Rich, he would become Owens’ musical alter-ego and a major contributor to his best recordings.

The success of “Second Fiddle” led to another session, this one for “Under Your Spell Again.” It was his first Top 10 record, in the fall of 1959. In June 1960, riding that record’s success, Owens sold his share of the radio station and moved back to Bakersfield for good.

It was a great year. Harlan Howard gave Owens his share of Blue Book Music, a music publishing company that would later fetch huge returns. Don Rich, bored with college, joined Owens in December 1960. And Billboard magazine named Owens its “Most Promising Country and Western Singer of the Year,” based on a poll of country disc jockeys.

The Bakersfield Sound
It seems unlikely that Owens realized it at the time, but the Buckaroos were creating an appealingly raw, stripped-down sound — the Bakersfield Sound.

It was a hard-driving style, full of Telecaster twang, prominent steel-guitar leads and bold, dominant drums. “The Nashville Sound was always more formulaic,” said Paul Wells, director of the Center for Popular Music, an independent music archive and research center based at Middle Tennessee State University. “There was always more of a self-consciousness about trying to reach a broader audience, about trying to make new (commercial) inroads. With Buck and Merle (Haggard), they were just doing what they did. Of course they wanted to reach a broad audience, but they did it on their own terms.”

Starting with “You’re for Me,” in 1961, Owens and Don Rich — by now the band’s lead guitar player — put to vinyl a clean, clear sound that hit listeners, as Owens liked to say, “hard as a freight train.”

“Their vocals were always up front, shoved along in two-by-four rhythm by regular doses of steel, nervy electric guitar runs, and more drums than anyone else in country music was using,” Dawidoff wrote in “In the Country of Country.”

“There was no thought put into it,” Owens told Dawidoff. “The sound just came about. I had a big old Fender Telecaster guitar, the walls of the buildings were hard, the dance floor was cement, the roof was sheet metal. There was considerable echo in there. ... It was just the sound that people wanted.”

Buck the TV star
By 1963, Owens was big enough to land guest appearances on national TV appearances — first on ABC’s “Jimmy Dean Show” and then NBC’s “Kraft Music Hall.”

In 1966, Owens forged a deal with two wealthy country music patrons, Oklahoma City furniture-store owners Don and Bud Mathes, to create a new, syndicated show. Dubbed “Buck Owens’ Ranch,” the half-hour program was taped before a Spanish hacienda backdrop at Oklahoma City’s WKY-TV. Owens developed a system: Starting in 1969, he and the band would record the instrumental tracks at Buck Owens Studios in Oildale, then do the singing in Oklahoma City, with the boys “air” strumming in the background.

At its peak, the “Ranch” show was in 100 markets around the country, 52 weeks a year. It ran until 1973 — some 295 original shows plus dozens of additional programs repackaged with new and previously broadcast performances, totaling 380 shows in all.

In Bakersfield on a late-’60s Saturday afternoon, a country-music couch potato could watch Owens’ “Ranch,” the Louvin Brothers’ show and then Porter Waggoner (featuring Dolly Parton), culminating that evening with “Hee Haw.” “Hee Haw” eventually proved to be the undoing of the “Ranch” show.

When Owens renegotiated a new deal with Young Street Productions, which then owned “Hee Haw,” the producers made him quit. They’d noticed what everybody in the band knew all too well: Owens was playing the same thing in both shows — literally.

“It had become painfully obvious,” said Jim Shaw, Owens’ keyboardist. “Very often we’d do the same song on the ‘Ranch’ show and then ‘Hee Haw.’ We’d use the exact same instrumental tracks (usually recorded at Buck Owens Studios on North Chester Avenue in Oildale) and Buck would just sing them fresh at the taping. They got aggravated. They said, ‘Hey, you’re competing against yourself.’” And of course they were right.

The legacy of ‘Hee Haw’
“Hee Haw,” first telecast on June 15, 1969, was more than enough for Owens anyway. Until he left the show in 1986 (it went on without him until 1993) the show in one way or another occupied a substantial portion of his life.

Owens signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1975. He had little success, however, and “Hee Haw” hadn’t helped; although it had been tremendously profitable (he earned $400,000 per year for just 20 days of work), Owens seemed to be increasingly viewed as a overalls-wearing caricature. “I kinda just prostituted myself for their money,” he told Kienzle, the biographer. “My music, which I loved, had suffered badly and I knew what it was from: too much ‘Phifft! You Were Gone.’”

The rest of his life, of course, was business. He bought KUZZ radio (named after Cousin Herb Henson, the singing TV show host who had served as general manager of the station, then at 800 AM) in 1966. A year later he purchased 107.9 FM, which he turned into KBBY, a rock station. The FM station went country in 1969, reverted back to rock in 1977 and finally became KUZZ’s primary dial location in 1988. Over the years Owens owned several radio stations playing various formats, and some of them earned him millions. In 1999, Owens’ family-owned company sold its two Phoenix stations to Jacor Communications for $142 million.

Owens dabbled in television in the early 1990s, too, with Bakersfield’s KDOB-TV, Channel 45, named for his late sister Dorothy Owens, the station’s original general manager. (It later became KUZZ-TV and now, no longer connected to the company, it is KUVI-TV). Today, his broadcast empire is just KUZZ AM, KUZZ FM and KCWR FM.

Another run at the big time
In 1986, a newcomer named Dwight Yoakam had his first hit with a driving revival of Johnny Horton’s 1956 hit “Honky-Tonk Man.” A revival of interest in Owens’ music was starting to rumble.

“People would be sending me interviews from newspapers where they interviewed Dwight,” Owens told Kienzle. “I kept seein’ these things and he would say, ‘All you guys forgot about Buck Owens. Do you know who Buck Owens is?’ Then all of a sudden he releases a song called ‘Little Ways,’ sounded exactly like me. It started takin’ off here.”

The two singers met and they performed at the Kern County County Fair in 1987. Then they sang Owens’ 1972 recording of “Streets Of Bakersfield” together on a 1988 CBS-TV special. They toured together that summer and for the first time in years, audiences saw Buck Owens as the honky-tonk singer he once was. The two re-recorded Owens’ “Streets Of Bakersfield” and it hit No. 1, Owens’ first time there since 1972.

Owens’ dinner club-museum, the $6.7 million Crystal Palace, opened in October 1996. The concert hall, with its huge collection of photos and country-music artifacts, helped put Bakersfield back on the country music map. In 2001, Owens appeared on two recordings that were nominated for the Country Music Association awards as “vocal event of the year”: “Alright, I’m Wrong,” Owens’ tejano romp with Yoakam; and “Too Country,” Paisley’s tribute to tradition, featuring George Jones, Bill Anderson and Owens. Paisley’s song won.

Owens was married three times, to Bonnie Campbell (1948); Phyllis Buford (1956); and Jennifer Smith (1979), and had a brief, annulled marriage to fiddler Jana Jae. He was divorced at the time of his death.

Owens had two sons with his first wife: Alan Edgar “Buddy” Owens, a country singer himself who used the stage name Buddy Alan, and Michael Lynn Owens; and one son with his second wife: Johnny Dale Owens. He also raised a stepson and stepdaughter with his second wife.

Owens gave generously to charity, especially local charities. He established a nonprofit that gave scholarships to music students at Bakersfield College’s music program. For years he sponsored a Toys 4 Tots event at Bakersfield Convention Center. He hosted the annual Buck Owens Rodeo and a celebrity golf tournament that attracted people like John Wayne, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Efrem Zimbalist Jr., all for charity.

“The golf tournament was tremendously time-consuming,” said Shaw, Owens’ longtime keyboard player and company lieutenant. “The thing people may not realize is, when these people agreed to come in, Buck then owed them. He’d have to go out on the road to appear at their events. He had staff working out all the arrangements six months out of the year.

“One time I said to him, ‘Gee, Buck, wouldn’t it just be easier if you just wrote a couple big checks and forgot all this hassle? What’s the difference?’

“He said, ‘The difference is, the whole community is involved this way. Hundreds of people are getting involved and feeling like they’re part of it.’ He thought that was far better than just writing a check.”

As significant as the community contributions were, though, it’s the musical legacy that will last.

“That’s the beauty of this,” Paisley said. “We are left with so much. That’s the great thing about a music career. It’s eternal. It’s up to us to make it eternal, anyway. Buck’s done his part.”

For more stories, photos and video about Buck Owens and The Bakersfield Sound, visit www.bakersfield.com
Published by Bakersfield Californian from Mar. 27 to Apr. 1, 2006.
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Family tree down the line Buck Owens related to my great grandpa George Washington Owens which my grandma Eunice Owens
May 30, 2021
One of my fondest memories of my involvement with country music remains the many Friday (or was it Saturday?) nights spent at the old Fresno Barn where Buck and Don Rich & the gang would play. Other upcoming stars who also played there include Johnny Cash, George Jones and many more. GOOD TIMES!
jim aldrich
December 22, 2020
Sitting here in front of the TV watching HEE HAW. I have watched these shows for the past forty years or so. Never get enough of Buck’s singing and performing. One of the best. RIP Buck, your legacy goes on.
Earl David Cash
December 9, 2020
Miss him forever.
September 8, 2020
I remember my older brother playing Buck Owens music on his guitar, when he was in the army the radio played songs from home and we had them play Tiger By the Tail for him. I used to play the 45’s on the old record player and sing along every word. Always loved Buck’s music and watching him on Hee Haw. He will always be a part of my childhood memories.
Debbie Edmondson
July 26, 2020
he was a kind friend to me.
sue curtis
May 15, 2020
kind friend
sue curtis
May 15, 2020
In my younger days I played guitar and sang in a seven piece touring Showband 1965/1973..I owe my musical influence to Buck Owens
Mike McDonald
Grand Parent
May 13, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
February 24, 2020
love you buck owen
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
love his music and his sining
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
you will be love by other
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
rest in peace buck love you
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
buck was the best singer ever
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
that i love him
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
that i miss him so much
sue curtis
February 24, 2020
i love you buck and don rich. forever
jackie r liapes
September 28, 2019
March 3, 2019
March 3, 2019
He Haw was my all time favourite show whilst living in the States. Great man, big loss to Country music. Thanks for the memories.
Jo Stevenson
August 21, 2018
I love to listen to Bucks songs even today.RIP
May 27, 2018
Kimberly Koch
April 2, 2018
Sorry For Your Loss!
Thomas & Libby Widgeon
January 31, 2018
You are truly a blessing, your music will live on for ever...... your guitar is even ledgendary. R.I.P. buck, you are surely missed
Barry Emmett
January 27, 2018
Love you Great Grandpa Buck!
Naomi Owens
October 22, 2017
I love you Buck!!! You made a difference in my life!!!!
Robert Hansen
August 13, 2017
Andrew Lisenby
July 24, 2017
Rest in peace Mr. Buck Owens. You were one of the greatest.
Sheila Forman
July 11, 2017
Great performer watched him on hee haw.
Pam Farley
May 28, 2017
Still watching and enjoying Hee Haw from time-to-time, Buck. Really enjoy it. Everyone on that show looked like they were having a real fun time doing it.
Roy Clark is one of the most talented string instrument players ever! Hope I get to meet him one day.
Donna Baker
May 17, 2017
Louise Stanfield
March 30, 2017
Im a fan from days of old.
Sandra Williams
March 3, 2017
RIP Mr. Owens
John Heer
February 26, 2017
Buck Love your songs watched all kinds of country singers Like Johnny cash Loretta Lynn Charles pride to will always be in are hearts one song I will always loves is you ain't going too have old buck too kick around no more R I p Buck an God be with the family
Leonard h an Michelle R Hall
February 19, 2017
Buck Owens Love the tunes and watching hee haw now the memories you left for all too enjoy you had a lot of good singers on yr show like Johnny cash Charlie pride Loretta Lynn and maney more Rest in peace Buck
Leonard h
February 19, 2017
January 12, 2017
Loved Buck we saw him many times never be another like him RIP.
Jeanette Hensley
November 19, 2016
Love is living here buck again
First Namephilip Last Name shelnut
October 15, 2016
je n'ai pas connu les chanson de buck owens avant
de puis 3 semaine je les ecoute avec merle haggard
bravo des chanson magnifique
reposee en paix avec merle haggard
dihal laurent
October 2, 2016
i will never forget his singing
charlene porter
September 12, 2016
Buck Owens was one of the greats! I watch Hee Haw reruns all the time. I love watching the crew! He is missed.
Elaine McDaniel
August 20, 2016
I all ways loved to watching Hee Haw every Saturday evening. Love watching you and Roy Clark picking and Grinning . Buck Owens was a very great performer. Thank You .Rest in peace Buck.
Thomas Thacker
August 14, 2016
I all ways loved to watching Hee Haw every Saturday evening. Love watching you and Roy Clark picking and Grinning . Buck Owens was a very great performer. Rest in peace Buck.
Thomas Thacker
August 14, 2016
Valenda Newell
July 8, 2016
Always in our HEARTS. One of the greats
Gypsie Halberg
May 2, 2016
A legend. Great memories. Great music
Michael Chavez
March 31, 2016
Better late then never, sitting here now listening to to Dwight does Buck, love it. Never missed Hee Haw either. You were the best, rest in peace with your tunes entertaining everyone up there.
Bonnie Colp
February 24, 2016
May you play up in heaven with the rest of the family!! I can hear them spoons on the knees of each of us kids, as we all grew up knowing and loving you all!!
From Granddaughter of Clifford O.G. Owens. God bless you!
Regina Delgado-Hankins Owens
December 3, 2015
He was a great entertainer, singer and writer. He will be greatly missed
Richard Girard
December 2, 2015
Daniel 2.44.es la promesa que esperamos todos
November 3, 2015
Remembering the great times at the Crystal Palace got to see Brad Paisley there with buck in the buckaroos great show still on my mind !! Rest in peace BUCK
September 11, 2015
Rip buck
frank pedrick
August 25, 2015
Deborah Henson
July 5, 2015
Rest in Peace... You were my husband's favorite singer. We watched your show every week..
Joanne Peterson
June 15, 2015
Buck was country god bless Buck Tonight performing at honky-tonk heaven Mr Buck Owens thanks buck
June 7, 2015
U rock buck on your tours
william belich
June 6, 2015
U were greatest singer ever 2005
william belich
June 6, 2015
i wish i got to know you because you are family i am 14 i lised to your music all the time
brittany hopkins
April 30, 2015
March 26, 2015
r.i.p. buck. you brought a lot of happinest to a lot of people,including myself.
beedie watson
March 25, 2015
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
March 25, 2015
May you RIP.
Pamela Orr
December 26, 2014
When I was a little girl I used to go stay with my grandmother. She forced me to watch Hee Haw. I really grew to hate that show. Now I'm a grown woman in my 50's with children n grandchildren. I've been watching reruns of Hee Haw. Its not so bad.
Pamela Orr
December 26, 2014
shackelford linda
November 2, 2014
loved him them, love him now, reruns of HeeHaw are so enjoyable to watch given all the junk on TV today. Bless you Buck.
September 7, 2014
Thanks for the memories.
Cynthia Capps
July 19, 2014
Love hee haw me and my daddy use to watch you on Sunday .
Penny Baker
June 15, 2014
Buck you were my Sunday night fun with my dad we use to watch you on hee haw.
Penny Baker
June 15, 2014
Loved Buck Owens and his music. Saw him perform live in Fort Wayne and South Bend. Enjoyed him on Hee Haw.
Janet Clawson
March 26, 2014
I , Love Buck Owens When , He Sang Hot Dog At Number 13 On Billboards Party Hits !!!!! R.I.P. Adios Amigo !!!! Mr. Owens Edward Jimmy Cullen Smithfield RI
Edward Jimmy Cullen
March 25, 2014
i said it then and i'll say it now. you were one of the greatest. your music is sorely missed today. we love yoo. may you rest in peace forever. beedie watson pelzer,sc
beedie watson
March 25, 2014
He was good. People need to study him to see how he got to be so good.
Bernie O'Brien
March 25, 2014
I'm a-picking, and I'm a grinning, whenever I
think of both you and Roy Clark together!!!
Robert Piescor
March 25, 2014
Rest in peace
March 9, 2014
Really appreciate your music. I was just a toddler but your albums were played over and over !
Sharon Gentry
December 30, 2013
We miss your wonderful singing and the Buck Owens Show that we watched every sat. night. Thanks for the memories.
December 10, 2013
Thank-you for sharing yourself and music for all of your fans. You will never be forgotten. My mother is the one who got me to listen to your work. RIP,my friend..
cheryl coffey
October 15, 2013
buck you were my favorite singer I will always remember your music, alan[yogi]simmons
September 2, 2013
Prayers for your family and may you always be remembered for all that you gave to country music. Many don't know of all the charities that you gave to. You will be missed. Thanks for the inspiration that you gave to us all. R.I.P
Anne Fitzgerald
September 1, 2013
rest in peace buck, thanks for giveing us a pieace of you all these years.connie wrey
connie wrey
August 12, 2013
We are still enjoying your work in 2013. God bless you for all you have done. What a kind and entraining man we lost. Take care of him lord.
David Grieser
July 28, 2013
A buck fan, I have 1 of 3 G&L red white & blue guitars that Leo fender made for Buck when he retired. If a family member or close friend is interest in this guitar I am at 714-421-2088
July 7, 2013
I want to light a candle for Buck and my dear mother she loved his song dust on mothers Bible.She always sang along with it and had tears coming down her face because she lot her dear mother !
kathy Beauchene
July 3, 2013
Hi Buck, My mother always loved you She loved your song Dust on Mothers Bible! We all in our Family will miss your wonderful singing My mother went to Heaven like I know you did! I hope she gets to meet you !
kathleen Beauchene
June 26, 2013
i miss your singing u r the best. watching hee haw all the time
robert nickerson
June 9, 2013
Buck continues to live in our hearts & the music is timeless. Anywhere theirs a smokey bar with a country flavor Bucks songs make it come to life. He raised the bar and many have tried but they have not reached it yet. My dad introduced me to Buck Owens music at a time when i was big on CCR and the Bay Area sound. Well now Im at about the age my father was when he introduced me to Bucks music & I love that Bakersfield sound. Buck is not resting he is playing the best music in heaven along with George Jones, Hank Williams and Jimmie Rogers just to name a few & I hope to hear them all up their in God's kingdom when my time to go has come!
Bill Fischer
June 8, 2013
to buck owens; buck your still one of the best ive heard since i was a young man and today i still listen to your songs. i only wish that 97.1 the radio station in houston would play all of your twenty greatest hit songs but they do not. 97.1 of houston texas plays the legdonary country western artists but these people never play any songs of yours. except with dwight yokum the streets of bakersfield ok.? so thanks for all the good singing and the very funny hee haw shows too.
david ruter
May 7, 2013
May you walk the streets of Bakersfield 4-ever!RIP Buck miss ya love ya!
March 13, 2013
Great loss to the music scene, your music will remain with me forever. Rest in peace
Chris Grixti
February 23, 2013
To Buck Owens,
Watching on the show Hee-Haw on t.v. when I was a little girl was great. I thought you were fantastic. My prayers are with you Mr. Owens. Lisa Weiner
Lisa Weiner
February 18, 2013
I loved. Being with buck alone.ive lost photos of us tho.i never told him i sang.how stupid.
farrel faye bearce
February 15, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Malcolm Brunges
February 12, 2013
I'am really going to miss you Buck. Thank You for the Music that you gave to us all. And All the People you helped along the way. Brenda
Brenda Atwood
January 28, 2013
Buck Owens always played in my parents home growing up as a child. My Dad would play his guitar and sing many of his songs as well as others, and We never missed a Hee Haw show!!!! Before my Dad passed away we would watch reruns on RFTD. May he Rest in Peace. He will always be in my Heart as long as I live. thanks Buck for all the wonderful childhood memories!!!!
Connie Holmes
January 27, 2013
Buck miss you
william owen
January 6, 2013
to the family of buck so sorry for your loss bo bryant amarillo texas 79101
bo bryant
December 11, 2012
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