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"I've never been arrested, jailed, (or) taken dope. I've paid my taxes and I'm proud of it."

                                                               Buck Owens, 1992

Buck Owens worried about his legacy. A lot.

Seventeen years co-hosting TV's 'Hee-Haw' with Roy Clark, pickin' and grinnin', telling incessant cornball jokes, introducing acts and singing his own material had himself made him a household name. And yet, perception being nine-tenths of the law, he feared the association would reduce his life and career to that of First Citizen of Kornfield Kounty, an affable buffoon in overalls singing Phfft! You Were Gone with Archie Campbell or asking Grandpa Jones, "What's for supper?" The specter of that made his blood run cold. It's why he quit the show in 1986.

Buck knew damned well what he'd achieved. A master honky-tonk singer who'd learned his trade playing for tips in Arizona honky-tonks then in Bakersfield's legendary Blackboard club, he created a distinctive, streamlined sound replete with catchy songs, embellished by twangy Fender guitars and a supercharged, aggressive rhythm he often likened to a train rushing down a track. The results speak for themselves. 'Billboard' cites 26 Top Ten singles plus 21 #1s, 15 of those between 1963 and 1967. Of the unbelievable 41 Capitol albums released from 1964 to 1974 including duet and best-of packages, 26 reached the Top Ten, 12 topping the country LP charts. Not only the premier country singer of the 1960s, he became a musical fountainhead revered by succeeding generations of country and rock acts.

Bakersfield had a country scene before Buck Owens ever arrived in 1951, but Buck truly put it on the map. Blending the music around him with a joyous iconoclasm, echoing that of his heroes, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, George Jones, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard, he largely created the Bakersfield Sound, paving the way for both his own achievements and those of the equally monumental Merle Haggard. Without trying, he inspired much of country's 1980s New Traditionalist movement, its nucleus of Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart, Highway 101, Keith Whitley and the Desert Rose Band, all longtime Buckophiles. Yoakam, his greatest disciple, encouraged his mentor to end his self-imposed semi-retirement, which culminated with his return to the stage and his 21st #1:

a 1988 duet with Yoakam on the obscure Buck oldie Streets Of Bakersfield.

A newer generation of admirers arose in the 1990s, including The Derailers and others who drew inspiration from classic Bakersfield 

One of country music's shrewdest and most instinctively brilliant businessmen, his family-run empire encompassed song publishing and radio stations in both Bakersfield and Phoenix, as well as printing and publishing interests. When he sold the two Phoenix stations in 1999, the price was $142 million. Since he owned his Capitol masters (negotiated in his final contract in the 1970s), he made them available again in the 1990s, further enhancing his musical stature. Despite his decades of openly criticizing Nashville's approach to country, the industry voted him into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. That year, he also opened the Buck Owens Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, a $6.7 million combination museum and supper club, his own honky-tonk he could play whenever he wanted. Younger artists flocked to his side including Garth Brooks, Trace Adkins, John Berry, the Hot Club of Cowtown and Brad Paisley, himself no slouch with a Telecaster.

When he died on the morning of March 25, 2006 of a heart attack, following an impromptu performance at the Palace with the Buckaroos the night before, obituaries and news stories abounded. While they didn't ignore 'Hee-Haw,' most concentrated not on the comic but celebrated the bold, innovative California honky-tonker who created raw, invigorating music for the ages, fulfilling his fondest wish for his legacy. In the end, the world got it.

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"It was a real tough life, but I hadn't known anything else. The whole family worked. It was hot, sweaty, grimy dirty work and little pay."

                                                                  Buck Owens

Grayson County, Texas sits along the Red River across from Oklahoma. Just south of the city of Denison, along the river, is Sherman, Texas. It was a small town in the late 1920s, when Alvis Edgar Owens, Sr., a native Texan and his wife, Arkansas native Maicie Azel Owens, tilled a nearby farm. Like so many others, they were sharecroppers struggling to make a living to support a growing family. Daughter Mary was first, born in 1927. On August 12, 1929 came Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., followed by Melvin in 1931 and Dorothy in 1934. Alvis, Sr. occasionally worked at a dairy farm in Garland, Texas near Dallas. His eldest son never forgot his dad's difficult life, which became one of the motivating forces in his own. "You get up about 2-3 o'clock in the morning and get through about 7 or 8. And 12 hours later you start all over. That's the worst kind of work a person can do. You have to do these two shifts to get one day." On the farm, the Owenses had a mule named 'Buck' that Alvis, Jr. admired. When he was three or four, he walked into the house and informed everyone his name, thereafter, would be "Buck." And it was. Music took a bit of the edge off the family's hard existence. Maicie, who played piano and guitar, exposed her kids to gospel music by taking them to various churches before joining a Southern Baptist Church.

The second they were old enough, the Owens kids headed into the fields with their parents. "We were sharecroppers . . . we were a little bit of everything . . . farmed and tried to make something. (The land owner) furnished the seed and the land and we furnished the labor. And you got a share of it, usually a 50-50 basis on the profit and sometimes there wasn't a lot of profit. In the thirties, it wasn't the desired thing. And along comes the 'Grapes Of Wrath' syndrome and blew everybody out." America's Great Depression aggravated that already-difficult life as it wreaked havoc on most of the nation in the 1930s, complicated by droughts that struck rural Texas and Oklahoma and crippling dust storms that resulted wrecked countless farms and crops. Thousands of Texans and Oklahomans, facing certain starvation, uprooted and headed west.

By November 1937, the Owenses had enough. Deciding their future lay in the West. Alvis Owens built a trailer to hold their belongings. He, his wife and kids, Buck's uncle Vernon Ellington and his wife Lucille, their infant son Jimmy and Maicie Owens's mother, Mary Myrtle--ten people in all--piled into a 1933 Ford sedan. Heading west, they stopped only to cook and to sleep. The trailer hitch busted as they rolled through Phoenix and, with relatives in nearby Mesa, everyone decided to stay. As itinerant farm labor, they worked on Arizona dairy and fruit farms and occasionally traveled to the rich farming regions in California's San Joaquin Valley, harvesting vegetables near Tracy, peaches near Modesto, carrots in Porterville, cotton and potatoes in Bakersfield. Alvis Owens drove trucks and dug ditches.

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The Complete Capitol Singles 1971-1975 (CD) Buck Owens & The Buckaroos: The Complete Capitol Singles 1971-1975 (CD) Art-Nr.: CDOV327

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On The Bandstand (LP) Buck Owens & The Buckaroos: On The Bandstand (LP) Art-Nr.: SLP5554

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(Sundazed) 12 tracks, colored Vinyl (gold) On your choice of premium RTI Gold vinyl or CD! At his '64 best! A top10 charter in 1964 for the honky-tonker! Cut by Kevin Gray & pressed at RTI on virgin gold vinyl 'On The Bandstand' was a...
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Together Again - My Heart Skips A Beat (LP) Buck Owens & The Buckaroos: Together Again - My Heart Skips A Beat (LP) Art-Nr.: SLP5555

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(Sundazed) 12 tracks, colored Vinyl (gold) On your choice of premium RTI Gold vinyl or CD! A collection of his best material (and biggest hits!) Buck Owens in his prime! Cut by Kevin Gray & pressed at RTI on virgin gold vinyl The sound...
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Blue Love (CD) Buck Owens: Blue Love (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSD055

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(Magnum Music) 17 tracks The seventeen tracks on this album contain an outstanding collection of material from a great artist, characteristic of both his style and a great interpreter who has made a great contribution to country music.
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Country Music (LP) Buck Owens: Country Music (LP) Art-Nr.: LPSTW114

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(1981/Time Life) 9 tracks - originally sealed copy - Stereo recordings, made between 1960 and 1970
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Live In Austin, Texas (CD & DVD) Buck Owens: Live In Austin, Texas (CD & DVD) Art-Nr.: CDNW6384

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(2017/New West) 22 Tracks - Legendary live performance broadcasted 1988 via KLRU-TV! Including his hit 'Under Your Spell Again' as a duet with Dwight Yoakam, his Rockabilly classic 'Hot Dog' and a driving version of Chuck Berry's 'Johnny...
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Live From Austin, TX (LP, 180g Vinyl) Buck Owens: Live From Austin, TX (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPNW5195

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(2017/New West) 11 tracks - Recorded October 23, 1988
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Buck Owens & The Buckaroos - Live At Carnegie Hall (LP) Buck Owens & The Buckaroos: Buck Owens & The Buckaroos - Live At Carnegie... Art-Nr.: LPCMF012

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(1988/County Music Foundation) 12 tracks (including 3 medleys), Stereo, recorded in 1966 at New York's Carnegie Hall, produced by Ken Nelson. Liner Notes by Paul Kingsbury (Country Music Foundation)
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Buck Owens And The Buckaroos -The Complete Capitol Singles 1957-1966 (2-CD) Buck Owens: Buck Owens And The Buckaroos -The Complete... Art-Nr.: CDOV206

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(2016/Omnivore) 56 tracks. There is no denying Buck Owens is a legend. From his presence on the radio to jukeboxes to turntables to television, the "Bakersfield Sound" has become part of American music's fabric. For the first time,...
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Act Naturally (5-CD) Buck Owens: Act Naturally (5-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16850

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5-CD Boxed Set (LP-size) with 84-page hardcover book, 159 tracks. Total playing time: 383 mns. One of the all-time Country Music Hall of Fame greats finally gets the Bear Family treatment! 'The birth of the legendary Bakersfield Sound!...
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Sings Harlan Howard (CD Japan) Buck Owens: Sings Harlan Howard (CD Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6652

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​(1991/Insideout/EMI Japan) 12 tracks - sealed
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Under Your Spell Again (CD Japan) Buck Owens: Under Your Spell Again (CD Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6651

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​(1991/EMI Japan) 12 tracks - mono. Factory Sealed New Stock Copy.
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Act Naturally (LP) Buck Owens: Act Naturally (LP) Art-Nr.: LPEST2119

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(1989/CAPITOL) 10 tracks. Legendary album featuring Emmylou Harris & Ringo Starr. UK pressing.
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In Japan (CD) Buck Owens: In Japan (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSC6103

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(1997/Sundazed) 17 tracks
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Buck Em: Vol 2 the Music of Buck Owens (2-CD) Buck Owens: Buck Em: Vol 2 the Music of Buck Owens (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDOV135

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(2016/Omnivore) 50 tracks. The Music Of Buck Owens (1967-1975)
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Buck 'Em! (4-CD) Buck Owens: Buck 'Em! (4-CD) Art-Nr.: CDOV165

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(2016/Omnivore) 100 tracks. Slipcase with two 2-CDs: 'The Music Of Buck Owens Vol.1 & 2'
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It Takes People Like You To Make People Like Me (CD) Buck Owens: It Takes People Like You To Make People Like Me... Art-Nr.: CDSC6105

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(1997/Sundazed) 14 tracks
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Buck Em: Vol 1 the Music of Buck Owens (2-CD) Buck Owens: Buck Em: Vol 1 the Music of Buck Owens (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDOM101561

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(2013/Omnivore) 50 tracks.
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Streets Of Bakersfield (CD) Buck Owens & The Buckaroos: Streets Of Bakersfield (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCTS55450

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​(1998/Country Stars) 18 tracks
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Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins (CD, Japan) Buck Owens: Buck Owens Sings Tommy Collins (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6655

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan CD reissue of the original Capitol LP!
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On The Bandstand (CD, Japan) Buck Owens: On The Bandstand (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6654

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue of the original Capitol LP! Still factory sealed!
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Together Again - My Heart Skips A Beat (CD, Japan) Buck Owens: Together Again - My Heart Skips A Beat (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6656

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​(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks, rare Japan reissue!
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Dust On Mother's Bible (CD, Japan) Buck Owens & The Buckaroos: Dust On Mother's Bible (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6660

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue!
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Before You Go - No One But You (CD, Japan) Buck Owens: Before You Go - No One But You (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6659

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue of the original Capitol album!
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I Don't Care (CD, Japan) Buck Owens: I Don't Care (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6657

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(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue!
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I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (CD, Japan) Buck Owens: I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (CD, Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6658

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​(1991/EMI Toshiba) 12 Tracks - Rare Japan reissue!
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Hot Dog Buck Owens: Hot Dog Art-Nr.: LPC191132

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(1988 / Capitol) 10 tracks. I guess I've always been a honky tonk singer...at least that's what folks always called me. I love those great songs that tell stories of everyday people. Loving and losing, happy and sad, honest and...
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You For Me (CD) Buck Owens: You For Me (CD) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP6653

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​Japan Edition!
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When Buck Came Back Live San Francisco 1989 (2-CD) Buck Owens: When Buck Came Back Live San Francisco 1989 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRB3303

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(2015/Rockbeat) 34 tracks - digisleeve.
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Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics Buck Owens: Honky Tonk Man: Buck Sings Country Classics Art-Nr.: CDOM101305

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(2013/OMNIVORE) 18 tracks (40:56) previously unreleased recordings for 'Hee Haw' from Buck's Bakersfield studio 1972-75.
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'Live' At The White House (1972)...plus Buck Owens: 'Live' At The White House (1972)...plus Art-Nr.: CDOM101104

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(2012/OMNIVORE) 22 tracks w.12 page booklet. The original Capitol album plus 9 bonus tracks recorded for Apollo 16 (unreleased on earth) Buck und die Jungs in Höchstform - genial!
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Tall Dark Stranger  (8-CD) Buck Owens: Tall Dark Stranger (8-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16898

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8-CD Boxed Set (LP-Size) with 108-page hardcover book, 214 tracks. Playing time approx. 521 mns. THE WAY IT WAS IN '69... This 8-CD set chronicles every existing recording from Buck Owens ' last years with Capitol Records. Every week he...
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Merry Christmas From Buck And Susan ('71)plus Buck Owens & Susan Raye: Merry Christmas From Buck And Susan ('71)plus Art-Nr.: CDRB3037

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(2011/ROCK BEAT) 11 tracks
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Songs Of Inspiration Buck Owens & The Buckaroos: Songs Of Inspiration Art-Nr.: CDVAR67077

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(2011/VARESE) 14 tracks Capitol 1966-70.
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The Very Best Of Buck Owens & Susan Raye: The Very Best Of Art-Nr.: CDVAR67078

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(2011/VARESE) 14 tracks Capitol 1970-73.
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Open Up Your Heart  (7-CD) Buck Owens: Open Up Your Heart (7-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16855

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7-CD box set with 120-page book, 249 tracks, playing time: 433:20 minutes. The Bear Family treatment carries on: This second set includes Buck Owens ' COMPLETE studio recordings 1965-1968. Singles, LPs, unreleased songs! It also includes...
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'Live' In Scandinavia Buck Owens: 'Live' In Scandinavia Art-Nr.: CDSC11166

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(2008/SUNDAZED) 17 tracks; Buck Owens legendary live albums from Carnegie Hall, Japan and London were landmark efforts that captured Buck and the Buckaroos at their peak, but he also recorded other live albums overseas. The most obscure...
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Hot Dog! (CD) Buck Owens: Hot Dog! (CD) Art-Nr.: CDC291132

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Now rare album, that kickstarted the interest in Bakersfield Sound and Buck's timeless older recordings. few copies left !
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Bridge Over Troubled Water Buck Owens: Bridge Over Troubled Water Art-Nr.: CDSC6214

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(2004/SUNDAZED) 10 tracks 1971 Capitol Stereo Perennial trailblazers whose electrifying Bakersfield sound topped the country charts for most of the '60s, Buck Owens and the Buckaroos plowed even newer ground with the 1971 album Bridge...
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Carnegie Hall Concert Buck Owens: Carnegie Hall Concert Art-Nr.: CDSC11090

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CD on SUNDAZED RECORDS by Buck Owens - Carnegie Hall Concert Recorded at the venerable New York City concert hall, Buck Owens & His Buckaroos' Carnegie Hall Concert finds Owens and the Buckaroos tearing through chart-topping hits like...
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Christmas Shopping (CD) Buck Owens: Christmas Shopping (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSC6163

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CD on SUNDAZED RECORDS by Buck Owens - Christmas Shopping Having trouble finding that ideal Christmas gift' How about twelve new songs of the season, written and arranged and sung and played by Buck Owens and his Buckaroos! Yes, your...
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Christmas With Buck Owens And His Buckaroos Buck Owens: Christmas With Buck Owens And His Buckaroos Art-Nr.: CDSC6162

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CD on SUNDAZED RECORDS by - Christmas With Buck Owens And His Buckaroos With Buck Owens riding a tide of hit singles and top-selling albums, the time was right in 1965 to record his first Christmas album. Not content to re-do the same...
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Sings Harlan Howard Buck Owens: Sings Harlan Howard Art-Nr.: CDSC6101

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Buck Owens' friendship with Harlan Howard began in California, bearing fruit in many fine co-written songs. The collaboration continued as Buck rose to be a top recording artist and the relocated Howard became one of Nashville's top...
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Sings Tommy Collins Buck Owens: Sings Tommy Collins Art-Nr.: CDSC6102

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Back when Buck Owens was a struggling guitar player, bouncing around the bars of Bakersfield, Tommy Collins heard him and hired him for his band. When Capitol Records producer Ken Nelson heard Buck's skills during a Collins recording...
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I've Got A Tiger By The Tail Buck Owens: I've Got A Tiger By The Tail Art-Nr.: CDSC6047

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Driving down the dusty roads of West Texas in songwriter Harlan Howard's Cadillac, Buck and Harlan wrote the title track of I've Got a Tiger by the Tail after being inspired by a sign at an ESSO gas station. Another monster hit for Buck...
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I Don't Care Buck Owens: I Don't Care Art-Nr.: CDSC6046

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There was no stopping Buck Owens in 1964! I Don't Care, released in November of that year, contained another #1 smash country hit in the title track. The album also initiated the tradition of showcasing the individual talents of the...
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On The Bandstand Buck Owens: On The Bandstand Art-Nr.: CDSC6044

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Based around numbers he was performing in his live shows, 1963's On the Bandstand features a mix of self-penned songs and then-current country favorites. Besides Buck, the spotlight shines on individual band members throughout the album....
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Instrumental Hits Buck Owens: Instrumental Hits Art-Nr.: CDSC6049

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During his peak recording years, many of Buck's LP's featured one or more instrumentals, spotlighting the Buckaroos' superior solo skills. The core band of guitarist/fiddler Don Rich, steel guitarist Tom Brumley, bassist Doyle Holly,...
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Buck Owens Buck Owens: Buck Owens Art-Nr.: CDSC6042

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Long before the silver sparkle Telecasters and Hee-Haw, Buck Owens was trodding the boards of Bakersfield bar stages, paying his dues and winning fans one twang at a time. Released on January 30, 1961, Buck Owens' self-titled debut LP...
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You're For Me Buck Owens: You're For Me Art-Nr.: CDSC6043

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His third full-length LP for Capitol, 1962's You're For Me found Buck evolving rapidly as an artist. The title cut, which hit #10 on the country singles chart, was a song he had originally written for Tommy Collins in 1954. Beyond the...
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