Monday, March 27, 2006

Happy Trails, Buckaroo

Country music legend Buck Owens passed away at his home in Bakersfield, California Saturday at the age of 76.

Owens changed the sound of country music and had over twenty number one records, starting with his first `Act Naturally' in 1963, which was covered by a certain mop-topped quartet from Liverpool.

After a mess o' hits, including "Together Again," "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "Love's Gonna Live Here," Owens got out of music for ten years before hitting the charts again with another Number One song in 1988, "Streets of Bakersfield," with Dwight Yoakam.

The cause of death was not immediately known, but Owens' health had been poor after undergoing throat surgery in 1993, and suffering from pneumonia which resulted in hospitalization in 1997.

Happy trails, Buckroo. RIP

1 comment:

Joe Gringo said...

Buck was the real deal. He bought a local radio station here in Phoenix 102.5 KNIX which has been the #1 Country radio station in the country many, many times and not once did he insist the station to play his music. I remember watching him on Hee Haw EVERY Saturday evening....funny guy and great show...... he could get it rockin'!

Along with The Hag, thanks for inspiring some of my fav's Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam and Dierks Bentley.