MY 33 FAVORITE RECORDING ARTISTS #29— BUCK OWENS AND THE BUCKAROOS

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In the countdown of My 33 Favorite Recording Artists- up to #29- Buck Owens and The Buckaroos . Buck Owens was #1 on my list when I was ten. The first song I can recall loving was when I was five- Buck Owens- I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail- I thought the song was about a tiger. I couldn’t get enough of the song or Buck Owens albums my father owned. My father wasn’t into rock and roll- he was into classic country and in the mid 60’s that was Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, George Jones, old Hank Williams- the great classic stuff. Those were my early life favorites.

The first three concerts I ever attended were Buck Owens at The Jamboree In Wheeling, West Virginia in the late 60’s. I clearly remember standing out on the sidewalk with my grandparents, parents and aunt and uncle freezing to death waiting to get inside- it was well worth it. I was such a Buck Owens fan that my grandfather never called me by my name he always called me Buck.

Buck Owens was the pioneer of The Bakersfield Sounds- also described as the ‘freight train sound.” County music in Nashville in the 60s were adding strings and orchestra and going for slick production- Owens and his “Bakersfield Sound” was a reaction against that. Merle Haggard was also from that school. Owens and Haggard were the most successful artists from Bakersfield-[and both were married for a time- not the same time of course to the same woman.} Artists they influenced-were also successful- Dwight Yoacam, Tommy Collins, Wynn Stewart among others.

 

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A key to Buck’s sound was his right hand man- Don Rich one of The Buckaroos. Rich was his guitarist and vocalists- Buck and Don singing together had a great sound. The 1960’s were Buck’s decade- he at one point had from 1963- 1967 14 straight singles go to #1 on the country singles chart. In the 1960’s he had 19 overall #1’s. In the first few years of the 70’s the #1’s weren’t coming as quickly but everything was going in the Top 10. At this point he was along with the late Roy Clark who passed yesterday- host of Hee-Haw. As a Buck fan I always thought doing that show was a mistake. So many people now identify both Buck and Roy for Hee- Haw first and not the careers they had.

The day the music died for Buck Owens- and he later admitted the joy of doing music left him on  July 17, 1974 when his right hand man Don Rich was killed in a motorcycle accident. It wasn’t until over a decade later when a new artist who adopted The Bakersfield Sound and was clearly inspired by Buck- rejuvenated Buck’s career- Dwight Yoacam. The duet they did together- The Streets Of Bakersfield- an old Buck song from the 1960s- would become the first #1 Buck had in 16 years.

As far as Buck Owens and The Buckaroo albums to recommend -if the album was made in the 1960s to early 1970’s I would recommend it to you. But if you have no Buck and before digging any deeper want the best of Buck- you cannot go wrong with the 3 disc- The Buck Owens Collection 1959-90 which came out in the early 90’s. I hadn’t really listened to Buck in years and one day I am in a record store and this box was staring me in the face. There was no ‘do I get this’ decision- it was a ‘must have.’ Since then most of his individual albums have been re-released and I’ve gotten them- but for the casual fan- the box set is full of riches. 62 songs in total. 5 stars raves Hans Postcard.

 

BUCK OWENS COLLECTION ~ 1959-1990 ~ 3 CD BOX SET ~ BOOKLET       LIKE NEW

Individual songs from Buck almost too many to mention

  • I’VE GOT A TIGER BY THE TAIL-  the first song by anyone that I loved- it was also Buck’s only Top 40 pop hit peaking at #25. This is The Bakersfield Sound!
  • ACT NATURALLY- first a hit for Buck then those boys from Liverpool covered it.
  • LOVE’S GONNA LIVE HERE
  • MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT
  • THE STREETS OF BAKERSFIELD
  • I DON’T CARE JUST AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME
  • BUCKAROO  an instrumental which went to #1
  • WAITIN’ IN YOUR WELFARE LINE
  • THINK OF ME
  • SAM’S PLACE
  • JOHNNY B. GOODE
  • I WOULDN’T LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY
  • UNDER YOUR SPELL AGAIN
  • ABOVE AND BEYOND
  • WHERE DOES THE GOOD TIMES GO
  • ONLY YOU CAN BREAK MY HEART
  • CRYIN’ TIME

 

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3 responses to “MY 33 FAVORITE RECORDING ARTISTS #29— BUCK OWENS AND THE BUCKAROOS

  1. I agree with the Hee Haw statement. It may have made them riches… but it typecast them forever in that show and that is the only thing some people remember them for. Not many instrumentals can hold my attention but Buckaroo is great.

  2. I have to admit I’m one of those people who really first knew Buck Owens from Her Haw 😐. Though I did become more aware of him listening to Merle Haggard after his death. Will definitely check out some of your recs.

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