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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Buck Owens

It has been a couple months since his passing, but I wanted to blog a bit about Buck Owens. Being in my mid-30s, some of my first memories of country music were sitting with the family on Saturday evenings and watching the hijinx of Buck, Roy and the "whole Hee-Haw gang".

Only later as I started to really get into the music, did I really understand that Buck Owens was more than the sort of goofy guy he portrayed on television. He was a honest to God country music pioneer!

From his awesome harmony vocals to his significant business interests there was a whole lot more to "'ol Buck" than met the eye...and despite a highly successful career I don't think he ever got the full credit he deserved...mainly because Hee Haw overshadowed everything else. Here's hoping that Buck is somewhere up there harmonizing again with Don Rich. As they used to say in Kornfield Kounty...salute!

Here are some sites about Buck:

BuckOwens.com
Wikipedia's Buck Owens Page
Salon.com 1999 article on Buck

1 Comments:

  • At 7:10 AM , Blogger Rich Griffin said...

    I, perhaps also like many others, only knew Buck Owens from his appearance on the TV show, "Hee-Haw". The pity is that few knew his musical influence and range.

    Having said that, I need to confess to not being a country music fan per se. A good friend of mine tries to expose me to the occasional country piece. He, in general, knows what I'd like and I've always been a bit surprised and pleased by the quality and depth of the music.

    And that brings me back to Buck Owens and "Hee-Haw". As the vehicle for exposing country music and its stars to the American household, "Hee-Haw" only showed us the corny, stereotypical hick and the occasional musical interludes. I wonder what the country music landscape would be like today if "Hee-Haw" showcased the music in a style similar to "Austin City Limits" or some other serious showcase?

     

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