Buck Owens the Legend
Buck Owens and the Buckaroos were long before George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, and before Tim McGraw or Kenny Chesney. Buck Owens was a superstar four decades earlier, and just like his friends and contemporaries of that era that included George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard, the classic music of Buck Owens endures time. His recordings are still being remastered and released today and sound as fresh as they did when they were recorded in Hollywood at the legendary Capitol tower recording studios, or at his own recording studio on North Chester Avenue in the Oildale area of Bakersfield, Ca.
The World Famous Buck Owens
In the 1960′s Buck Owens and the Buckaroos were the talk of the music world, they were once considered the Beatles of country music, they were enormously popular and sold millions of records, they traveled the world to sell-out crowds and played venues that were unheard of for country acts to play or let alone sell-out. They recorded several live albums that included shows at; Carnegie Hall in New York City, The London Palladium, The Sydney Opera House in Australia, Live in Tokyo, Japan, and probably the most unique was the White House in Washington, D.C. , that concert was September 9, 1968, and Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the United States of America. President Johnson decided not to run for office again and announced it the next day at a press conference, Buck Owens was told by the president privately after the concert of his decision.
The Legendary Buckaroos
The Buckaroos lineup changed over the years, but the most celebrated of bands was the group that was with Buck Owens from 1963 to 1969. Don Rich was with Buck from the late 1950′s and was like a brother and soulmate to him, he played lead Fender guitar and sang high harmony in concerts with Buck. Dolly Holly was the outstanding bass guitarist and also a great comedian, Willie Cantu was the brilliant drummer and pretty boy of the group, Buck always teased him when he introduced the band during a live show! The final member of that stellar lineup was the late and legendary pedal steel virtuoso Tom Brumley. On the smash hit “Together Again” Tom’s steel chorus has been called the greatest steel guitar chorus ever played, that was from the mouth of Buck Owens himself. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in this time period have been called the greatest 5 piece band in country music history, some say the greatest of any genre. If you have never heard the music they made, then pick up hits of the 1960′s and you will experience a piece of America music history, this music was raw and was so cool that they were revered by musicians of all types of music.