Buck Owens Dead at 76


No one can say it wasn't a good ride (both for him and for us), but we here at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . feel that the passing of Buck Owens, the Telecaster brandishing madman who was also one of the seminal voices in Country, is still sufficient cause for regret. Those among you (and I'm certain there are still a few) who only know of him as the co-host of a deranged Country music minstrel show called Hee-Haw have a lot of homework to do.

In the meantime, here is the account of his life and work rendered by the Associated Press.

9 comments:

Vanwall said...

Having grown up in the Stinkin' Desert in Feenix with a lot country music force-fed to us from a young age, I can't say I ever took to CM or Buck much, but he was defiantly "differnt". There were a few country jocks that had a few snide things to say whenever they threw in an Owens tune, but he wasn't on the outside like say, Willie Nelson, or Waylon Jennings, who got zero, zip, nada airplay, unless Krazy Dog Krazy Boy played 'em.

tsl said...

I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine
I Don't Care If The Bells Don't Chime
Just As Long As You Love Me
I Don't Care If The Tops Don't Spin
I Don't Care If The Gins Don't Gin
Just As Long As You Love Me

So Darlin', Let it Rain , Let it Snow
Let The Cold North Wind Blow
Just As Long As You Love Me
North Or South, East or West
You Know I Will Stand The Test
Just As Long As You Love Me

-Buck Owens

tsl said...

Buck influenced everybody. Gram Parsons, Burrito Bros Beatles, Byrds , Eagles (like it or not)etc. The list goes on forever and the party never ends. Plus the Buckaroos.....Don Rich, Willie Cantu, Doyle Holly and Tom Brumley
What A Band. The world is a better place because of Buck Owens And The Buckaroos.

Tom Sutpen said...

tsl wrote:

The world is a better place because of Buck Owens And The Buckaroos.

*****
Beautifully put.

Tom Sutpen said...

Rob wrote:

Having grown up in the Stinkin' Desert in Feenix with a lot country music force-fed to us from a young age, I can't say I ever took to CM or Buck much, but he was defiantly "differnt". There were a few country jocks that had a few snide things to say whenever they threw in an Owens tune

*****
My guess is that these disc jockeys were purists who thought it sacreligious that Owens recorded his stuff at the Capitol tower in Hollywood; or else they were Nashville Sound acolytes.

, but he wasn't on the outside like say, Willie Nelson, or Waylon Jennings, who got zero, zip, nada airplay, unless Krazy Dog Krazy Boy played 'em.

*****
Owens could never have been in the Outlaw camp (too flamboyant, too popular with mainstream country audiences), but you could say he built one of his very own.

tsl said...

Buck was an outlaw of his own design.For quite awhile he ruled the country charts and did it all outside Nashville....From Carnegie Hall to Japan.Just listen to the records he made...jeeez!! Buck was already a legend before he started cashing those Hee Haw checks.Although I will confess to being a Junior Samples and an Archie campbell fan.

Vanwall said...

The best thing about Buck was the fact that he wrenched the center of the CM universe away from Nashville for a time, which made a lot of others a lot more thoughtful along those lines. I can't argue that, for a fact, but I'm not a big CM listener, anyhoo.

BCNU

swac said...

Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)

Ivan G. said...

Oh, the sun's gonna shine in my life once more
Love's gonna live here again
Things are gonna be the way they were before
Love's gonna live here again

Love's gonna live here
Love's gonna live here
Love's gonna live here again
No more loneliness
Only happiness
Love's gonna live here again

I hear bells a-ringin', I hear birds a-singin'
Love's gonna live here again
I hear bees a-hummin', and I know that day's a-comin'
Love's gonna live here again

Love's gonna live here
Love's gonna live here
Love's gonna live here again
No more loneliness
Only happiness
Love's gonna live here again

Love's gonna live here again


Talk about your daily affirmations! I'll miss ya, Buck.