Alvis Edgar "Buck" Owens (1929-2006) was a Country Music
singer. He was a pioneer of the "Bakersfield sound", an electric guitar-driven Three Chords and the Truth
style, often relying on his band, the Buckaroos. The "Bakersfield sound" was later seen in artists like Merle Haggard
(who later married Owens' ex-wife, Bonnie Campbell) and Dwight Yoakam
. Frequent collaborators included Susan Raye, Rose Maddox, and son Buddy Alan.
Owens was also the host of the long-running country music comedy show Hee Haw
Tropes present in Buck's work:
- Christmas Songs: He released two full-length Christmas albums, in 1965 and 1968. "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy", from the former, is one of the most recognizable and most covered in the genre.
- Genre Adultery: His music was mainly country, but every now and then he'd throw a curveball such as the fuzztone in "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass".
- Notable Music Videos: "Tall Dark Stranger" and "Big In Vegas," both 1969, were among the first in the genre.
- Rerelease the Song: In 1989, he re-recorded "Act Naturally" as a duet with Ringo Starr, followed immediately by a re-recording of hs 1965 hit "Gonna Have Love".
- Self-Deprecation: "You Aint Gonna Have Ol' Buck to Kick Around No More" in 1973.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: "Sweet Rosie Jones" and its sequel "Tall Dark Stranger".
- Vocal Evolution: His delivery became very slurred after he had throat cancer removed in 1993.