Buck Owens død, 76 år gammel
Rootsy.nu´s on-the-road medarbeider befinner seg i øyeblikket helt sør i Texas, på grensen mellom USA og Mexico. Her kommer nyheten på radio om at en av statens Texas´ største musikalske sønner har gått bort.
Buck Owens var, i tillegg til sine store, kommersielle fremganger i USA, en gigant i det norske platemarkedet på 60-tallet, da han regelmessig solgte mer plater enn The Beatles. Det finnes til og med platecover med Buck avbildet i Holmenkollen utenfor Oslo. I 1998 solgte en samleCD spesiallaget for det norske markedet over 5o tusen.
Det samme året skulle Buck ha besøkt både Norge og Sverige, et besøk som ble avlyst da Bucks manager døde.
De siste årene har Buck vært mest kjent for sin hitsingel med Dwight Yoakam, »Streets of Bakersfield«.
John Fogerty er bare en av svært mange rockartister som eklærte sin beundring for Buck. På CCR-hiten »Looking out my backdoor« synger Fogerty »..listening to Buck Owens...«
Beatles Ringo Starr er en annen uttalt fan, som gjorde en coverversjon av Bucks »Act Naturally«.
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KUZZ Radio owner and Country Music Hall of Fame musician Alvis E. »Buck« Owens died early Saturday morning at his Bakersfield, CA home. His family says Buck died in his sleep and the cause of death is not yet known. Buck
was born on August 12, 1929 in Sherman, Texas. The son of a sharecropper, Buck traveled with his family to the Phoenix, Arizona area in 1937 as they searched for a better life. Eventually, they traveled to California's San Joaquin Valley, doing farm work. At a young age Buck vowed that when he grew up, he would not be poor. He found a way out of his family's poverty through
his musical talent.
That talent blossomed after Buck moved to Bakersfield in 1951. Within months he was a member of the hottest honky-tonk band in town, Bill Woods & The Orange Blossom Playboys, who held forth at the legendary Blackboard night club. He began playing a Fender Telecaster guitar, which provided a unique new sound in country music. Soon he was playing for recording sessions at
Capitol Records. His first session as a leader came in 1957, but the session produced no hits
Shortly thereafter, Buck began his other career, as a broadcaster. He moved to the Tacoma, Washington suburb of Puyallup and bought part-interest in a radio station, where he worked as a DJ and ad salesman as well as playing gigs in the area. He also had a live TV show in Tacoma.
Buck's first Top 10 record, »Under Your Spell Again,« was released in 1959. In 1960, he sold his interests in Washington state and returned to Bakersfield, which was his home until he died. From 1962 to 1968 Buck released a series of #1 records that established him as one of the greatest country entertainers of all time.
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