Buck Owens

Born Aug 12, 1929

Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., better known as Buck Owens, was an American singer and guitarist who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band, the Buckaroos. They pioneered what came to be called the Bakersfield sound—a reference to Bakersfield, California, the city Owens called home and from which he drew inspiration for what he preferred to call American music.… Read More

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1929 Birth Born on August 12, 1929.
1937 7 Years Old His family moved to Mesa, Arizona, in 1937 during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.


1945 15 Years Old Owens co-hosted a radio show called Buck and Britt in 1945. … Read More
1948 18 Years Old Owens was married four times, three ending in divorce and one in annulment. He and his first wife, country singer Bonnie Campbell Owens, were married in 1948 and had two sons. They separated in 1951 and later divorced.


1951 21 Years Old He was impressed by Bakersfield, where he and his wife settled in 1951. … Read More
1956 26 Years Old He later married Phyllis Buford in 1956, with whom he had a third son.
1958 28 Years Old In 1958, Owens met Don Rich in Steve's Gay 90's restaurant in South Tacoma, Washington. … Read More
1959 29 Years Old Owens' career took off in 1959, when his song "Second Fiddle" hit No. 24 on the Billboard country chart. … Read More


…  On April 2, 1960 he performed the song on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee. … Read More
1961 - 1966 3 More Events
1967 37 Years Old In 1967, Owens and the Buckaroos toured Japan, a then-rare occurrence for a country musician. … Read More
1968 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968 Owens and the Buckaroos performed for President Lyndon Baines Johnson at the White House, which was later released as a live album. … Read More


1970 40 Years Old His departure was a setback to the band, as Doyle had received the Bass Player of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music the year before in 1970 and served as co-lead vocalist (along with Don Rich) of the Buckaroos. … Read More
1972 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1972, Owens and the Buckaroos finally had another No. 1 hit, "Made in Japan", after three years of not having a number one song. … Read More
1974 44 Years Old On July 17, 1974, Owens' best friend and Buckaroos guitarist Don Rich was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guard rail on Highway 1 in Morro Bay, where he was to have joined his family for vacation. … Read More
1977 47 Years Old His third marriage, in 1977, was to fiddle player Jana Jae Greif, who was a member of the Buckaroos. … Read More
1979 49 Years Old His fourth marriage, in 1979, was to Jennifer Smith. … Read More


1986 56 Years Old …  He left Hee Haw in 1986.
1988 58 Years Old Dwight Yoakam was largely influenced by Owens' style of music and eventually teamed up with him for a duet of "Streets of Bakersfield" in 1988. … Read More


1990 60 Years Old His albums had been out of print for nearly 15 years, when he released a retrospective box set in 1990. … Read More
1995 65 Years Old The bulk of his Capitol catalog was reissued on CD in 1995, 1997 and in 2005. … Read More
1996 66 Years Old Owens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
1999 69 Years Old In August 1999, Owens brought back together the remaining members of his original Buckaroo Band to help him celebrate his 70th birthday at Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield. … Read More
2003 73 Years Old 1 More Event
He was ranked No. 12 in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003. … Read More
2004 74 Years Old 1 More Event
Initially, only two were made; one for Paisley himself and the other presented to Owens during a New Year's celebration that Paisley attended in 2004. … Read More
2006 76 Years Old 1 More Event
Buck Owens died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March 25, 2006, only hours after performing at his Crystal Palace restaurant, club and museum in Bakersfield.
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