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    Country-music great Buck Owens dies By Robert Selna

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Country-music innovator Buck Owens, who sold more than 16 million albums and popularized country entertainment on television as host of "Hee Haw," died on Saturday at age 76.

    Owens died of heart failure at his home near Bakersfield, a California city he helped put on the country-music map, his keyboard player Jim Shaw said. Owens performed the night before at his club, "Buck Owens' Crystal Palace" for about 90 minutes, Shaw said.

    "He was one of the true innovators; he did it his own way, an outside gunslinger type who used his own band and made music in Hollywood rather than Nashville. That free spirit made him important to a lot of people," Shaw said.

    Owens and his Buckaroos performed hits including "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" and "Act Naturally," which was covered by the Beatles.

    Several generations of musicians -- from Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Grateful Dead in the 1960s to Dwight Yoakam in the 1980s -- were influenced by Owens' gritty "Bakersfield sound," with prominent guitars and drums.

    Owens was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

    Alvis Edgar Owens Jr. was born outside Sherman, Texas, the son of sharecroppers, and the family moved to Arizona when he was young. Owens moved to Bakersfield in 1951 looking for work in the oil-and-farm town's popular country-music halls. He went on to become one of country's greatest successes, with 15 consecutive No. 1 hits in the mid-1960s.

    In 1969, Owens was asked to host "Hee Haw," a country-themed music-and-comedy variety show that stayed on the air until 1986.

    Despite his broad popularity, Owens vowed to stay true to country music. Accused once of abandoning country to record a "rockabilly" song, he said: "I didn't say I wasn't gonna do rockabilly. I just said I ain't gonna sing no song that ain't a country song. I won't be known as anything but a country singer."
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    Re: Buck Owens dies at age 76

    i can't believe he was only 76...seems like he was that old back when i watched hee haw...did i just admit on a public forum to watching hee haw

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    R.I.P. to an innovator in country music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red in Chicago
    i can't believe he was only 76...seems like he was that old back when i watched hee haw...did i just admit on a public forum to watching hee haw
    I thought he was at least my Mom's age (81) - but I agree, he seemed much older...
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    Re: Buck Owens dies at age 76

    On a fairly unrelated note, Bakersfield, CA, has to be one of the most depressing cities in America.

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    Re: Buck Owens dies at age 76

    Tiger got his tail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
    On a fairly unrelated note, Bakersfield, CA, has to be one of the most depressing cities in America.
    Baker is worse, I spent 3 lifetimes there in the span of 3 days once.

    For fun in Baker you stare into the sun until yuu go blind or die.

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    Too bad.

    Buck was an original.

    oddly enough, the country band The Buckles is playing tonight in portland
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    In high school I had a '78 Ford pickup that came equipped with one of those new fangled 8-track players. The only 8-tracks I could find by that time around the house was a bleeding Black Sabbath, ZZ Top's Fandango, and a Buck Owen's greatest hits. It was a perfect mix. We drank alot of cheap beer while jamming to the Buck-a-roos. So long old friend.
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    Is it just me, or does anybody else think that "The Very Best of Buck Owens Vol.2" is better than "The Very Best of Buck Owens Vol.1"? Not that Vol. 1 isn't a great record, but i like Vol 2 better. I've always wondered about this.

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    RIP to Buck, one of my favorites. A real innovator of country music, gotta love that music of the Buckaroos. Dwight Yoakam can carry on the Bakersfield sound.

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    I come from the country. I called my mom and she said, "he even had a show last night." So I'll drink a beer to ya' Buck and may you rest in peace, but my heart belongs to Merle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PTBNL
    I come from the country. I called my mom and she said, "he even had a show last night." So I'll drink a beer to ya' Buck and may you rest in peace, but my heart belongs to Merle.
    Ain't nothing wrong with Haggard! Another of the California country guys that are awesome.

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    May Buck Owens R.I.P. He was a great innovator in country music. I hate to admit it also. But, I remember him from the old Hee Haw Show. Buck, you will never be forgotten!
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