I guess one of the things I must accept about getting older is loss. Today I see Buck Owens has passed away. I never bought any of his recordings but I did watch Hee Haw. Buck was an outlaw of sorts in country music.
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. (LINK)
Buck sold over 16 million albums and he will be missed. The past few years have been hard on country legends. Gone are Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and June Carter, and Charlie Waller.