Alvis Edgar Owens Jnr., 12 August 1929, Sherman, Texas, USA, d. 25 March 2006, USA, Bakersfield, California, USA. Buck Owens became one of the leading country music stars of the 60s and 70s, along with Merle Haggard, the leading exponent of the west coast sound. Owens gave himself the nickname Buck at the age of three, after a favourite horse. When he was 10, his family moved to Mesa, Arizona, where Owens picked cotton, and at 13 years of age he began playing the mandolin. He soon learned guitar, horns and drums. Owens performed music professionally by the age of 16, starring, along with partner Ray Britten, in his own radio programme. He also worked with the group Macs Skillet Lickers, and at 17 married their singer, Bonnie Campbell, who later launched her own career as Bonnie Owens. The couple bore a son, who also had a country music career as Buddy Alan.
In 1951 Owens and his family moved to Bakersfield, California, at...
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