In honor of the late Buck Owens, here’s a video of him performing in his prime.
Nine years ago today (March 25), country music lost one of it’s most influential musicians, Buck Owens. In the early 60’s, Owens and his band the Buckaroos pioneered the Bakersfield Sound, a distinct style of country that was totally different than the glitz coming out of Nashville at the time. The Bakersfield Sound’s honky-tonk sound has inspired countless artists, including Merle Haggard, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Dwight Yoakam, to name a few.
Owens charted several No. 1 hits throughout his career. His songs were so popular that even the Beatles recorded his hit, “Act Naturally,” on their 1965 album Help!. Ringo Starr, who sang the lead on the Beatles track, recorded a duet of the song with Owens decades later. It’s been called one of the biggest hits of all time.
However, his 1963 song “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” was Owens’ biggest hit that he penned himself. The tune spent 16 weeks at the top of the charts – a record wasn’t beat until 49 years later. In honor the legendary singer, you can watch a video above of Owens and the Buckaroos performing the song in their prime. Enjoy!