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DateEvent
1929-08-12 Born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr.
1932 or 1933-0-0 Renames himself "Buck" after the family mule
1937-11-0 Moves to Mesa, Arizona (suburb of Phoenix)
1942-08-00 Quits school after eighth grade
Begins working as Western Union messenger boy, washed and polished cars, and loaded and unloaded fruit
1942-12-25 Receives mandolin as Christmas gift from parents
1943-00-00 - 1945-00-00 Receives first guitar (Regal) from father
Teaches himself to play guitar
1945-00-00 Teams with 19-year-old guitarist Theryl Ray Britten
"Buck and Britt" radio show KTYL in Mesa, Arizona
Plays local honky-tonks with Britt
1945-00-00 - 1950-00-00 Plays Phoenix-area honky-tonks with trumpeter named Kelly
Begins playing electric steel guitar
Meets Mac MacAtee and joined Mac's Skillet Lickers playing electric steel guitar
Meets Bonnie Campbell (a singer for Mac's Skillet Lickers)
Plays music and drove trucks to make a living
Meets Marty Robinson (a.k.a. Robins) who occasionally sat in with Buck. Marty played electric steel guitar while Buck sang Hank Williams
1948-01-13 Marries Bonnie Campbell
1948-05-22 Alan Edgar Owens ("Buddy") born
1950-00-00 (During the decade) Records Country Girl (Leavin' Dirty Tracks)/? for Chesterfield label
1950-03-08 Michael Lynn Owens born
1951-05-00 Moves to Bakersfield, California
Buck's parents moved there later in 1951
Joins Dusty Rhodes' band
1951-09-0 Joins Bill Woods & The Orange Blossom Playboys, house band at the Blackboard in Bakersfield
1951-09-00 - 1958-5-0 Plays with the Orange Blossom Playboys at the Blackboard
Demands of new music leads to change of guitar: changes from electrified Gibson L-7 archtop to Fender Telecaster
paid $35.00 for first Tele - previously owned by Lewis Talley
1953-00-00 Buck and Bonnie divorce, remaining friends and sharing custody of Buddy and Michael
Performances with Bill Woods at the Blackboard inspire Town Hall Party guitarist Joe Maphis to write Dim Light, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)
1953-09-08 Records lead guitar for Tommy Collins' You Better Not Do That at Capitol's Melrose Avenue Studios (song peaks at #2 nationwide)
1954-00-00 Plays lead guitar for Tommy Collins at the Grand Ole Opry
works temporarily as Tommy Collins' guitarist, but later returns to the Blackboard and Bill Woods' band
Records lead guitar and vocal harmonies for Terry Fell's Truck Driving Man for RCA's "X" label at Lu-Tal Recording Studios on Bakersfield (owned by Lewis Tally). Fell tries unsuccessfully to get "X" interested in Buck, but does get Pico Rivera and Claude Caviness at the Pep label interested
1954-00-00 - 1958-00-00 Works as studio musician and gofer for Ken Nelson at Capitol in addition to his Blackboard gigs. Records for Stan Freberg, Del Reeves, Gene Vincent, Tommy Sands, Wanda Jackson, Sonny James, Faron Young and others
1956-00-00 Buck marries Phyllis Buford
1956-00-00 Buck's first release Down on the Corner of Love/It Don't Show on Me recorded in Los Angeles on PEP label.
Four more records recorded for Pep at Lu-Tal in Bakersfield (all were released as singles):
  1. The House Down The Block/Right After The Dance,
  2. Hot Dog/Rythm and Booze (released under the pseudonym Corky Jones)
  3. I'd Rather Have You/My Old Fashioned Heart (with Pauline Parker)
  4. Sweethearts in Heaven/There Goes My Love

Meets Harlan Howard
begins writing songs with Harlan. Together, they found Blue Book Music to publish their songs
Terry Fell and Claude Caviness begin trying to convince Ken Nelson at Capitol Records to sign Buck. Ken Nelson believes Buck lacks vocal style
1956-05-09 Johnny Dale Owens born
1957-00-00 Town Hall Party performers Johnny Bond and Joe Maphis, both Columbia recording artists, send demo of Buck to Don Law (legendary A&R man). Law wires Bond and Maphis to "hold Buck for me" until Law could travel to California to sign Buck
Buck visited by the Farmer Boys, Bobby Adamson and Woody Wayne Murray, who request songs for their February 21, 1957 recording session. Buck gives them four songs. Buck later discovers that Ken Nelson had also given them four songs. The Farmer Boys choose Buck's songs
1957-02-21 Buck plays on the Farmer Boys' session. After hearing Buck's songs, Ken Nelson compliments Buck on the song quality and mentions possibility of Capitol recording contract. Buck tells Ken of the pending Columbia recording contract. Ken produces Capitol recording contract and Buck signs
1957-08-30 First Capitol recording session. Buck records two singles. Both fizzle
1957-10-21 Come Back/I Know What It Means released
1958-01-00 Moves to Puyallup, Washington (Tacoma suburb). Takes over 1/3 interest in 250-watt KAYE (1450 on the dial) radio station. Begins working as disc jockey, selling ads for the station and performing in the area
1958-04-07 Sweet Thing/I Only Know that I Love You released
1958-10-09 Records four ballads at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, including Second Fiddle, produced by Ken Nelson
1958-11-10 I'll Take A Chance On Loving You/Walk The Floor released
1959-00-00 Dusty Rhodes introduces Buck to teenaged fiddle player from Tumwater, Washington, Donald Eugene Ulrich (a.k.a. Don Rich)
Begins hosting his own live television show on KTNT in Tacoma, Washington. Among local talent featured was Loretta Lynn
1959-03-23 Second Fiddle released as single. Peaks at #24 on Billboard
1959-06-16 Records Under Your Spell Again at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1959-07-13 Under Your Spell Again/Tired Of Livin' released as single. Peaks at #4
1959-12-23 Records Above And Beyond, composed by Harlan Howard, at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
Records Excuse Me (I Think I've Got A Heartache), composed by Buck and Harlan Howard, at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1960-00-00 Takes over the old Fresno Barn dance hall, Bob Wills' old stomping grounds, playing there himself and booking other bands
1960-02-01 Above And Beyond/Till These Dreams Come True released as single. Peaks at #3
1960-06-0 Divests his Washington holdings and returns to Bakersfield
1960-08-01 Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)/I've Got A Right To Know released as single. Peaks at #2 on both Billboard and Cashbox
1960-12-0 Don Rich drops out of college and moves to Bakersfield, lives with Buck for awhile, then marries his hometown girlfriend, Marlene, bringing her to Bakersfield
1960-12-03 Records Foolin' Around, composed by Buck and Harlan Howard, at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1961-00-00 Harlan Howard moves to Nashville, giving Buck all rights to Blue Book Music
1961-00-00 - 1962-00-00 Buck and Don travel around the country in an old Ford playing whatever honky tonk they could. The bar's house band would back them
1961-01-02 Foolin' Around/High As The Mountains released as single. Peaks at #2
1961-01-16 Records Loose Talk with Rose Maddox at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
Records Mental Cruelty with Rose Maddox at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1961-01-30 First album, Buck Owens, is released. Contains Second Fiddle, Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache) and Above and Beyond
Wins Billboard's "Most Promising Country and Western Singer of the Year" award for 1960
1961-04-10 Loose Talk released as single. Peaks at #4
Mental Cruelty, the flipside, peaks at #8
1961-05-24 Records Under The Influence Of Love at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
Records Nobody's Fool But Yours at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1961-07-24 Under The Influence of Love/Bad Bad Dream released as single. Peaks at #2. These appeared on Your For Me
1961-08-28 Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard LP released. Produced Buck's first #1 single, Foolin' Around, which spent eight weeks at #2 on Billboard and one week at #1 on Cashbox
1961-09-26 Records You're For Me at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1961-12-05 Records Kickin' Our Hearts Around at Capitol Recording Studios, in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1962-01-01 Nobody's Fool But Yours/Mirror Mirror On The Wall released as single. Peaks at #11
1962-04-18 Records Save The Last Dance For Me at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1962-05-21 Save The Last Dance For Me/King Of Fools released as single. Peaks at #11
1962-08-20 Kickin' Our Hearts Around/I Can't Stop (My Lovin' You) released as single. Peaks at #8
1962-10-01 You're For Me LP released
1962-11-05 You're For Me/House Down The Block released as single. Peaks at #10. This record represented a change in musical style, moving away from the conventional shuffle and introducing the "freight train" sound, a churning, upbeat 2/4 rhythm
1963-00-00 Appears on ABC's Jimmy Dean Show
1963-00-00 Adds a drummer, pedal steel player and bass player to the band
trades the Ford for a Chevrolet camper
Merle Haggard, playing bass for a three week stint, suggests the name "Buckaroos" for the band
Meets Jack McFadden
McFadden becomes Buck's manager, and remained his manager until Buck quit the road in 1980
1963-02-12 Records Act Naturally at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1963-03-11 Act Naturally/Over and Over Again released as single. Peaks at #1. Remained at #1 for four weeks
1963-04-29 On The Bandstand LP released
1963-07-11 Records Love's Gonna Live Here at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1963-08-19 Love's Gonna Live Here/Getting Used To Losing You released as single. Peaks at #1. Remained at #1 for 16 weeks (Billboard) 8 week (Cashbox), becoming Buck's biggest hit ever
1964-00-00 Appears on NBC's Kraft Music Hall
Susan Raye begins working with Buck's shows
1964-01-28 Records My Heart Skips A Beat at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
Records Close Up The Honky Tonks at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1964-02-24 My Heart Skips A Beat released as single. Peaks at #1. Remained at #1 for 7 weeks (Cashbox) until Together Again pushed it to #2
Together Again release as the flipside to My Heart Skips A Beat. Peaks at #1. Was #2 behind My Heart Skips A Beat until moving into the #1 spot
1964-06-01 The Best of Buck Owens LP released
1964-06-10 Records Hello Trouble at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
Records A-11 at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1964-07-08 Records I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me) at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
Records "Buck's Polka" at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1964-07-20 Together Again/My Heart Skips A Beat LP released
1964-08-03 I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)/Don't Let Her Know released as single. Peaks at #1
1964-11-02 I Don't Care LP released
1964-12-01 Records I've Got A Tiger By The Tail at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
Records Cryin' Time at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1964-12-28 I've Got A Tiger By The Tail released as single. Peaks at #1
Cryin' Time released as flipside, but had no chart activity
Records Memphis at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1964-12-29 Records Gonna Have Love at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1965-00-00 Buck and McFadden found OMAC Artists Corporation, a booking agency
Spends 302 days on the road touring
1965-03-01 I've Got A Tiger By The Tail LP released
Music City News carries Buck's Pledge to Country Music
1965-03-25 Records Before You Go at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1965-04-19 Before You Go/(I Want) No One But You released as single. Peaks at #1
1965-05-04 Records Only You (Can Break My Heart) at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1965-05-05 Records Buckaroo at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1965-06-14 Four By Buck EP released
1965-07-05 Only You (Can Break My Heart) released as single. Peaks at #1
Gonna Have Love released as flipside. Peaks at #10
1965-07-26 Before You Go/No One But You LP released
The Instrumental Hits Of Buck Owens and His Buckaroos LP released
1965-08-23 Records Sam's Place at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1965-08-24 Records Waitin' In Your Welfare Line at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1965-10-11 Buckaroo/If You Want A Love released as single. Peaks at #1
1965-11-08 Santa Looked A lot Like Daddy/All I Want For Christmas Dear Is You released as single for Capitol
1965-11-11 Records Dust On Mother's Bible at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1966-00-00 Buck Owen's Ranch premieres - eventually playing in over 100 markets
Paints guitar red, white and blue
1966-00-00 - 1970-00-00 Buck Owen's shows consist of performances by Susan Raye, Freddy Hart, Tommy Collins, Sheb Wooley, and Rose and Carl Maddox
1966-01-03 Waitin' In Your Welfare Line/In The Palm Of Your Hand released as single. Peaks at #1
1966-02-15 Records Think of Me at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1966-03-00 Purchases radio station KUZZ-AM in Bakersfield and starts KBBY, later changed to KKXX radio. KUZZ was and is the #1 country radio station in Bakersfield. KKXX was the #1 rock-n-roll station for ten years
1966-03-25 Plays to a sold-out Carnegie Hall
Trades the Chevrolet camper for a bus
1966-04-06 Records Open Up Your Heart at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1966-05-02 Dust On Mother's Bible LP released
Think of Me/Heart of Glass released as single. Peaks at #1
1966-08-15 Open Up Your Heart/No More Me And You released as single. Peaks at #1
1966-11-08 Records Your Tender Loving Care at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1966-12-26 Where Does The Good Times Go/The Way That I Love You released as single for Capitol
1966-12-27 Open Up Your Heart LP released
1967-00-00 Purchases KTUF-AM in Phoenix, Arizona
Buck and the Buckaroos begin traveling by air
Meets Jennifer Smith at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, Kansas
1967-03-13 Sam's Place/Don't Ever Tell Me Goodbye released as single. Peaks at #1
1967-06-08 Records It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me) at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1967-06-26 Your Tender Loving Care/What A Liar I Am released as single. Peaks at #1
1967-08-07 Your Tender Loving Care LP released
1967-08-28 Records How Long Will My Baby Be Gone at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1967-09-25 It Takes People Like You (To Make People Like Me)/Left Her Lonely Too Long released as single. Peaks at #2
1967-12-05 Records Sweet Rosie Jones at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1968-00-00 Purchases KNIX-FM in Phoenix, Arizona
Tapes pilot for Hee Haw for CBS
1968-01-02 It Takes People Like You To Make People Like Me LP released
1968-01-08 How Long Will My Baby Be Gone/Everybody Needs Somebody released as single. Peaks at #1
1968-03-30 Buck and the Buckaroos perform for President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House
1968-04-01 Sweet Rosie Jones/Happy Times Are Here Again released as single. Peaks at #2
1968-05-27 Records Let The World Keep On A Turnin' with Buddy Alan at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1968-07-01 Sweet Rosie Jones LP Released
1968-07-08 Let The World Keep On A Turnin'/I'll Love Your Forever and Ever released as single. Peaks at #7
1968-08-07 Records I've Got You On My Mind Again at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1968-09-30 I've Got You On My Mind Again/That's All Right With Me (If It's All Right With You) released as single. Peaks at #5
1968-10-11 Plays Fillmore Hall, the premiere rock concert hall of the late 1960's
1968-10-12 Plays Fillmore Hall, the premiere rock concert hall of the late 1960's
1968-11-04 Christmas Shopping/One Of Everything You Got released as single for Capitol
Things I Saw Happening At The Fountain When I Was Visiting Rome or Amore/Turkish Holiday released as single for Capitol
1968-12-04 Records Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
Records We're Gonna Get Together with Susan Raye at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1968-12-30 I've Got You On My Mind Again LP released
1969-01-08 Records Tall Dark Stranger at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1969-01-13 Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass/There's Gotta Be Some Changes Made released as single. Peaks at #1
1969-03-0 Opens Buck Owens Studios in an old movie theater in downtown Bakersfield
1969-03-09 Performs at London Palladium, London, England
performance is recorded for a live album, produced by Ken Nelson
Records Johnny B. Goode at the London Palladium, London, England, produced by Ken Nelson
1969-05-05 Johnny B. Goode/Maybe If I Close My Eyes (It'll Go Away) released as single. Peaks at #1
1969-06-02 Buck Owens In London LP released
1969-06-15 Hee Haw premieres
1969-06-28 Prominently featured in Rolling Stone article about California country music
Media begins referring to Bakersfield as "Buckersfield"
1969-07-21 Tall Dark Stranger/Sing That Kind Of Song released as single. Peaks at #1
1969-08-19 Records Big In Vegas at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1969-09-29 Tall Dark Stranger LP released
1969-10-20 Big In Vegas/White Satin Bed released as single. Peaks at #5
1970-00-00 (Early) Doyle Holly leaves for a solo career
Doyle Curtsinger joins as Buckaroo bassist
1970-00-00 (Late) Films what may be the first country videos on 35mm:
  • Tall Dark Stranger
  • Sweet Rosie Jones
  • Big In Vegas
  • I Wouldn't Live In New York City (If They Gave Me The Whole Dang Town)

1970-02-02 We're Gonna Get Together/Everybody Needs Somebody with Susan Raye released as single. Peaks at #13
Records The Kansas City Song at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1970-04-06 We're Gonna Get Together LP released Togetherness/Fallin' For You with Susan Raye released as single for Capitol
1970-05-18 The Kansas City Song/I'd Love To Be Your Man released as single. Peaks at #2
1970-07-03 Records The Great White Horse with Susan Raye at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1970-07-06 The Kansas City Song LP released
1970-07-27 The Great White Horse/Your Tender Loving Care with Susan Raye released as single. Peaks at #8
1970-08-14 Records I Wouldn't Live In New York City (If They Gave Me The Whole Dang Town) at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California, produced by Ken Nelson
1970-09-08 The Great White Horse LP released
1970-10-05 I Wouldn't Live In New York City (If They Gave Me The Whole Dang Town)/No Milk And Honey In Baltimore released as single. Peaks at #9
1970-11-02 I Wouldn't Live In New York City LP released
1970-12-0 Records Bridge Over Troubled Water at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1971-00-00 Signs his final four year contract with Capitol
part of the deal is that Buck retains ownership rights of all of his Capitol recordings
Capitol would have five years to sell his records after the end of the contract and Buck would assume ownership in 1980
CBS drops Hee Haw and the show moves into syndication enjoying more popularity than ever
Adds five-string banjoist Ronnie Jackson to the Buckaroos
1971-01-11 Bridge Over Troubled Water/(I'm Goin') Home released as single. Peaks at #9
1971-02-15 Bridge Over Troubled Water LP released
1971-02-27 Records Ruby (Are You Mad) at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1971-03-18 Records I'll Still Be Waiting For You at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1971-04-05 Records Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1971-04-12 Ruby (Are You Mad)/Heartbreak Mountain released as single. Peaks at #3
1971-06-21 Buck Owens' Ruby LP released
1971-08-16 Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms/Corn Likker released as single. Peaks at #2
1971-10-04 The Best Of Buck Owens, Vol. 4 LP released
1971-11-08 Too Old To Cut The Mustard/Wham Bam with Buddy Alan released as single for Capitol
1971-11-22 Santa's Gonna Come In A StageCoach/One Of Everything You Got with Susan Raye released as single for Capitol
1972-00-00 - 1973-00-00 Tours, tapes Hee Haw twice per year and works in his studio
1972-01-17 I'll Still Be Waiting For You/Full Time Daddy released as single. Peaks at #8
1972-03-07 Records Made In Japan at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1972-04-03 Made In Japan/Black Texas Dirt released as single. Peaks at #1
This is Buck's last #1 hit as a solo artist.
1972-04-26 Records Ain't It Amazing, Gracie at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1972-06-19 Looking Back To See/Cryin' Time with Susan Raye released as single
1972-06-20 Records You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1972-08-28 You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More/I Love You So Much It Hurts released as single. Peaks at #2
1972-11-06 Records Streets of Bakersfield at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1972-12-04 In The Palm Of Your Hand/Get Out Of Town Before Sundown released as single
1973-00-00 Buck Owen's Ranch comes to an end
because Hee Haw was in syndication, the two show were competing against each other in certain markets. Hee Haw producers arranged with Buck to end the Ranch. Buck still owns all 400 Ranch shows
1973-01-08 In The Palm Of Your Hand LP released
1973-03-05 Ain't It Amazing, Gracie/The Good Ol' Days (Are Here Again) released as single. Peaks at #14
1973-05-14 Ain't It Amazing, Gracie LP released
1973-05-21 The Good Ol' Days (Are Here Again)/When You Get To Heaven (I'll Be There) with Susan Raye released as single for Capitol
1973-07-30 Arms Full Of Empty/Songwriter's Lament released as single for Capitol
1973-10-08 Records Big Game Hunter at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1973-10-30 Records (It's A) Monster's Holiday at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1973-11-05 Big Game Hunter/That Loving Feeling released as single. Peaks at #8
1974-02-00 Best Of Buck Owens, Vol. 5 LP released
1974-02-06 Records On The Cover Of The Music City News at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California
1974-02-25 On The Cover Of The Music City News/Stony Mountain West Virginia released as single. Peaks at #9
1974-06-24 (It's A) Monster's Holiday/Great Expectations released as single. Peaks at #6
1974-07-17 Don Rich dies in a motorcycle accident while travelling from the Bakersfield studio to meet his wife and children in Morro Bay. Buck's son Michael informed his father. Buck informed Don's wife.
1974-09-00 (It's A) Monster's Holiday LP released
1974-11-04 Great Expectations/Let The Fun Begin released as single for Capitol
1975-00-00 Andy Wickham, a long-time fan, convinces Buck to sign with Warner Bros. Records
Records in Nashville for the first time
1975-03-10 Weekend Daddy/41st Street Lonely Hearts' Club released as single
1975-03-21 Records Play Together Again Again with Emmylou Harris at The Enactron Truck, Los Angeles, California (Warner Bros.), produced by Norro Wilson
1975-06-16 Sweethearts In Heaven/Love Is Strange with Susan Raye released as single for Capitol
1975-09-08 Battle Of New Orleans/Run Him To The Roundhouse Nellie released as single for Capitol
1975-11-10 Country Singer's Prayer/Meanwhile Back At The Ranch released as single for Capitol
1979-04-18 Play Together Again Again released as single. Peaks at #11
1979-06-21 Marries Jennifer Smith
1980-00-00 Buck's contract with Warner Bros. Records ends
Assumes ownership of all of his Capitol recordings
Buck retires from touring
1986-00-00 Leaves Hee Haw
1987-00-00 Traditionalist backlash against the Urban Cowboy fad
Dwight Yoakam begins appearing in print media accusing country music of forgetting Buck Owens
1987-00-00 (Summer) Tours with Dwight Yoakam
1987-09-23 Dwight Yoakam comes to Buck's office, just before five in the afternoon, to meet Buck
Buck performs a medley of his hits with Dwight at the Fair that evening
Buck's first time to ever appear at the Fair with another artist
1988-00-00 CBS-TV special: Buck and Dwight perform Street of Bakersfield
Buck convinces Dwight to record Streets of Bakersfield, and Dwight agrees if Buck will sing with him
Buck signs recording contract with Capitol
Tours occasionally with Dwight Yoakam
1988-04-04 Records Streets Of Bakersfield with Dwight Yoakam at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, produced by Pete Anderson
1988-06-17 Streets Of Bakersfield released as single. Peaks at #1. This is Bucks first #1 since 1972 (sixteen years)
1988-08-02 Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room, Dwight Yoakam LP, released
1988-08-03 Re-records Hot Dog at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, produced by Jim Shaw
Ken Nelson had retired by this time
1988-09-28 Hot Dog released as single. Peaks at #46
1988-11-16 Hot Dog! LP released
1989-03-00 Invited to the Bammy Awards (Bay Area Music). Neil Young, Sammy Hagar, Chris Isaac and John Fogerty confess to being fans. (Fogerty mentioned Buck in a 1970 Credence Clearwater Revival song "Lookin' Out My Back Door")
1989-03-27 Re-records Act Naturally with Ringo Starr at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, produced by Jerry Crutchfield and Jim Shaw
1989-06-21 Act Naturally released as single. Peaks at #27. This song is nominated for Grammy Award. Buck and Ringo also shot a video for the song
1989-10-04 Act Naturally LP released
1996-00-00 Named to the Country Music Hall of Fame
Named to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Opens the $6.7 million dollar Crystal Palace in Bakersfield
1998-00-00 Buck and Dwight Yoakam film a live special at The Crystal Palace
1999-06-00 Buck appears live at the Kern County Fair with Dwight Yoakam and Merle Haggard
1999-12-31 Buck and Dwight Yoakam perform live at the Crystal Palace
2001-06-28 Receives Country Radio Broadcasters' Career Achievement award in Nashville, Tennessee. Brad Paisley, Billy Yates, Sherrie Austin and Tammy Cochran perform some of his hits at the ceremony.
2006-03-24 Buck has chicken-fried steak for dinner at the Crystal Palace then, not feeling well, informs the Buckaroos that he will not be playing that night. He leaves for his car to head home and is approached by some fans. When Buck learns that they have traveled from Oregan to see him, he returns to the club and plays the first set. He closes the set with Big in Vegas then leaves for home.
2006-03-25 Sometime after 4:30AM, Buck is rushed to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. He could not be revived.
It is believed he died in his sleep of heart failure.
2006-04-24 Bonnie Owens passes away at 4:28PM from complications due to Alzheimer's.
2007-01-13 Doyle Holly passes away at 2:30AM from prostrate cancer.
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