Buck Owens and the Buckaroos

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    Probably the best line up of the Buckaroos

    Buck, Dangerous Don, Wonderful Willie Cantu, Doyle Holly, & Tom Brumley.

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    Highway 1 crossing of Yerba Buena Street, Morro Bay in California.

    Where Don Rich lost his life in a motorcycle accident.

    I visited there in 1979.

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    My dad used to talk about going to the Blackboard and getting served by Bonnie... How many kids do you reckon came out of the Lucky Spot?
     
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    Well, there were plenty of families started out of that little honkytonk too! The stage was only about twelve or fourteen inches high, not very big, and once in a while someone got drunk and fall off of it, or onto it, depending on the band and the crowd.
     
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    Sad day for country music when Don lost his life.
     
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    Hadn’t heard of BB, just pulled up some pics., yep, I can see the attraction!
     
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    Family lore has my grandpa spending time at the Lucky Spot, it wasn't too far away from where he and grandma lived...
     
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    More famous than Kang Rhee and the Kangaroos.
     
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    I lived in Bakersfield for several years in the 1980's. I heard stories about Buck Owens in his honky tonk days and apparently he was one tough son of a gun. I knew this man who was a construction worker back in the1950's and no wimp himself. His wife told me that he got drunk and belligerent in some dive bar where Buck and his band were playing one night. Apparently, he and Buck got into a scuffle and Buck kicked his ass from one side of that bar to the other(in her words). His wife use to like to bring up that story when she got irritated with her husband in company. He never lived that down.
     
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    I never heard the band live but I met a couple people who did.

    Both say one of the things that set them apart was they were very loud like a rock band.

    Maybe someone can confirm?
     
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    I always thought it odd that for years he was on national tv with a missing tooth. Probably got it knocked out being his own bouncer. Buck was really a bigger than life guy. I used to do a little work for him at a ranch he had at the time back in the 70s. If you did a good job, you'd be asked back, if you didn't you'd never work for him again. Once he knew you, no matter where he was at, he'd give you a wave. Cool guy. He put on a big FREE concert out at Hart Park back in the mid sixties that I attended. Roger Miller was there, a bunch of big names at the time showed up for Buck, and thousands of people had a great time.
     
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    One other thing that should be mentioned about Buck, he absolutely loved the Crystal Palace! It's kind of his legacy to Kern County and Bakersfield. It's the last great place in town for country music, and for boot scooters, and skirt twirlers to show off their skills and hook up. There's always a good house band, and some really cool acts play the Palace. Marty was there a year or so ago, and put on a really great show. He let Kenny off the leash, and you'd have thought he was in a rock band!
     
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    I don't know about rock band loud, but his band was always loud enough!
     
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    you could hear the, 4 blocks away apparently.
     
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    Reminds me of the line from Sams Place
    “You could hear them pickin 20 blocks away”
     
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    If ever there was a show I’d have wanted to be at, this was it. I’ve had this on vinyl for 50 years at least & picked up a CD version maybe 10 years ago.
    Interestingly the mix and content is different on each. The earlier vinyl is very much an auditorium sound with lots of the talk and interplay edited out. The CD version is more warts & all, and is the whole show.
    Whichever, it’s a group of musicians at their best, doing what has to be a near enough perfect show.
     
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    I loved Hart Park, that is one of the coolest places in Bakersfield. He(Buck) was just building the Crystal Palace when I left town. I always wanted to at least check it out. I never realized that Bakersfield is where they originally built the Moserite Guitars. I had met this guy in Taft, Ca who had worked for Semi Mosely back in the day that Mosrite was riding high, apparently he(at that time) still had a bunch of leftover Moserite parts and would build Moserites from time to time. Mostly from customers who were still big Moserite fans. This was during the period of Eddie Van Halen and everybody was playing Jacksons and Kramers and all those pointy guitars with the Floyd Rose whammy bars.

    Oh yes! Those bars(The Alley Cat and Suds) where some cool little bars downtown.
     
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    My brother in law had a body shop, but he used to paint a few guitars for Moserite and Standel. His brother had a pretty cool Standel guitar, and when he passed my BIL got it. Farther back, the Black Board, and Tex's Barrel House were dance halls and bars that were really cool hangouts. Party inside, fight out in the parking lot. They had something for everyone!
     
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    This is a great thread, and shows just how much Buck and the Buckaroos influenced so many of us
    over the years.
    Is anybody out there familiar with an LP of Buck's music that was released without vocals
    (but had a lyrics sheet included in the LP sleeve)?
    Also, there was at least one LP of instrumentals by Buck and the band. As I recall, it had quite a few polkas and
    a version of "Orange Blossom Special" played by Don on his fiddle.
     
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