Buck Owens Vocals question

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  1. Flat6Driver

    Flat6Driver Friend of Leo's

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    I know there's a lot of fans here and I only got into his recordings from this board. What I notice about the choruses on many of the songs as that it sounds like the vocals are "doubled up". It seems way too tight to be a harmony or two guys singing, but to my ears sounds like a second person. Does anyone know whether this is an effect or actually a second person singing?
     
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    Probably don rich. Bucks guitarist.
     
  3. Caffeine Patrol

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    I think Buck double tracked his own voice for harmonies on a bunch of his recordings.
     
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    When playing live, Don Rich and Doyle Holly did all of the harmony.
     
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    jackal Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Earlier recordings, Buck doubled his own harmony, later on Don Rich did the harmony. Buck wrote that he couldn't tell the difference. What a team they made.
     
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    Those 2 guys had the tightest and BEST Harmonies ever!
     
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    Billy Gibbons playing his Buck Owens Telecaster
     
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    They all sang really well. Its the harmonies Don Rich is doing. It's different than how anyone else does harmonys. I'm not sure if he is hitting a third or 5th or seventh or what. I figured it out one day I think it was the thing musically I figured out from another artist. I forget what he is doing but when they bring it together like that it's just incredible. I didn't practice it or anything because there harmonies or so powerful I didn't want it to effect my style.
     
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    I've heard Buck say he was a real stickler when it came to harmonies. I've noticed that on most (not all) of songs meant to be released as singles Buck is doing the harmonies (overdubbed). On "album cut" songs it was more likely to be Don on the harmony.
     
  11. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    More importantly, did y'all notice how that thick sparkle paint on the Tele totally killed Don's tone? Yeah right.

    Sorry, wrong thread. And couldn't resist.
     
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    I also noticed songs with a guitar break would have Buck overdubbed, but if it had a steel guitar break Don would sing harmony
     
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    These guys (including the steel player) sure made it look easy.
     
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    I think I MIGHT be able to shed some insight on this?

    Using "Act Naturally" as the example, when I've helped people cover it at open mics or whatever, I've heard a few people say the melody is in B, even though the song's in G. Thinking that over, I think Buck is technically singing the third and Don does the root but up an octave? Don't know if that makes sense, but, that's how I've heard it described to me. Been listening to a lot of Buck Owens recently, seems to add up to my ear.



    And as a TOTAL aside, when did GIBSON sponsor the Buckaroos? Man this is weird to look at.

     
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    Fender and Buck got into a dispute when Fender asked for the band's guitars back to exchange. I think Fender had a deal with sponsored artists where they were supposed to switch out guitars now and then, probably to push the latest models they had going. Whatever the details, Owens gave them the old "Buck you" and went with Gibson for a time. I like Don's sound on that Gibson, but it sure ain't a Tele.
     
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