Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Better Late Than Never

Today in Music History:

In 1975 Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to have 6 albums on the chart at once: 'Physical Graffiti' (#1), 'Led Zeppelin IV', 'House of the Holy', 'Led Zeppelin II', 'Led Zeppelin', and 'Led Zeppelin III'.
BuckI'd like to be remembered as a guy that came along and did his music, did his best and showed up on time, clean and ready to do the job, wrote a few songs and had a hell of a time- Buck Owens in 1992

As the son of a sharecropper with a dream of a better life, I think Buck did purty good for himself. I know it's been a few days since Buck passed away and I fully intended to write a little piece about Buck. If you're an old fart like me then you probably remember Buck the best from that Classic, how in the hell did it stay on TV for so long, series Hee Haw. Or even more likely your parents had a few of his albums kickin around. But Buck was prolific as hell. Back in the day he would release about 4 albums a year. He's got a heckuva back catalog, with most being out of print. I counted 54 albums, but there's only a few available on CD. That's a shame. Heck in 1970 he released 5 albums. Maybe they're not all 5 star albums but they're darn good. Today's musical artists go 2 or three years between albums and maybe not half as good. As far as country music goes, Buck was a living legend and now we'll just have to be satisfied with legend. Buck was known as a straight talker and once took a shot at American country music, decrying the syrupy arrangements of some singers. "Assembly-line, robot music turns me off," he said. I heard that Buck. There's no mistaking his honky-tonk twang that became known as the "Bakersfield Sound." I'll miss that ole red, white and blue guitar and the man that played it. Props to my man wick for helping me with this post.

It's a Monster's Holiday by Buck Owens

Tiger by the Tail(live at carnegie hall) by Buck Owens

Since another blog has already posted Streets of Bakersfield, I'll post Dwight Yoakam's version where Buck duets on it with Dwight, which incidentally gave Dwight his first #1 hit.

Streets of Bakersfield by Dwight Yoakum with Buck Owens

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