Country legend dies

Buck Owens passes away, aged 76

Country legend Buck Owens has died at the age of 76.

The musician, who had 15 consecutive country Number Ones in the US during the 1960s, passed away at his home in California’s Bakersfield on Saturday (March 25).

Owens was best known for his singles ‘Love’s Gonna Live Here’ and ‘I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail’ and for co-hosting the Stateside variety show ‘Hee Haw’ between 1969 and 1986.

His track ‘Act Naturally’ was covered by The Beatles on the 1965 album ‘Help!’.

According to BBC News, Owens’ spokesman and bandmate in The Buckaroos, Jim Shaw, said the singer had “a raw edge”.

He added: “I think the reason he was so well known and respected by a younger generation of country musicians was because he was an innovator and rebel.”

Speaking in 1992, Owens said: “I’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.”

Owens underwent surgery in 1993 for throat cancer and was hospitalised with pneumonia four years later.