Singer Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of country music with hits like ''Act Naturally'' and brought the genre to TV on the long-running ''Hee Haw,'' died Saturday. He was 76.Aw, Buck. Damn.
"Hee Haw" Co-Host Buck Owens, 76, Dies - New York Times
I grew up in North Carolina, and my dad was a big Hee Haw fan. To put it mildly, I was not; I thought Buck was just a corny old hick who told bad jokes and played guitar and sang between idiotic skits.
Then, in college, somebody played me some actual Buck Owens records and I was completely floored. I've been a huge fan of Buck and the Bakersfield Sound ever since.
Rest in peace, Brother Owens.
Love's gonna live here again.