21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection

21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection

by Buck OwensBuck Owens


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Gone too soon at age 76 in March 2006, Buck Owens could hardly have had a better tribute to his artistry than this collection of his 21 influential chart-toppers. An architect of the enduring Bakersfield Sound -- and along with Merle Haggard, its most commercially successful proponent -- Owens fashioned his heady hybrid from honky-tonk, rockabilly, and a dollop of western swing; added in his own gifts as a nimble lyricist; assembled an absolutely killer band in the Buckaroos; and set a furious pace between 1963 and 1967. Seventeen consecutive No. 1 singles make up the lion's share of this essential set. Indicative of his broad-based appeal, Buck saw the Beatles cut a hit 1965 cover of his first No. 1, "Act Naturally"; Ray Charles create a signature hit with "Cryin' Time"; and, in 1988, Dwight Yoakam top the charts with "Streets of Bakersfield," a duet with Owns himself. A single disc can tell only a bit of the story, but what a story it tells -- these are the songs most of America knew Buck by and loved him for, songs that reached across generations and genres to make a lasting impact. Many of Buck's hits were relentlessly sunny -- even the laments in "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone" are articulated at a brisk pace -- but when he got in the mood he could put an aching ballad across with the best: Witness the classic status of 1964's "Together Again" and the beautiful, moaning 1965 heartbreaker, "Only You Can Break My Heart." They're all here, remastered, well annotated, and better than ever.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2006
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227409326
catalogNumber: 74093
Rank: 114514

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buck Owens   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dwight Yoakam   Guitar,Vocals
Jordanaires   Background Vocals
Red Simpson   Guitar
Pete Anderson   Guitar
Skip Edwards   Piano
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Donald Frost   Bass
Jay Dee Maness   Steel Guitar
Bob Morris   Bass
Taras Prodaniuk   Bass
Don Reed   Fiddle
Don Rich   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Jim Shaw   Organ
Doyle Curtsinger   Bass
Mel Taylor   Drums
Jerry Wiggins   Drums
Jeff Donavan   Drums
Willie Cantu   Drums,Tambourine
Doyle Holly   Guitar
Jay McDonald   Steel Guitar
Kenny Pierce   Bass
Ken Presley   Drums
Jelly Sanders   Guitar
Mel King   Drums
Albert "Al Bruno" Bruneau   Guitar
Jimmy Burton   Guitar

Technical Credits

Buck Owens   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Red Simpson   Composer
Pete Anderson   Producer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Homer Joy   Composer
Bob Morris   Composer
Ken Nelson   Producer,Audio Production
Estella Olson   Composer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
Don Rich   Composer
Jim Shaw   Executive Producer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes
Nat Stuckey   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Peter Anderson   Audio Production
Voni Morrison   Composer
Patrick Mulligan   Discographical Annotation

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