Buck Owens Gold Record – 5 Million Sold in 1967!

Buck Owens sold 5 million records in 1967, this was a phenomenal feat back in that era. Country music radio stations were not as plentiful as today, and the market wasn’t as broad. But Buck Owens and his band the Buckaroos, with Don Rich as his lead guitarist, Willie Cantu on drums, Dolly Holly on bass guitar, and Tom Brumley on pedal steel guitar were the greatest 5 piece band in country music history. They sold out major venues all over the world, including a live concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Live at the White House for President Lyndon B. Johnson, Live albums in Norway, New Zealand, Japan, Live at the London Palladium, and of course live albums in Las Vegas. Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and the Bakersfield Sound are being honored in a exhibit at the country music hall of fame in Nashville, Tennessee, this extensive exhibit that encompasses 5 thousand square feet is a must see for country music fans and music fans in general. They will be able to learn about how much of an impact the Bakersfield Sound had on artists from all music genres. Dwight Yoakam is the narrator of the audio portion of the tour, and also the video portion, with hundreds of photographs, instruments, and artifacts from the Bakersfield Sound musicians, singers, and songwriters, this is a great honor for Bakersfield. It starts in late March and runs through the latter part of 2013, it’s about time the Bakersfield Sound was honored in this fashion…hope to see you there!

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