CR Don Rich & Buck Owens, Part 2: Together Again | Cocaine & Rhinestones
Buck Owens slams 'Hee Haw' in his new autobiography, 'Buck 'Em! of Fame member hosted the show with Roy Clark, from the beginning of. Roy Linwood Clark (April 15, – November 15, ) was an American singer and . In , Clark and Buck Owens were the hosts of syndicated sketch comedy program Hee Haw, which aired from until and propelled Clark to. He was Clark was a guitar virtuoso and widely known for hosting the TV show "Hee Haw. " Bakersfield's Buck Owens was Clark's co-host for.
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He liked getting it, having it and keeping it. Even after he started putting hits at the top of the charts, he kept touring in that old pickup truck camper from all the way back when Merle Haggard and Moose were in the band.
The Buckaroos are not given extra compensation for being their own roadies, doing the driving, recording in the studio, performing on television or any of other errands that come up.
It would take me all day to reel off a list of everyone who did this. Complaining aside and not counting the times, here and there, when someone — never Don — did quit and come backthey held the classic Buckaroos lineup together until late with the exit of Willie Cantu. His leaving has nothing to do with finances or feeling exploited or anything like that. She goes home and young Willie has to follow if he wants to stay married.
One of the last big things Willie does with the band is the Live in Japan album. Either way, the stage banter is about as awkward as you would expect with Buck trying to speak through the language barrier. As always, the show is perfect. The crowd loves it. Like many artists, Buck Owens was given to mood swings. According to pretty much everyone, he could go from joking around and being a buddy to cussing you up and down in the span of a few hours.
Right here is a place where Don Rich deserves more credit than many fans realize and the only direct quote I have from Don: Give him anything less than your best and you can expect a good amount of chewing out.
Even the way he just said Buck Owens could be an asshole was diplomatic as hell. The only place Don ever really feels the need to stand up to Buck is in the recording studio, where he knows how important it is to get the music down right. Still, in the studio, Don will simply ask to speak with Buck in private if a disagreement starts to get hot in front of others.
His ability to communicate with Buck, no matter how intimidating his current mood may be, puts Don in position as a personal mediator and professional translator between Buck Owens and everyone else. Talking to Don is as good as talking to Buck. One of the drummers before Willie Cantu had found out about this the hard way. Apparently, this guy was on the road too long or something because he cracked. Buck goes out there and just starts throwing pieces of the drum kit off both sides of the stage.
He does 13 years in the band, staying with Buck until Nobody talks much about him except to tell the story of Tom Brumley sitting Jerry down for a talk the first time they share a hotel room. Don Rich is often described as a man of big appetite. Willie Cantu remembers Don showing him how to have a boilermaker for breakfast. Tom remembers a time when he and Don had been rooming together for an week residency.
CR011 Don Rich & Buck Owens, Part 2: Together Again
The last day, before checking out of the hotel, Don takes everything from the little fridge in their room, mixes it all together and starts eating it while making pornographically enthusiastic sounds of enjoyment.
One time Don tells Kay Adams that he wants to taste everything there is to taste, to go 90 miles per hour until he runs into a brick wall. Don and Kay continue seeing each other but Kay lets off a little pressure by quitting the tour in late Not so much the fuzz tone guitar. Fuzz had been around since Sanford had his fuzz unit made by a radio engineer but nearly nobody heard that record. Later in the same year, Grady Martin was recording with Marty Robbins when a pre-amp went bad right before his bass solo.
Everyone thought it sounded so cool they put it on the song. Country fans can handle the fuzz. Bob Wills and Little Richard were my influences as far as the Bakersfield Sound and the hard-driving type of country music.
I never thought of Johnny B Goode as being a rock and roll song. This is a huge subject. Some people love it, some people hate it. Two of the producers tell him an idea they have for a Laugh-In-style comedy show geared towards country folks. He always tells these TV people to give him a call if they get it going.
None of them ever got it going until these two guys get the money from CBS to make a pilot. Television critics hate this show.
From the Boston Globe: People tune in to the show just to see how bad it could possibly be. And they love it.
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Porter Wagoner has a TV show. The Wilburn Brothers have a TV show. The Grand Ole Opry is not being televised at this time, by the way. What Vince Gill has to say is probably a pretty common stance on Hee Haw: I mean, if you think about it, Hee Haw was probably the most massive exposure country music ever got. As corny as it was, it really mattered. So, country music fans find Hee Haw and they watch it religiously for two years.
Then, the network cancels it. Apparently, some big shot at CBS thinks their channel is gaining an audience of simple folk, out in the middle of nowhere, and he wants the network to have an audience of fashionable city types. Everyone knows how big of an audience it had and the producers contact as many local CBS affiliate stations throughout America as they can, getting over of them to agree to buy new episodes of the show if they keep making them. You do the math.
Shovel with My Spade In that between time of Hee Haw being cancelled and resurrected, Buck goes back in the studio to make maybe the most interesting album in his catalog. The album is called Ruby. Inbluegrass is going through a bit of a fling with mainstream audiences and not everyone knows how strict the rules are supposed to be. He works out a deal to continue recording for them for another ten years.
This arrangement Buck works out with Capitol may have been unprecedented in country music at the time. Many have followed in his path. For one thing, neither he nor anyone else involved has a clue that compact disc technology will be hitting America right around the time Buck gains ownership of his back catalog. Fans will buy their music collections all over again in CD format, and again, in mp3, 15 years after that.
He recorded three tracks on top of each other to get that effect. His theory is that overexposure is bad for any musical artist. So, overexposure sucks the mystery out of a celebrity, sure. This is a question people who were once on top of the entertainment industry always end up looking back and asking themselves: These are the questions keeping past-their-prime artists and managers and producers awake at night around the world.
We almost never get a clear-cut answer.
There he is on the news, hauled off to prison for three years for having some marijuana on him in Louisiana. Freddy does more time than Paycheck, gets out and goes on to chart over 20 singles. A death blow for one career is a flesh wound for another. Some people who tell these stories and laugh pump the brakes a little bit when it comes to the idea that Don might have had a problem.
His widow, Marlane, tells us Don enjoyed his scotch, while also insisting that he never got drunk. A professionally touring country musician in the s saying that is worth noting. And we call them functioning alcoholics for a reason. And boilermakers for breakfast? Buck Owens insists that he began to suspect Don Rich had a drinking problem during an international tour in spring of Nothing like that has ever happened before, Don forgetting song lyrics. Buck starts to worry.
He calls Marlane and invites her to join the tour, thinking that might chill Don out some. Marlane says this is all bullshit. She came out on tour because Don hurt his back in Hong Kong and healthcare was too expensive there. She met the tour in New Zealand, and, yeah, they had some cocktails but so did everyone. A little self-medication keeps the show on the road, until things get sloppy one night and the boss notices.
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Buck invites Marlane to join the tour, figuring Don will straighten up with his wife around. Don does reel it back a notch or two and Marlane sees nothing worth worrying over. Like I said, hypothetical, but it could resolve both versions of Don Rich on the tour. Which brings us to the fact that the movie Easy Rider came out in the middle of Within about a year, several of the guys in and around the band got way into motorcycles.Buck Owens and Roy Clark - Salty Dog 1973
Buck Owens, not so much. According to Buck, the guy who built the studio for him bought a new motorcycle, the day he finished the work, wrecked it and died, that day. One of the guys in the band, now seeing the danger of motorcycles, sold his bike to some kid, who, within a week, wrecked it and died. He would beg Don to stop riding and sell his motorcycles. A little movie trivia: Don was driving his Sportster when he had the accident.
Of course, nobody is ever telling the truth in situations like this. Not just to us but whatever story they have to tell themselves in order to deal with the trauma of having someone you care about so suddenly ripped out of your life. One thing everyone seems to agree on is that Buck Owens pleaded with Don not to drive his motorcycle to the coast that night. But Buck did not need a strange, ominous feeling to do that.
He was constantly begging Don to stop riding. It was probably nothing out of the ordinary. Don Rich never made it to the coast and nobody knows exactly why.
He wrecked his motorcycle. But nobody knows why that happened. That is obviously not proof of his identity. That type of wheel failure could have caused this accident. However, the wheel also could have split apart in the wreck, the cause of which is still, ultimately, a mystery. His estimated weight at the time of death is pounds. Please, do not test this. There are rare cases of humans with BAC much higher than this not only not dying but walking around and acting — well, you know, pretty damn drunk.
Again, please, do not attempt this. You will probably die. And I would think you would have to be suicidal to chug an entire bottle of whiskey before getting on a motorcycle. Embalming fluid contains alcohol, so a test taken from a body already at the mortuary could be contaminated. However, the alcohol in embalming fluid is methanol and the alcohol people drink is ethanol. There are tests to differentiate between the two. Improper storage of a blood sample can cause a false BAC over 0.
For example, a person could drink themselves up to a 0. A competent professional working in a first world country in should have been able to secure an accurate BAC. Lastly, there are, apparently, a few natural processes that occur in the body after death which can sometimes cause BAC to rise. All of which is to say, there you go. These uncertainties and the unfortunate proximity of certain types of people leave enough room for half-assed conspiracy theories to work their way in here.