My strictly passing familiarity with Buck Owens' music sprang from two sources: Beatles' note-for-note rendition of Buck's "Act Naturally" and CCR's hippy-trippy "Looking Out My Back Door" (which - a terrible mondegreen - I first heard as "listenin' to Beethoven". Ludwig, Buck, forgive me.)
Lately, I've been catching up with his music and I now understand why Beatles and CCR were attracted to it. The lyrics, the melodies and that guitar sound are all so fresh and distinctive.
Salon.com featured him in their "Brilliant Careers" series, calling him the "Baron of Bakersfield".
It's kinda late, but RIP, Mr. Owens.
A popular jazz compilation titled "The Best of Blue Note". Like the fishmonger and the "fresh fish sold here" story, the words "the best of" are superfluous. Blakey, Rollins, Coltrane, Hancock, Ellington, Basie....can it be anything but the "best of"?