The country music community lost a legend on March 25, 2006.
Buck Owens did so much for country music in his decades-long career. He is credited as one of the few who pioneered the "Bakersfield sound", which is a combination of rock and classic country.
Owens had 21 No. 1 hits with his band the Buckaroos and hosted the TV series Hee Haw with Roy Clark from 1969-1986. In 1974, Owens' best friend, Don Rich, passed away and it devastated Owens. He abruptly halted his career, until he began performing with Dwight Yoakam.
Yoakam and Owens teamed up for their duet "Streets of Bakersfield", which gave Owens his first No. 1 in 16 years and Yoakam's first No. 1 ever!
(Owens & Yoakam, Photo credit: cmt.com)
Owens passed away of a heart attack in 2006 just hours after he performed at his Crystal Palace Restaurant.
Owens' music meant so much to Yoakam that he released an entire album dedicated to Buck Owens titled Dwight Sings Buck in 2007.
Yoakam also gave a moving eulogy and performance at Owens' funeral.
He apologized for wearing his cowboy hat in church, but joked that Owens would want it that way. He continued to tell an incredible story about Owens and sing the hymn "I Come To The Garden Alone".
Watch his moving tribute below.
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