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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard


Keeper Of The Key

Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard
Produced by Ken Nelson
Capitol Records STEREO ST 1482

From the back cover: I first met Buck when he came to Nashville in 1957. At the time he was virtually unknown as a singer, although he had considerable reputation as a guitar player with Tommy Collins. (Buck had played on most of Tommy's hit Capitol records and had also appeared with him on the "Grand Ole Opry" in 1954.) But in 1959 Capitol released a record called "Under Your Spell Again," and this tune (written, incidentally, by Buck himself) became the first of many hits which have helped to establish Buck Owens as a full-fledged singing star in his own right. He was named by the music industry as the "Most Promising Country and Western Male Artist of the Year" for 1960, in addition to winning many other coveted awards.

One of Buck's greatest hits in 1961 was a tune called Foolin' Around, written by Buck and a brand new songwriting talent named Harlan Howard, whom Buck had met several years before in California. This young Kentuckian also crashed the big-time in 1959, the year in which his ballad Heartaches By The Number was chosen as the number one country song of the year. That fine tune was followed by such hits as I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today, Pick Me Up On Your Way Down and another Owens-Howard collaboration titled Let's Agree To Disagree.

And while their respective careers flourished, the friendship between Buck Owens and Harlan Howard (both of whom were born in 1929) continued to grow over the years.  – Notes by Ralph Emery, WSM Radio, Nashville, Tennessee

Foolin' Around
Heartaches For A Dime
Heartaches By The Number
Let's Agree To Disagree
Keeper Of The Key
I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today
Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
I'll Catch You When You Fall
Lyin' Again
The One You Slip Around With
Think It Over
Keys In The Mailbox

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