According to Yahoo (music.yahoo.com) Buck Owens has passed away.
For people like me who are fans of traditional country, this is a real tragedy since he was far more than just the host of Hee Haw. It's hard to overstate just how good he really was as both a vocalist and as a guitarist during his prime. I'll certainly be pulling out the turntable and the old Buckaroos albums tonight.
Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus aderit. -- Erasmus
A lot of the newer "country" singers could take more than a cue from his career.
As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004 OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005 OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005 OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005 As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight" As of 3/20/06: 206 pounds
If he'd left it at "I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" and not thrown in the part after, this would have been a simple, coherent message.