Moon and WBKR’s Day in the Country — July 17, 2011 — Tim McGraw, Lonestar, Alan Jackson, Don Rich [Video]
Most of our history today concerns hit tunes, but then we will feature the death of Don Rich, a great Country musician and member of Buck Owens band, the Buckeroos.
In 2004, Tim McGraw was Living Like He Was Dying. #1 seven years ago today.
On this date in 1999, Lonestar peaked at #1 with Amazed.
And, probably Alan Jackson’s most fun song and video, Chattahoochee, started a four-week stint at the #1 spot.
in 1979 I interviewed Buck Owens at WDAF, in Kansas City. It had been only five years since Don Rich’s death in a motorcycle accident and Buck was hesitant to speak about it. I pressed him on it, since he was co-hosting a show with me looking back at the decade of the 70’s, a decade he dominated in Country Music.
So we spoke briefly about it. Don was Buck’s best friend, co-writer, band leader and harmony singer. He was instrumental in Buck’s sound. Buck told me with his death, it was the death of that sound as well. I read that in later years Buck wouldn’t speak of it. But, on that day with me he did.