Kornfield Kounty, final chapter
Kornfield Kounty Part III
Were an award winning band prior to their Hee Haw days.
They were the shows house band with Don Rich as the music director. They
are still the Buck Owens band before and after the shows end. They were heavily
involved in the development of the “Bakersfield Sound” CMT named the Buckaroos
number two on the list of best twenty top country bands. Over the years they have
had as many as sixteen different band members. In the early sixties Merle Haggard
even performed with them.
The regular members on Hee Haw were Don Rich, Doyle
Holly, Jerry Wiggins, Jay Dee Maness. Doyle Curtsinger. Jerry Brightman
Don Rich died in a motorcycle accident in 1974 and at that time was the only original member of the Buckaroos. Buck Owens never recovered emotionally from Don’s passing, Don was like a son to Buck not only a singing partner, They had an irreplaceable sound that died with Don’s passing.
Long before Buck became the co- host of Hee Haw, He and his band the
Buckaroos were known for their signature Bakersfield sound. Artists such as Merle
Haggard, Dwight Yoakam and Brad Paisley emulated this sound. The “Sound” was done by using two Fender Telecaster guitars played simultaneously by Buck and Don Rich. Following the death of Don, Bucks guitar was a Red, White and Blue acoustic instrument.
Buck Owens co-hosted the show with Roy Clark from 1969 until he left the cast in 1986.
He was convinced that the shows exposure had obscured his musical talents from its
viewers because of the shows comedic flavor.
Buck Owens and the Buckaroos had twenty one number one hit singles with forty seven
others hitting the top one hundred charts. They had a total of ninety seven singles, and
sixty four albums recorded. Buck died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March
25th 2006 at the age of 76.
Roy hosted the Hee Haw show from show number one, through show number
585. First air date was June 15th 1969 and the last was May 30th 1992 a span of Twenty
Three Years. He and Buck co-hosted until Buck left the show in 1986 when Roy would
host the show with one of the guest artists as co-host this continued for several shows
until the producers decided that Roy had earned the right to host the show himself. And
he did until the end. During the 70s Roy frequently guest hosted for Johnny Carson on
the Tonight Show and also pulled in a 30-million viewership for Hee Haw.
As a guitarist Roy is skilled in classical guitar, he can also play several other instruments. In 1983 Roy Clark opened the first Celebrity Theater in Branson , Missouri beginning a trend which led to Branson becoming an entertainment center as it is known today. On August the 22nd 1987 Clark was made a member of the Grand Ole Opry. On May the 17th Roy was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy. Roy’s CMA awards total seven with two ACM awards and a Grammy in 1982 for Best Country Instrumental Performance.