Flashback: Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens Take ‘Streets of Bakersfield’ to Number One. Duo topped the charts with the duet in 1988, and eight days later performed it on ‘Austin City Limits’. He even dedicated that debut album to the legendary performer. Two albums later, Yoakam upped the ante on classic country with the magical Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, and in the process he paid homage to one of his biggest inspirations by returning him to the spot he had been 20 times before. In September 1987, Yoakam walked, unannounced, into Owens’ Bakersfield office with an offer to join the young artist onstage that night at a local fair. In January 1988, when Merle Haggard bowed out of a salute to Bakersfield as part of the CMA’s 30th anniversary TV special, Owens picked Yoakam as a replacement and chose for them a song he had first recorded in 1972, Streets of Bakersfield.
Streets of Bakersfield" is a 1973 song written by Homer Joy and popularized by Buck Owens. In 1988, Owens recorded a duet version with country singer Dwight Yoakam, which became one of Yoakam's first No. 1 Hot Country Singles hits. According to Homer Joy, the original songwriter, he was approached in 1972 by representatives from Buck Owens' studio in Bakersfield, California, about recording a "Hank Williams Sr. soundalike-album".
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The discography of Buck Owens, an American country music artist, consists of 39 studio albums, 16 compilation albums, 9 live albums, 97 singles, and 12 B-sides.
Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens met back in 1988 in Bakersfield, California. Owens was a "gentleman rancher" at that point in his career, according to Yoakam. Owens, who hadn't sung a duet in years, showed up to cheer on an adoring Yoakam at his concert. They ended up singing together on that stage in Bakersfield and the rest is history. Owens passed away in 2006 and Yoakam paid homage to him with an album of covers. Dwight Sings Buck came out in 2007 and included all of the classics, but not "Streets of Bakersfield". Yoakam claims performing Buck Owens' tunes during his live shows always gets the crowd going wild. As he puts it, "It's me and the audience being able to embrace Buck together. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post stated the Owens and Yoakam wrote "Streets of Bakersfield.
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Hey, you don't know me, but you don't like me You say you care less how I feel But how many of you that sit and judge me Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield? Spent sometime in San Francisco I spent a night there in the can They threw this drunk man in my jail cell I took fifteen dollars from that man Left him my watch and my old house key Don't want folks thinkin' that I'd steal Then I thanked him as I was leaving And I headed out for Bakersfield . Streets of Bakersfield. MUSIC IP Song Mix Recommendations: RCKSPRNG GH1-09.
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|A||Streets Of Bakersfield
Vocals – Buck OwensWritten-By – Homer Joy
|B||One More Name
Written-By – Dwight Yoakam
- Producer – Pete Anderson
NotesFrom the Reprise album Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room
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