Santacular Christmas Countdown – #10 – Buck Owens

Buck Owens – “Santa Looked a Lot like Daddy”

That’s right people: Buck Freakin’ Owens. The dude was more than just Hee Haw. Ever hear of the Bakersfield sound? Country rock before there was country rock. You gotta love this song.  Really.  There are hundreds of covers of the tune, but the good ones rarely stray from the signature sound Buck laid down back in 1965.  And here is the song at #10.  Maybe the surprise of the countdown?  Think again.  Respect the Buck.

Wikipedia: “The Bakersfield Sound was a genre of country music developed in the mid- to late 1950s in and around Bakersfield, California. Bakersfield country was a reaction against the slickly-produced, string orchestra-laden Nashville Sound of the late 1950s. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos and Merle Haggard and the Strangers are the most successful artists of the original Bakersfield sound era”.