Country music legend Buck Owens was a pioneer of the raw-edged
country music that came out of Bakersfield’s honky-tonk bars,
known as the Bakersfield Sound.
Born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. in Sherman, Texas to a poor
sharecropper family, he nicknamed himself “Buck” after the family
mule. The family relocated to Arizona during the Dust Bowl years,
where Owens learned to play guitar and mandolin.
After moving to Bakersfield, California in 1951, he became a
regular performer at local clubs and bars, and played guitar on
records for other country singers. He formed his own band in
1963, and Buck Owens and the Buckaroos had 21 No. 1 country hit
singles during the 1960s, including “Act Naturally,” “Love’s
Gonna Live Here,” “Together Again” and “I’ve Got a Tiger by the
Tail.” The band performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the
White House. Owens also was a fixture in households across the
country as co-host of the long-running television variety show
Owens’ music influenced generations of musicians, from Gram
Parsons to Dwight Yoakum, all of whom continue the twangy
tradition of the Bakersfield Sound.
Awards & Recognition:
Grammy Hall of Fame Inductee
ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
ACM Jim Reeves International Award
ACM Poet’s Award
ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Award
Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year
Charles M. Schulz lived and worked in California from 1958-2000.
Charles M. Schulz, best known for the iconic comic
strip Peanuts, was one of the most influential cartoonists
of all time, whose innovation continues to inspire cartoonists
and fans today.
Schulz’s early series of one-panel cartoons, Li’l Folks, was
published from 1947 to 1950 in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Schulz approached United Feature Syndicate with the
single-panel series, but they preferred a version in comic strip
format. Peanuts made its debut on October 2, 1950 in seven
newspapers. The cartoon eventually became one of the most popular
comic strips ever created, published in over 2,600 newspapers. At
its peak, “Peanuts” was read by more than 355 million people in
75 countries and 21 languages.
Through the use of characters in national ad campaigns, the
creation of Emmy-Award winning television specials and the
development of books and merchandise, the comic strip grew into a
worldwide phenomenon, resulting in Schulz’s regular appearance on
Forbes magazine’s list of highest-paid entertainers in America.
Schulz drew over 17,897 “Peanuts” comic strips in his nearly
50-year career. He was awarded the highest honors by his fellow
cartoonists, was recognized by U.S. and foreign governments, had
NASA spacecrafts named after his characters, and inspired an
Off-Broadway musical and a performance at Carnegie Hall.
Awards & Recognition:
Emmy Award winner
Congressional Gold Medal
Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Commander of Arts and Letters
2-time recipient of the Reuben Award for Outstanding
Cartoonist of the Year