Bonnie Owens, who was married to country legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, died Monday, April 24, in Bakersfield, Calif., from complications of Alzheimer’s.

She was 73. Bonnie was married to Buck from 1948–1953 and they had two sons, Buddy and Michael. She was also married to Merle Haggard from 1965–1978, and released a duet with him, “Just Between the Two of Us,” in 1964. During the 1960s, Bonnie had a brief solo career. Her biggest hit came in 1963 with “Why Don’t Daddy Live Here Anymore,” which reached No. 25. Bonnie remained friends with both of her ex-husbands, even touring with Merle after their divorce.


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