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DOYLE HOLLY, 1936–2007

Doyle Holly, the bass player in Buck Owens’ revered backing band, the Buckaroos, died Saturday after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 70.

Doyle replaced Merle Haggard in the Buckaroos. He backed Buck throughout the 1960s, and his propulsive playing was an important factor in his boss’ trademark rock-influenced sound. In the early 1970s, Doyle left for a solo career that included Top 40 country hits like “Lila” and “Queen of the Silver Dollar.” He later opened a musical instrument shop outside Nashville. Doyle is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ginny.

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