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Buck Owens helped create the so-called "Bakersfield Sound" by fusing Western swing and honky-tonk with a third -- and to some, unrelated -- sound: rhythm and blues. In his early club years, Buck often covered R&B standards, and in 1969 he recorded his own version of Chuck Berry's rock classic "Johnny B. Goode."
But that didn't sit well with some country purists. Buck, naturally, jumped to the defense of his decision. "I saw 'Johnny B. Goode' as being about a little boy playing guitar sitting by the railroad track, and that's pretty country to me," he noted at the time. "I've always thought that Chuck Berry might have had a rock 'n' roll heart, but he had a country soul."
On July 26, 1969, Buck had himself a No. 1 country hit with the Chuck Berry song, which helped douse some of the criticisms. But Buck maintained that the backlash didn't cause him any sleepless nights in the first place.
In typical Buck fashion, he candidly declared, "I never did care about the flak and I still don't care. And you know what -- I ain't gonna care tomorrow!"