You read it right. The pioneer of Bakersfield sound, Buck Owens had three No. 1 songs on the country chart in 1966 alone. While his first top country hit, “Act Naturally,” came earlier in 1963, Owens’ career shined the brightest in 1966. Below, you will find the three songs that became Owens’ chart-toppers on that year.
“Waiting in Your Welfare Line”
Buck Owens’ started the year with this song that became his tenth No. 1 single. Spending seven weeks atop the country chart, the song was released on January 3, 1966. He wrote it with Don Rich and Nat Stuckey.
“Think of Me”
On May 2, 1966, Owens released his single “Think of Me.” It climbed up to No. 1 and stayed there for six weeks. Songwriters Don Rich, Estella Olson, and Ken Nelson owned the credits for the song’s composition.
“Open Up Your Heart”
This song is the title track of Owens’ album of the same name. Released on August 15, 1966, the song reached No. 1 and remained on that position for four weeks. The “Made in Japan” singer wrote the song, himself.
All the three chart-toppers of Owens were recorded on his album Open Up Your Heart. The record, itself, reached No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums chart. But this success came the following year, 1967. The album received a favorable review from Allmusic. According to reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine,
“Open Up Your Heart doesn’t resonate quite as strongly as earlier efforts from Owens, nor does it warrant as many repeat plays, but it is still crafted and played well enough to make it a satisfying listen.”
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