December 22

Buck Owens’ Own Version of “Together Again”

In 1964, the United States country singer and guitarist Buck Owens covered the song “Together Again”. Popularly known as Owens’ chart topper’s B-side, “My Heart Skips a Beat” broke off the song’s run on the US country charts.

From 1963 until 1969, Tom Brumley was with Owens. Brumley appeared on several recordings including “Act Naturally”, “I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail” and “Together Again”. When Brumley performed “Together Again”, it was simply amazing. Many said that it is one of the finest steel guitar solos in the history of country music. This was expressed in an obituary by Country Music Television. The unique steel guitar sound is “The Brumley Touch” as people call it. In addition, the Academy of Country Music honored Brumley as the top steel guitarist.

Covers of the Hit “Together Again”

Two years later, 1966, Ray Charles covered it. This version reached #19 on the Billboard pop chart and #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. On the soul chart, this version went to #10.

In the year 1975, Emmylou Harris recorded the song. She included it in her 1975 album Elite Hotel. Miss Harris’ cover rose to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in April 1976. Its flip side was Harris’ version of The Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere” being a minor pop hit as well. In 1979, Owens and Harris had a duet on a song called “Play Together Again, Again”. This was their tribute to the song which the artists recorded and popularized.

After four years, Kenny Rogers and Dottie West released a duet version of the song. Originally, he recorded it for their 1979 Classics album. However, they released it on Rogers’ Duets album in 1983. This reached No. 19 on the Hot Country Singles chart.

Another artist was Dwight Yoakam. He recorded a version of the song for his 2007 Buck Owens tribute album, Dwight Sings Buck.

Lastly, Vince Gill recorded a version of the song for his 2013 album. This cover was with steel guitarist Paul Franklin, Bakersfield.


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