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Owens, Buck (12 Aug. 1929–25 Mar. 2006), country musician, singer, songwriter, bandleader, and television personality, was born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. in Sherman, Texas, the son of Alvis Edgar Owens and Maicie Azel Ellington, tenant farmers. The Owens family lived a hardscrabble existence, moving frequently in search of work. The younger Alvis was four when he christened himself with his lifelong nickname, calling himself Buck, after a farm mule....

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Williams, Andy (3 Dec. 1927–25 Sept. 2012), pop singer and television star, was born Howard Andrew Williams, the fourth of five sons and a daughter, born to Jay Emerson Williams, a railway mail clerk, and Florence Bell (Finley) Williams in Wall Lake, Iowa....