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Buddy Alan
Birth name Alvis Alan Owens[1]
Born May 22, 1948 (1948-05-22) (age 61)[2]
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1968-1978
Labels Capitol
Associated acts Buck Owens, Bonnie Owens, Merle Haggard, Don Rich

Alvis Alan Owens (born May 22, 1948 in Mesa, Arizona), known professionally as Buddy Alan, is an American country music artist. The son of Buck Owens and Bonnie Owens and stepson of Merle Haggard,[2] Alan recorded four albums for Capitol Records in the 1970s. He also charted eight singles in the Top 40 on the Billboard country charts, including his #7 debut single "Let the World Keep On A-Turnin'", a duet with Buck.



Alvis Alan Owens was born May 22, 1948 in Mesa, Arizona, to country music artist Buck Owens and his then-wife, Bonnie Owens.[2][1] He founded a rock band called the Chosen Few at age fourteen before turning his interests to country music. When Bonnie Owens divorced Buck and married Merle Haggard, Alvis moved to Arizona with his mother and new stepfather.[2]

Crediting himself as Buddy Alan, he charted for the first time in 1968 with "Let the World Keep On A-Turnin'", a duet with Buck Owens that reached Top Ten on the country charts. This was followed by "When I Turn Twenty-One", which Haggard co-wrote.[2] Alan toured with his father (who also worked as his promoter[3]) and released an album entitled Wild, Free and Twenty One, in addition to making appearances on Hee Haw. Later on, he charted again in the Top 20 with "Cowboy Convention", a duet with Owens' guitarist Don Rich,[4] and earned a Most Promising Male Artist award from the Academy of Country Music.[2] He continued to chart into the 1970s, but retired from the music business in 1978 to attend college. After that, he became a music director at local radio stations, and was voted four times as Billboard Music Director of the Year.[2]




Year Album Chart Positions
US Country
1968 Wild, Free and Twenty-One
1970 A Whole Lot of Something
1971 We're Real Good Friends (with Don Rich) 36
1972 Too Old to Cut the Mustard? (with Buck Owens) 35
The Best of Buddy Alan 43
1975 Chains / Another Saturday Night


Year Single Chart Positions
US Country
1968 "Let the World Keep On A-Turnin'" (with Buck Owens) 7
"When I Turn Twenty-One" 54
1969 "Lodi" 23
1970 "Big Mama's Medicine Show" 23
"Down in New Orleans" 38
"Santo Domingo" 57
"Cowboy Convention" (with Don Rich) 19
1971 "Lookin' Out My Back Door" 37
"I'm On the Road to Memphis" (with Don Rich) 54
"Fishin' On the Mississippi" 48
"I Will Drink Your Wine" 46
"Too Old to Cut the Mustard" (with Buck Owens) 29
1972 "White Line Fever" 68
"I'm in Love" 47
"Things" 49
"Move It On Over" 60
1973 "Why, Because I Love You" 64
"Caribbean" 67
"Summer Afternoons" 68
"All Around Cowboy of 1964" 67
1974 "I Never Had It So Good" 70
1975 "Chains" 35
"Another Saturday Night" 88


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books. pp. 20. ISBN 0823082911.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Brennan, Sandra. "Buddy Alan biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-22.  
  3. ^ Malone, Bill C.. Country Music USA. pp. 292. ISBN 0292752628.  
  4. ^ Stambler, Irwin; Grelun Landon, Lyndon Stambler. Country Music: The Encyclopedia. pp. 402. ISBN 0312264879.  


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