Buddy Alan

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Buddy Alan
Birth nameAlan Edgar Owens[1]
Born (1948-05-23) May 23, 1948 (age 74)[2]
Mesa, Arizona, United States
Years active1968–1978

Alan Edgar "Buddy" Owens (born May 23, 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 No. 7 debut single "Let the World Keep On A-Turnin'", a duet with Buck.


Alan Edgar Owens was born May 22, 1948 in Mesa, Arizona, to country music artist Buck Owens and his then-wife, Bonnie Owens.[1][2] He founded a rock band called the Chosen Few at age 14 before turning his interests to country music. When Bonnie Owens divorced Buck and married Merle Haggard, Alan 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 Album
US Country CAN Country
1968 "Let the World Keep On A-Turnin'" (with Buck Owens) 7 36 I've Got You on My Mind Again
"When I Turn Twenty-One" 54 Wild, Free and Twenty-One
1969 "Lodi" 23 19
1970 "Big Mama's Medicine Show" 23 9
"Down in New Orleans" 38 A Whole Lot of Something
"Santo Domingo" 57
"Cowboy Convention" (with Don Rich) 19 We're Real Good Friends
1971 "Lookin' Out My Back Door" 37 single only
"I'm On the Road to Memphis" (with Don Rich) 54 We're Real Good Friends
"Fishin' On the Mississippi" 48 singles only
"I Will Drink Your Wine" 46
"Too Old to Cut the Mustard" (with Buck Owens) 29 26 Too Old to Cut the Mustard?
1972 "White Line Fever" 68 singles only
"I'm in Love" 47
"Things" 49
"Move It On Over" 60
1973 "Why, Because I Love You" 64
"Caribbean" 67 86
"Summer Afternoons" 68
"All Around Cowboy of 1964" 67 Chains / Another Saturday Night
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. p. 20. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Brennan, Sandra. "Buddy Alan biography". AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  3. ^ Malone, Bill C. Country Music USA. pp. 292. ISBN 0-292-75262-8.
  4. ^ Stambler, Irwin; Grelun Landon; Lyndon Stambler. Country Music: The Encyclopedia. p. 402. ISBN 0-312-26487-9.