Tommy Collins

Tommy Collins made a name for himself by singing PG-rated songs in a time when PG13-rated songs would get you banned from the radio. His early hits, “You Better Not Do That,” “Whatcha Gonna Do Now” and “It Tickles” were all, plainly speaking, about fucking. He also worked as a session musician for Capitol Records and will play a bit part in most stories told about the classic “Bakersfield Sound”-era of country music.

Learn more about Tommy in these episodes of Cocaine & Rhinestones.

CR010 Buck Owens & Don Rich, Part 1: Open Up Your Heart

CR010 Buck Owens & Don Rich, Part 1: Open Up Your Heart

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Buck Owens is an inkblot test. Ask 20 different people, get 20 different Bucks. Whatever else is true (and some of it certainly is), today we’re talking about the one who brought real country music to the world in a time when we desperately needed someone to do that. Sticking to that real deal honky tonk sound from Bakersfield made him a very famous man. Shrewd business practices made him a very rich man. Both of these things made him more than a few enemies.

However, all you need to take on the whole world is one true friend and Buck Owens had that friend in Don Rich, his guitarist and right-hand man. Here in the first part of this story, we’ll hear how everything came together, all those years ago…

This episode is recommended for fans of The Bakersfield Sound, Merle Haggard, Wynn Stewart, western swing, guitar, David & Goliath stories and the Revisionist History podcast.

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