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Future Hollywood scene-maker and fledgling producer Kim Fowley co-produces recordings by Bakersfield's Bonnie Owens and Bill Woods.

June 16, 1963. Buckaroos drummer Ken 'Kenneth' Presley is killed in an auto accident. He had been with Buck Owens for some 18 months and was survived by his wife and three children.

January 8, Buck Owens opens a two week run at the Golden Nuggett in Las Vegas.
January 1964 saw Joe & Rose Lee Maphis touring the southwest circuit and playing casinos in Jackpot, Nevada, all to promote their new Capitol single 'Maple On The Hill.' When not on tour they perform on their Bakersfield KERO-TV television show.

June 1965 - Buck Owens & his Buckaroos with Bonnie Owens headline a country showcase at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The show also includes The Suzi Arden Show and her band, Jay Chevalier & The Louisiana Longshots and the Kenny Vernon Trio.

October 17th 1965, the first annual Toy For Tots charity concert is held at the Bakersfield Civic Auditorium, held to aid the local military charity Toy For Tots. Admission on the night were toys rather than actual monetary amount.
Those that gave their time for this charity event included organiser Buck Owens, The Buckaroos (Tom Brumley, Don Rich, Willie Cantu, Doyle Holly), Buddy Alan, Larry Daniels And The Buckshots, Bonnie Owens, Tommy Collins, Merle Haggard, Joe & Rose Lee Maphis, Billy Mize, Bobby Durham, Jeanie O'Neal, Ronnie Sessions, Kay Adams, Del & Sue Smart, Bill Woods and Dave Stogner.
Deejays who gave their time included Larry Scott (KWAC), Eddie Briggs (KUZZ), Tumbleweed Turner (KPMC) and Don Hillman (KWAC). The concert was a huge success, a reported 10,000 plus toys were collected and it officially became an annual event.

June 8, 1966 - Barbara Mandrell enters RCA Studios in Hollywood for a session for Mosrite Records. On This date she records the single 'Alone In The Crowd' and 'Queen For A Day.'

January 1967 - Ronnie Sessions opens for Joe & Rose Lee Maphis at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas

April 1967 - Ronnie Sessions returns to Las Vegas to open for Joe & Rose Lee Maphis at the Golden Nugget.

In 1968 Mosrite Records was still very active, with Joe and Rose Lee Maphis on the roster. To capitalise on the label's biggest stars, Mosrite's Andy Moseley ran ads in country publications. Writing the text himself, he covered the lifestyle of Joe and Rose Lee aka "Mr. and Mrs. County Music," mentioning that Joe drove their tour bus, and that Rose mends and makes their stage clothes and handles the fan mail. The article makes mention that their children, boys; Jody (12) and Dale (9) and daughter Lorrie (10), live with Joe's sister and Rosie's brother in Winton, CA. Although the couple regularly stop in Bakersfield, Andy's press mentions their frequent stops at Mosrite and the Joe Maphis Mosrites in production as well as the latest album by Joe, The New Sounds Of Joe Maphis on Mosrite records.

May 18th, 1968 - KUZZ sponsored country showcase in Bakersfield with hosts Joe Thompson, the General Manager of KUZZ Radio. Performers include Charlie Pride, Faron Young, Norma Jean, and the Gosdin Brothers, while Dorothy Owens, the General Manager of Buck Owens Enterprises was also present.

April 27, 1968 - KUZZ sponsored country showcase in Bakersfield at the Bakersfield Auditorium. Performers include Porter Wagoner and his roadshow with the Wagonmasters and Dolly Parton, Dave Dudley, Bobby Bare, Jimmy C. Newman and Tom T. Hall. KUZZ deejays at the time include Larry Daniels, Buddy Allan, MikeTyra and Lee Akers.

October 11- 12, 1968 - Buck Owens And His Buckaroos play the Fillmore West. The poster features an outdated shot of the Buckaroos with Don Rich, Tom Brumley, Willie Cantu and Wayne Wilson. The Buckaroos at the time of the show were Don Rich, Tom Brumley, Jerry Wiggins and Doyle Holly.

Sept 12-13 1969 - First Annual WIRZ Country Music Festival at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Friday, September 12th was opening night where Joe & Rose Lee Maphis appeared on the same bill as Ray Price, Hank Snow, Waylon Jennings and Dottie West.

While on the Saturday night, September 13th - Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens appear on the same stage as Bobby Bare, Del Reeves, Skeeter Davis and Granpa Jones.

1968 Buck Owens And His Buckaroos Fillmore West poster for October 11th and 12th performance. Poster features an outdated shot of the Buckaroos with Don Rich, Tom Brumley, Willie Cantu and Wayne Wilson. The Buckaroos at the gig with Owens were actually Don Rich, Tom Brumley, Jerry Wiggins and Doyle Holly.

The Bakersfield Five's Buckaroo album from 1969.

Bakersfield Brass publicity photo circa 1971.

Gene Moles, 1960s promotional picture.


Updated January, 2008