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Classic Rewind: Buck Owens – ‘Hello Trouble’

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3 responses to “Classic Rewind: Buck Owens – ‘Hello Trouble’

  1. Ken August 16, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Although this song is associated with Buck Owens it was not one of his hits.

    “Hello Trouble” was first recorded by Orville Couch (who co-wrote the song) in 1962 for the tiny Custom label. Couch’s recording was picked up by Vee-Jay Records and distributed nationwide. The single peaked at #5 in the Billboard country chart in early 1963. Buck recorded the song for his 1964 Capitol album “Together Again/My Heart Skips A Beat.” Buck was so popular during that era that many of his album tracks received airplay alongside his hit singles. Of course he also had a huge fan base that purchased his albums and became very familiar with his LP tracks. Buck included the song on his concert set list and a live version was incorporated into a medley of songs recorded for his 1966 Carnegie Hall Concert album. Buck revisited the song on Hee Haw multiple times including this September 30, 1972 episode that featured his newest Buckaroo Jerry Brightman on steel guitar. Jerry had just celebrated his 19th birthday earlier that month! Buck had been without a steel player in his band following the departure of Jay Dee Maness in late 1969. Brightman was a superb addition to the group as his style perfectly fit Buck’s Bakersfield sound. His technique is reminiscent of Buck’s former player Tom Brumley and steel guitar legend Ralph Mooney. Sadly Brightman passed away suddenly in 2015 at the age of 61.

    Buck recorded “Hello Trouble” for Capitol again in July 1973 with an arrangement featuring Brightman’s steel that mirrors this clip. In fact they may have used the same backing track recorded for this TV show. That version was released on Buck’s 1975 Capitol album “41st Street Lonely Hearts Club/Weekend Daddy.”

    The Desert Rose Band revived the song in 1989 and their recording became a #11 country hit. They said that Buck’s rendition served as their inspiration.

    Here’s the original recording. It was Orville Couch’s only big hit. He passed away in 2002.

  2. Luckyoldsun August 17, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    1962 must have been a “troubling” year, I guess. The Wilburn Bros. had a somewhat similarly themed song that year called “Trouble’s Back in Town,” which became one of their handful of top-5 hits. I’ll take the Orville Couch record over the Wilburn record, any day.
    Elvis Presley had “Trouble” in the 1950s and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” in the ’70s–the latter song, most known now for Travis Tritt’s early ’90s cover.

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