On Wednesday (August 11), the Bakersfield West Rotary donated the Buck Owens star on the Fox Theater's Walk of Fame, to honor the man who made a household name out of their fair city. On hand at the unveiling ceremony were Buck's sons, Mike and Johnny, his nephew Mel and about 100 people including friends, employees of the Owens family, fans and singer Darryl Worley, who headlined the annual Buck's Birthday Bash at the Crystal Palace (the Bakersfield nightclub he owned) on Wednesday evening. The late singer was honored with the star one day before what would have been his 81st birthday.
"Dad would be proud of this," said Mike. "Instead of the streets of Bakersfield, it's more like the sidewalks of Bakersfield." (Quote via Bakersfield.com)
After several fans in the crowd speculated how Buck might have reacted to the news of this honor, nephew Mel shared his opinion: "Buck is up there saying, 'All right. I finally got it!'"