BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Nearly 6,000 people showed up this weekend to say goodbye to country music legend Buck Owens, who died a week ago at the age of 76.
A public viewing was held Saturday at Owens' Crystal Palace, the musician's restaurant and museum.
Friends and fans lined up to view his open casket. Spotlights illuminated three guitars on the stage where Owens stood during weekend shows, and his music played softly over the loudspeakers.
Owens' career was one of the most phenomenal in country music, with a string of more than 20 No. 1 records, most released from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.
Among his biggest hits were "Together Again" (also recorded by Emmylou Harris), "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail," "Love's Gonna Live Here," "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line."
A funeral was scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Valley Baptist Church. Family members say the service will include musical tributes by some of Owens' music industry friends.