Instruments: Songwriter, Announcer
Date of Birth: May 10, 1910
Place of Birth: Bessemer, Alabama

Louie Buck joined the staff of WSM in 1938, and was the announcer of the Prince Albert portion of the Grand Ole Opry until 1946, when he was replaced by Grant Turner. An avid sportsman, Buck also did a show called "The Old Guide" (with John Jared) at the station. "Cousin Louie" as he was known on-air, was additionally a songwriter, whose credits included "Your Locket Is My Broken Heart" (Hank Snow) and "Loafin' on a Lazy River" (Red Foley).

Hank Williams' initial appearance at the Opry was on the 9:30-10:00 p.m. segment, sponsored by Warren Paint and hosted that night by Ernest Tubb. Although it has often been reported that Roy Acuff or Red Foley introduced Hank to the show, it was, in actual fact, 39-year old WSM staff announcer "Cousin" Louie Buck.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


.....The exhibit, which opens on September 17 (Williams' birthday) and runs through December 2003, will showcase his performances on the Mother's Best radio show. The program, which featured Williams and his band the Drifting Cowboys in 1951, aired daily on WSM and was sponsored by the Mother's Best Flour Company. Hosted by "Cousin" Louie Buck, each episode consisted of music, relaxed chatter, and product pitches. Williams even wrote a tune called "The Biscuit Blues": "I love to have that gal around/Her biscuits are so nice and brown/Her pies and cakes beat all the rest/'cause she makes them all with Mother's Best."


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"Cousin" Louis Buck (born May 10, 1910 in Bessemer - died May 18, 1971) was an announcer for the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, for the "Sunday Down South" radio show, and for the Roy Acuff Show.














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