Hall of Fame Inductees

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Gary Buck

  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
  • Birth: March 21, 1940 - Thessalon, Ontario
  • Death: October 14, 2003 - Didsbury, Alberta


Gary Buck's career began in Sault Ste Marie, when he sang on CKCY radio, with Ray Koivisto's band, The Country Caravan. After a brief stint in semi-pro baseball, he made his first recording in 1959. In 1963, ‘Happy to be Unhappy’ was an international hit in the US, followed by a second hit with, ‘The Wheel Song’.

In 1967, Buck moved to Kitchener, Ontario where he starred on CKCO-TV’s, “The Gary Buck Show”, also making several appearances in the late 1960s and early 1970s at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1970, he began serving as General Manager for Capitol Records' publishing affiliate Beechwood Music, establishing his own company Broadland Music in 1971. The label’s early roster included Don Cochrane, Dallas Harms, Orval Prophet and Ian Tyson, among many others.

Gary Buck maintained a high profile on both the Canadian and Nashville music scene, producing albums for Nashville stars Gene Watson, Johnny Duncan, George Hamilton IV and many Canadian Acts.

Gary spent several terms as an International Director for the CMA in Nashville and was a founding member of ACME, the fore-runner of the CCMA.

Buck was the founder of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the organization merging during the mid-1990s with the CCMA.

Gary Buck passed away on October 14, 2003 at the age of 63.