EUGENE J. MCCARTHY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1968 CO-SIGNED BY: BUCK OWENS - HFSID 34616
Sale Price $270.00
EUGENE McCARTHY and BUCK OWENS. Inscribed signature: "Feb 2, 1968/to George Sanders/with best wishes/Eugene McCarthy" and on verso a photograph signed "Buck Owens" (color, 3¾x4¾), 6x9¼ sheet. Newspaper photo of McCarthy (b/w, 1¾x1¾) below signature. EUGENE McCARTHY (1916-2005), a U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 1959-1971, later sought the Democratic nomination for President in 1968, running as an anti-Vietnam War candidate. His defeat of President Johnson in the March New Hampshire primary led to New York Senator Robert Kennedy's candidacy and Johnson's decision not to seek reelection on March 31st. At the Democratic National Convention held in Chicago, August 26-29, 1968, incumbent Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey won the presidential nomination on the first ballot with 1,761¾ votes to McCarthy's 601 and South Dakota Senator George McGovern's 67½. At the 1972 Democratic National Convention, McCarthy received two votes; the nomination went to McGovern on the first ballot. BUCK OWENS (1929-2006), born Alvis Edgar Owens, is credited with developing the "Bakersfield sound", bringing rock-influenced country music to hardcore honky tonk. The first successful country music star to come out of Bakersfield, California, Owens formed The Buckaroos in 1963, with Merle Haggard among his first bassists. Owens had 15 consecutive #1 hits in the mid-1960s, including "Act Naturally, "Love's Gonna Live Here" (his biggest seller), "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "I've Got a Tiger By the Tail". After becoming a television personality, first on the Buck Owens' Ranch (1966-1973) and then on Hee Haw (1969-1971 on CBS; in syndication until 1986), he had another #1 hit in 1988, teaming up with Dwight Yoakum on a remake of his 1972 song, "Streets of Bakersfield". Mounting sheet is slightly creased and slightly frayed at left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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