“It is with great sorrow and a broken heart to say my husband, my love, Buck Trent, went to be with Jesus this morning,” Jean Trent wrote. “I lost my best friend, and the world lost a Master Musician and Country Music Legend.”
She capped off her statement with “Oh Yeah!” — a catchphrase Trent became known for during his run on “Hee Haw” between 1974 and 1983.
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In addition to “Hee Haw,” Trent was formerly a regular on “The Roy Clark Show” and performed on “The Porter Wagoner Show” as part of the Wagonmasters. During his career, he also recorded with artists including Vince Gill and Dolly Parton, contributing to Parton’s album “Jolene” (and playing banjo on the title track).
He’s also credited with inventing the electric banjo — an instrument he utilized in some of Parton’s recordings, according to his website.
In later years, Trent appeared in his own show in Branson, Missouri. He had also toured with fellow “Hee Haw” cast members in their own revue, called “Kornfield Friends.”