Early video: 2-alarm fire in vacant California building with connections to the Bakersfield Sound

Chet's Club was a hangout for Buck Owens, Merle Haggard & others who played the honky-tonk next door

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Early video from Bravo Street Media taken during a two-alarm fire Tuesday in a vacant building on Edison Highway in Bakersfield, California. The building has an interesting history according to Robert Price at KGET-TV:

Another fire, another one of Bakersfield postwar landmarks gone forever. This time, it’s Chet’s Club, which was right next door to one of the city’s original honky-tonks.

Mere weeks after another important Bakersfield Sound landmark, Trout’s, burned to the ground, another important place from Bakersfield history in the ‘50s and ‘60s, is gone as well.

Destroyed by fire Tuesday night was a card room called Chet’s Club, which in its heyday was right next door to the legendary Edison Highway honky-tonk, the Lucky Spot. Every local country music star of the era, including Buck Owens during the 1950s and Merle Haggard during the ‘60s, played at The Lucky Spot at one time or another, and every one of them most likely went out the back door to Chet’s between sets or after the show for a cold Schlitz or a bowl of Chet’s renowned chili. That made Chet’s a green room of sorts, where the stars cooled their heels.

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