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Story | May 25, 2012 | 6:14 PMBakersfield country singer-songwriter Red Simpson, 78, has enjoyed a long, distinguished career. A key architect of Bakersfield's crackling, regional musical style, he's had his songs recorded by the biggest names in the business — Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Gram Parsons, Lucinda Williams, even Annette Funicello. Heck, Buck Owens alone cut more than 25 of them during his legendary mid-1960's peak.