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BUDDY BUIE

Buddy_Buie

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Perry Carlton “Buddy” Buie

Description: American songwriter, producer, and publisher.

Known For: Associated with Roy Orbison, The Classics IV and The Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Instruments: Voice

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Date Born: January 23, 1941
Dothan, Alabama

Date Died: July 18, 2015
Dothan, Alabama

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Perry Carlton “Buddy” Buie (January 23, 1941 – July 18, 2015) was an American songwriter, producer, and publisher. He is most commonly associated with Roy Orbison, The Classics IV and The Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Buie was born in 1941 in Dothan, Alabama and moved on to New York City. Eventually he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he spent most of his career. However, nearly all the songs written by Buie and his co-writers were conceived in Eufaula, Alabama on Thomas Mill Creek where Buie had a small fishing trailer (Eufaula is only a 3-hour drive from Atlanta and a 1-hour drive from Dothan, making it a convenient location).

He was most well known as a prolific songwriter, with 340 songs registered in the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) catalog. His first success came in 1964, when Tommy Roe took “Party Girl”, which Buie co-wrote with William Gilmore, into the Billboard Hot 100. In 1967 he started working with the group Classics IV, working with the group’s guitarist James Cobb to add lyrics to Mike Sharpe’s instrumental “Spooky”. Subsequent songs co-written with Cobb included Sandy Posey’s “I Take It Back”, and the Classics IV hits “Stormy”, “Traces”, “Everyday with You Girl”, and “What am I Crying For?”.

While his initial success with the Classics IV established his career, the immensely popular (original) Atlanta Rhythm Section in the 1970s perhaps best defines his success and artistry as a songwriter and producer. Buie helped gather one of the most talented ensembles of musicians in rock music and they helped define the Southern Rock genre with other bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Atlanta Rhythm Section assumed the mantle of their fellow Georgians, the Allman Brothers Band, as one of the best live acts in the genre, with intense and lengthy solos and artistry that transformed their concerts into stellar jam sessions. They played a command performance at the White House for Pres. Jimmy Carter on his son’s birthday. Under Buie’s leadership, the Rhythm Section had unsurpassed regional appeal in the late ’70s and made regular appearances in the Nationwide Top 40. Some of the key elements that distinguished ARS from their counterparts include Buie’s production, influence, and songwriting: a rare instance where the lyrics and production matched the talents of accomplished, talented musicians in their prime.

In 1978, Buie and marketing executive Arnie Geller founded the Buie/Gellar Organization, a recording management company, and BGO Records in Doraville, Georgia. Buie’s later work includes “Rock Bottom” for Wynonna Judd and “Mr. Midnight” for Garth Brooks. Notable artists that have covered his songs include Gloria Estefan (“Traces”), Travis Tritt (“Back Up Against the Wall” and “Homesick”), David Sanborn (“Spooky”), and Carlos Santana (“Stormy”). Most recently John Legend used “Stormy” as the backing track on the single “Save Room”, earning Buie a writer’s credit. Buie’s music has also been used in films, most notably Lost in Translation (“So into You”) and Just like Heaven (“Spooky”). “So Into You” was also featured in a commercial for Texas Pete hot sauce.

In 2003, Buie left Atlanta and retired to Eufaula, Alabama just miles from the birthplace of the songs that built his career. In 2010, the Oscar winning film The Fighter features “So Into You” by The Atlanta Rhythm Section on its soundtrack. Buie was a member of both the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (1984) and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame (1997).

On July 18, 2015, Buie died at a hospital in Dothan, Alabama after suffering a heart attack.

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