Buddy Buie, writer-producer behind Atlanta Rhythm Section, dies

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Buddy Buie of Atlanta Rhythm Section Dies.

ATLANTA (AP) — Perry “Buddy” Buie, a songwriter and producer who helped form the Atlanta Rhythm Section and then fuel its success with the lyrics he wrote for the band, has died. Buie was a profilic songwriter, penning 340 songs in the BMI catalog, nearly all of them crafted in Eufaula, AL, “on Thomas Mill Creek, where Buie had a small fishing trailer,” according to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. The guys…..” Born in Dothan, Ala., in 1941, Buie first tasted songwriting succcess in 1964 by penning Tommy Roe’s hit, “Party Girl.” A year later, a group that he was managing, the Webs, was hired to be Roy Orbison’s backup band and was rechristened as the Candymen. Artists who recorded Buie’s songs span rock and country genres and include Wynonna Judd, Garth Brooks, Gloria Estefan, Travis Tritt, David Sanborn, Carlos Santana and John Legend. Eddie Owen, a longtime music promoter in the Atlanta area, said “I don’t think there are many ‘native’ Atlantans over 40 that weren’t influenced by his songs and work.” Though he was involved in many aspects of the music business, “Buddy wanted to be a songwriter — that’s his thing,” said Justo, 70, who first met him more than 50 years ago.

The new group became one of the most reliable Southern rock bands of the ’70s, with Buie co-writing the bulk of their material, including their biggest hits, “So In to You,” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight” and “Imaginary Lover.” Their success culminated in a 1978 command performance at the White House for the birthday of President Jimmy Carter’s son. Whether it was in Georgia or Alabama, or in New York City, “you could mention Buddy’s name and people responded so well because they loved him,” Justo recalled. “He was a character. The pair began writing songs together in the mid-1960s, and were still getting together to create music as recently as about six months ago, Cobb said.

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