Vet­eran U.S. song­writer, pro­ducer dies at 74

Perry ‘Buddy’ Buie worked with At­lanta Rhythm Sec­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

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. He was 74.

Buie died Satur­day, said Chip Chap­man, owner of Chap­man Fu­neral Home in Eu­faula, Alabama, which is han­dling ar­range­ments. A me­mo­rial ser­vice is planned for 1 p.m. CDT Wed­nes­day at First Bap­tist Church in Eu­faula, the fu­neral home said.

Singer Rod­ney Justo, one of the band's orig­i­nal mem­bers, re­mem­bers how Buie brought him and other mu­si­cians to­gether to form the At­lanta Rhythm Sec­tion in the early 1970s.

“He calls me one day, and he says 'I have an idea Rod­ney, and I'd like you to be a part of it,”' Justo re­called on Sun­day. “He said 'I want to get all the top mu­si­cians in the South, put them to­gether and build a su­per group.”

“At­lanta Rhythm Sec­tion was Buddy's dream,” Justo added. “He wanted a band that he could pro­duce, man­age, write songs for and to be a ve­hi­cle for his songs.”

The band had wide in­flu­ence, and “they helped de­fine the South­ern Rock genre with other bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd,” ac­cord­ing to Buie's bi­og­ra­phy in the Alabama Mu­sic Hall of Fame.

Though Buie is known for his work with the At­lanta Rhythm Sec­tion, he has also writ­ten or co-writ­ten nu­mer­ous hits per­formed by artists such as Car­los San­tana (the song “Stormy”); Glo­ria Estefan (“Traces”); and Garth Brooks (“Mr. Mid­night”), ac­cord­ing to the Alabama Mu­sic Hall of Fame.

Buie, a na­tive of Dothan, Alabama, was once Roy Or­bi­son's road man­ager, Justo said.

Over the years, Buie cre­ated many of his songs in a small fish­ing trailer on a creek in the Eu­faula area, ac­cord­ing to the bi­og­ra­phy, which cred­its him with writ­ing or co-writ­ing hun­dreds of songs.

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.

He was also an in­tensely loyal per­son who built and nur­tured last­ing re­la­tion­ships in the mu­sic in­dus­try, Justo said.

“Buddy was a very loyal kind of guy and loved loy­alty,” Justo added. “He used to tell me that peo­ple for­get their begin­nings.”

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. He was one of a kind.”

He also loved to travel, he loved to eat and he loved mu­sic, Justo said.

“A full life is a gift, a long life is a bonus... and we should all live the full life that Buddy lived,” he said.

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