Prolific Atlanta songwriter, producer and manager Buddy Buie, most notable for penning songs for the Classics IV and, later, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, passed away on July 18th after suffering a heart attack. He was 74.
For the Classics IV, Buie co-wrote (with guitarist J.R. Cobb) their two biggest hits, “Stormy,” “Spooky” and “Traces.” When Cobb, along with former members of the Candymen (whom Buie had managed and written for, and who doubled as Roy Orbison’s longtime backing band) later coalesced as the house band at Doraville, Georgia recording complex Studio One in 1970, it didn’t take them long until they were working on new original material under the name Atlanta Rhythm Section. Buie collaborated with Cobb and other ARS personnel on their hits “So Into You,” “Doraville,” “Georgia Rhythm” “Imaginary Lover,” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,” “Champagne Jam” and many others; he also produced their albums, contributed backing vocals and acted as the band’s manager.
Throughout his lengthy career, Buie also composed songs performed by B.J. Thomas, Tommy Roe, Stillwater, Wynonna Judd and Garth Brooks, among others. Born in Dothan, Alabama, Buie is an inductee into both the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.