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From: Buddy Buie
Subject: FINEBAUM http://finebaum.com
I will be appearing on the Paul Finebaum show Thursday April 13 at 3:00 CST.
Please listen and call in if you have the time.
I had previously announced 4/12 .
I'll be talking about our song THE DAY BEAR BRYANT DIED and my career.
The Second Track of Buddy Buie's Interview on WTBC on March 15, 2006
Buddy: Well, I thank you, I'm here not only to talk about the songs I've written in the past but I've got a new song. Actually, it's not a new song. It's a lost song. It's a song that we wrote when Bear Bryant died. The name of the song is "The Day Bear Bryant Died". We wrote the song. Then we forgot about it and then some friends of mine encouraged me to try to get something done with it in Tuscaloosa and ,hopefully, you'll be hearing it because...
[a caller to the radio show claims to have so much influence over Paul Finebaum that Buddy is guaranteed a spot on the show by the caller]
Buddy: Oh man! I'd love to be on Finebaum!
Wally: Well Buddy, there goes your career!
Dave: Git 'er done! Git 'er done! Git 'er done! YEAH! We already got Finebaum, man!
Ronnie: You want to tell us a little about it and let us play that song right now?
Buddy: What happened was Ronnie Hammond with the Atlanta Rhythm Section, a guy I write with quite often, and I were at Lake Lanier and it was in January of '83. Bear Bryant had died a couple or three days before.
We came into Lake Lanier and we rented one of those cabins and were sitting there and the funeral procession that was strung with so many people on the side of the road and Keith Jackson talking about it...
Just a wave of emotion came over us and it was one of the most profound things I've ever seen. I was an Alabama fan. Ronnie wasn't a football fan but it even got him and so that day we wrote the song about Bear Bryant.
You know most people think about songwriters awaking in the middle of the night saying, "OH! Boy! I got THIS IDEA!" or they see a sunset and it comes over them and they write this song.
Well, that's not what happens!
Usually it's pretty much, you have an idea and you try to develop that idea.
Almost like writing a book. You have an idea and you try to develop it ...
Yet EVERY BLUE MOON...
Like this song.
Written strictly with emotion at that moment
I'm really proud of it. I played it for a gentleman from Dothan, Alabama by the name of Harrison Parrish, one of the owners of Movie Gallery.
He's big Alabama alumni and I played it for him and got really excited about it and then he played it for Johnny Williams, the assistant athletic director here and he got excited about it and he played it for Tom Stipe and he did.[got excited about it]
We want this to be,
now I'm prejudiced, Ronnie and I wrote that thing!
When you hear the front of the record you're gonna hear Bear but you can barely hear it. The only thing I had was Bear's voice on an old media piece which I don't even have anymore, where you could hear Bear talking but it has so many scratches. It's almost inaudible but still I put it on the front intro of this record and one of the things I want to achieve while I'm here is to possibly get the university to give us a nice clean copy so we can put it on this intro.
So let's listen to it and see...
Dave: So here it is.
Voice over of Coach Bryant:
"I've said this before, of course,
I've said anytime I've had the opportunity that I wouldn't trade places with anyone in the world because of the privilege of being here at The University & passing my time here.
I WILL never put anything against your education. We want that to come first.
ON THE OTHER HAND WE WANT FOOTBALL!!!!
To be second!
We want football to be second!
Because we feel a very strong obligation to you and we feel like you should to The University because it works both ways.
First of all,
we want you to write home!
lyrics of "The Day Bear Bryant Died" by Buddy Buie & Ronnie Hammond
I'll never forget the day
That I heard the news
Bear Bryant has died!!!!
Funny, I thought he'd refuse
I watched as they laid him to rest
In Old Alabama
OH how I cried
The day Bear Bryant died
The Nation Cried
Friend and Foe Alike
The Legend Lives On
THE HERO IS GONE!
Oh how I cried
The Day Bear Bryant died.
The day he was born
GOD gave us one of a kind
& I'm glad he did
'Cause heroes are so hard to find
Many a fine young man
He led into battle
He taught them to win
He turned boys into men
The Nation cried!
Friend & foe alike
The Legend lives on!
The HERO is gone!
OH! How I cried
The Day Bear Bryant Died.
The Nation cried
Friend & Foe alike
The Legend Lives On!
THE HERO IS GONE!
OH! How I cried
The Day Bear Bryant Died.
Wally: Wow! Buddy, that's good!
Dave: That's strong, Buddy!
Ronnie: You got some tears, I guarantee you, out there in radioland!
Buddy: It makes me very emotional.
Wally: Me too.
Ronnie: That was pure emotion from the actual day!
Wally: Do you know if Paul Jr.'s heard it?
Buddy: I don't know whether he has or not.
Buddy: I sure hope that I get a chance to , first of all, just to meet him and play it for him.
I've been an Alabama fan since I was a child.
Buddy: And all my family's Auburn fans.
Dave: I bet that goes over real well at dinner.
Buddy: And we just don't watch the Alabama-Auburn game anywhere near each other!
Wally: I bet! I bet!
Buddy: But my brother's got four kids that graduated from Auburn.
He said,"Buddy, I love that song even though I'm an Auburn fan!"
So, I don't know, my dream is for that song to become an anthem for the university. I'd love to hear that stadium sing "ROLL TIDE!"
Wally: I have got a good friend of mine that I've known for many years named Coach Clem Gryska.
Buddy: Uh huh.
Wally: He used to be on Coach Bryant's staff and he's now over at the Bryant Museum.
Buddy: Oh really!
Wally: You need to hook up with him and see what kind of...
Buddy: Any help I could get to exploit this! Money is not the motive here.
Wally and Dave: No.
Buddy: Because you know, like I told Ronnie[Hammond] when we wrote that song, I said,"Well, that'll never be a commercial record because of the fact that half of the people in Alabama are gonna hate it and half are gonna love it!"
Wally: Well, I loved it!
Buddy: Thank you!
Dave: Yeah, great stuff!
Buddy: Thank you, yeah, I'm proud of that song. I'm as proud of that song as any hit I ever wrote.
Dave: And I think if there's one person who can help you find the audience you're looking for it is Tom Stipe.
Buddy: You know Tom, I was telling off the air, Tom is a great songwriter himself.
Buddy: I just hooked him up with a boy, Jeff Cook, a guitar player with ALABAMA.
ALABAMA is retired now but he's going on with his own career and they're recording Tom's song called "Twenty Toes In The Sand".
Wally: Till you told me that I'd never thought Tom Stipe had ever thought about writing a song.
Buddy: He's really talented.
Dave: Heck of a trombone player.
Buddy: That's what I heard.
Dave: Very good trombone player.
Buddy: That's what I heard, yeah.
Wally: I know people listening know your not here selling records. Is there any way we're gonna get copies of that?
Buddy: Yes, we are...we're gonna.
I don't know the release date but
The Last Song
"The Day Bear Bryant Died",
it's been around since then...
Buddy: And nothing has... I've never tried to exploit it. Now I want to exploit it because, I don't know, it seems like the time is right and I hope the message is right. I'd love to see the people of this town and the students of this town and the school embrace it because Bear Bryant was not only a hero of mine but he taught me lessons. Reading books about him; I just read THE LAST COACH.
Wally: Um huh.
Dave: Great book!
Buddy: God,what a book!
Dave: Great book!
Buddy: And he was right...Like we were talking about singers before, you know I said,"Most of 'em are born. They're not made. They're born. When they open their mouth they sound that way when they start singing", & I believe that Bear was just a human being that could have been a general. I mean people would follow him!
Buddy: You know people hated him but they loved him.
Then later on they'd get out of school...I've read so much, what they said, You know,"God I cussed him. God I hated him but, God, what a man he made out of me!"
Dave: He molded people.
Buddy: "... and how proud I am to played for him."
Wally: One of my best friends in the world is Bob Baumhower.
Buddy: Oh really, yeah!
Wally: Bob and I went to high school and college together.
Buddy: Oh really!
Wally: And if it wasn't for Coach Bryant, Bob would have left the Crimson Tide. He wanted to quit. Was gonna quit.
Buddy: Couldn't take it!
Wally: Coach Bryant, just like a father, took care of him, got him back on the team and, of course, Bob went on to play nine years for the Miami Dolphins.
Buddy: Yeah, he did!
Wally: Well, that never would have happened if it hadn't been for Coach Bryant!
Buddy: You know I don't know too many people that... I've never been in the military but you never hear people talk about their drill sargents that way. They hated them!
But he could treat people the same way and put 'em through their paces and they ended up loving him.
Buddy: So what a leader he was!
Wally: Now you gonna let us know how we can get a record?
Buddy: You bet I'll let you know!
As a matter of fact, my "Boswell" in town is a man named Robert Register. He's sitting over there smiling.
Buddy: Robert lives here in Tuscaloosa and he's going to head up the sales of this.
Dave: There's "Two Cents Worth" coming in here!
Everybody: All right! Thank you! Thank you!
Wally: Appreciate that, Robert!
And I know we have listeners who'd love to have a copy of that!
Buddy: Well, we will definitely make it available. Does anybody know who sang that song?
Wally and Dave: Uh uh.
Buddy: Ronnie Hammond, the lead singer of the Atlanta Rhythm Section!
Wally: Is that who it was?
Buddy: And so we're hoping that in the fall we can work one of the fraternities or something of that kind, get the band to come to town & Ronnie is retired now but I called him the other day.
He said,"Man, if you could get that going at the university, I'll come up and I'll sing that song!"
So we'd love...
Buddy: We'd love to have an ARS concert here and bring Hammond back to sing that song!
Dave: WHOO! BOY!
Wally: We're gonna get you on Catfish Country here in a minute over there on the FM side, if you'll stick around.
Buddy: I'll stick around.
Wally: I wanted to bring this up to you. I see where "Spooky" sold over 4 million & "Stormy" sold over 3 million...
Buddy: You mean not "Sold" but "Played".
Wally: Played! O.K., played..."Traces" - over 6 million times played. Performance awards.
Dave: And those are all BMI awards.
Wally: So in all your library of stuff, how many times they've been played or how many copies sold, do you ever keep up with that?
Buddy: I don't keep up with copies sold because after the initial sale of a record, the first year, you'll sell 95 per cent of that record. Now then it goes on and gets recorded by other people and sells...
"Traces" has been cut 70 or 80 different times, everybody from Montovani to, you know, a lot of the big classic artists have recorded it.
Dave: "Mighty Clouds of Joy" is another one, B.J. Thomas and Al Green both had a hit with it.
Buddy: Yep. Yeap.
Wally: Not to get too personal with your finances or anything, but how residual checks work, do they come in once a year or every month? How does that work?
Buddy: You get paid twice a year from...
There are two streams of income for a songwriter.
One, I think this is interesting that songwriters are guaranteed their...
how can I put this?
Songwriters were included in the Constitution of the United States. It covered patents and copyrights.
Wally: I didn't know that!
Buddy: It's in the Constitution. The patents and copyrights. Intellectual property at the time was protected because, you know, they had the U.S. Patent Office & the U.S. Copyright Office.
Buddy: So they set what we call a "statuatory rate" for every copy sold. On an album now a song earns about ten cents. If there's twelve songs on a album, somebody's paying,for every album sold, ten cents for those albums.
Wally: Per cent?
Buddy: Per cent.
Wally: Um huh.
Buddy: The other way is performance by getting played on the radio and that's two sources there:
Broadcast Music Incorporated and ASCAP and SEESAC.
In the past, they kept up with how much every record was played because you guys know this:
You had the log.
Dave: That's right! I filled out a bunch of BMI logs in my time!
Buddy: Exactly! & when you log, you only log like once a year. Right?
Wally & Dave: Uh huh.
Buddy: & what happened was they did like a political poll. They would take samples from different areas of the country every day and through that they could compute.
Basically, all those political polls are pretty accurate.
Wally & Dave: Uh huh.
Buddy: & it was that way. Now each song, now when it's played, I don't know what it's called, has an ID of some kind. The satellite....
Wally: They can track it.
Buddy: Yeah, tracks it! So we know exactly...
Wally: How many times!
Buddy: & now its sales are all computerized the minute it's sold so it's good one way but you can't tell any fibs anymore!
Buddy: They've got scientific data.
Dave: There you go!
Wally: Buddy, but if you're ever back this way come over. I've got some more questions for you. We just got it started this morning.
Buddy : I'd love to come back & I'd love for you people in Tuscaloosa to help me make "The Day Bear Bryant Died" an Alabama anthem!
Wally: This morning show is going to get behind that!
Dave: We'll do it, Buddy!
Buddy: Thank you so much!
Dave: Thank you for coming by!
Wally: THE LEGENDARY BUDDY BUIE!
WITH US TODAY!
ALL RIGHTEE THEN! THAT WAS 8 THE 17 MINUTE 34 SECOND INTERVIEW BUDDY HAD WITH WALLY AND DAVE CONCERNING "THE DAY BEAR BRYANT DIED" ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2006.