HEY Y'ALL:This is serious business!!!!
Some of ya'll downhome [i.e. like somebody in the studio on the Columbia Highway] need to burn a CD of both of Buddy Buie's interviews he's doing tomorrow morning and shoot the mp3s to me so I can transcribe them. This is very important so please remember to do this for me.
Buddy will appear on Phil Paramore's Talkin' Sports
at 7:30 A.M. on WOOF AM 560 The Ball.
At 8:00 A.M. he will appear on Amy D. In The A.M. on WOOF FM 99.7
Somebody remember to record this for me!
Got the news just while ago that Phil Walden
died yesterday in his home in Atlanta. http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=peopleNews&storyid=2006-04-24T231047Z_01_N24339653_RTRIDST_0_PEOPLE-WALDEN-DC.XML
I remember sitting in John & Judy Rue's house back in high school listening to John's stories about how fellow Mercer alum Phil Walden promoted Otis Redding & The Pine Toppers
. All of us in "Cuba, Alabama" wish to convey our condolences to the Walden family. You are in our prayers.
Below you will find a super Dothan Rec Center story by Ray Hutto and next installment of Buddy's April 13 interview with Paul Finebaum.
Been reading about Buddy Buie and enjoying it too. I never knew Buddy personally but knew his bro. Jerry and his Mom and Dad. My bro. went to school with him though at DHS.
I have a little story to tell about Mr. Buie.
Back in the early 60s me and Max (bongo) Tyson use to go to the Rec Center every Sat. nite when there was a band there. We were probably 14 or 15 and I remember one nite that Buddy had a band there and the place was packed. Well, when the band went on one of their breaks, Max and I was standing at the door and Buddy was standing there too. He asked Max to go and get the band some cokes and gave him a $5 dollar bill. So, when Max comes back and gives Buddy the change he takes it and throws it on the dance floor and says "aint this a hell of a night" and walks off. That was the last time I saw Buddy but remember him well. And those were really good times at Rec center too. Dance Dance Dance with all them pretty girls.
The third installment of Buddy Buie's interview on the April 13 Paul Finebaum Show http://finebaum.com
[play a recording of "The Day Bear Bryant Died"]
Paul: Wow! Buddy Buie! "The Day Bear Bryant Died" ! An extraordinary song!
Buddy, how did it come about?
Buddy: Ronnie Hammond, the lead singer of the Atlanta Rhythm Section and I were at Lake Lanier staying in a ...
We rented a place to write for an upcoming Atlanta Rhythm Section album and it was in January of '83. Bear'd just died and Keith Jackson was narrating the procession and people lined up and down the road. Well, like, you know, usually a songwriter...
I'm a professional songwriter. Like I don't see a sunset and write a song about a sunset. This is an exception to the rule. We heard this song...
I mean we saw the parade, I mean, the procession.
God, I'm saying all the wrong words.
Paul: I understand.
Buddy: We saw the procession. It was not a parade!
Paul: It could have been.
Buddy: And we started writing.
Matter of fact, we didn't write for the Atlanta Rhythm Section at all that day. Later on, demo-ed it and ...
then we basically just forgot it because it was never meant to be a commercial endeavor and Harrison Parrish, one of the founders of MOVIE GALLERY http://www.moviegallery.com/
He's a friend of mine. He and his girlfriend were at our house one night and I played "The Day Bear Bryant Died".
He said,"Man, you gotta do something with THAT!"
He introduced me to people at the university 'cause I didn't know anybody there. I used to book bands at the Sigma Nu house at the university and go up there but I didn't know anybody there so he introduce me around and one thing led to another and right now, this song..
We're gonna give a lot of the proceeds of this song to the Bear Bryant Museum.
Paul: Other than your interview on Ronnie Quarles' station, that song has never been heard outside of Tuscaloosa until today?
Buddy: It hasn't.
Paul: It needs to be.
Buddy: My dream is to be in Bryant-Denny Stadium and the whole crowd sings along with the chorus!
Buddy: That's my dream!
Paul: I was somewhat facetious about a song we played about that time but THAT is an extraordinary song!
Buddy: Thank you so much! I hope the BAMA Nation will look for it because it's gonna be coming out in mid August , right before football season and we hope to have the Atlanta Rhythm Section and a couple more people go up to the university and play before one of the games. We really want to promote it. Not only to help the Bryant Museum and CTSM [ed. note: Crimson Tide Sports Marketing]
We just want Bear's vision, Bear's memory to live on.
Paul: Buddy Buie's with us and we've certainly talked about his career as a producer and a songwriter. We've played "Spooky" and "Traces" and "Imaginary Lover" and so many of the famous songs that you have written and produced.
People've been waiting for a while. We want to give people around our listening audience an opportunity to visit with you. We don't have a lot of time for calls but we'll try to get to as many as possible.
Catherine, you're on with Buddy Buie.
Catherine? Not working here. Let me try George in Geneva. Go ahead.
George: Hello, Paul.
George: Just wanted to call and say, Paul, I'm a fan of the show. Listen regularly.
Sometimes I wonder what some of the topics have to do with sports. I'm a big sports fan but one thing I love equally as sports is music and ,particularly, a big Southern Rock fan.
Grew up in the 70s. A big ARS fan and a big Buddy Buie fan. I read the jackets of the albums and I'm familiar with a lot of the names.
Buddy: Thank you.
George: Knew Buddy was from the same part of the country I was from or I am from...
Work with a guy who is married to a cousin of Dean Daughtry who I think is from Andalusia or Opp...
Buddy: He is.
George: That area...
Buddy: He is.
George: Thanks for the music. I've enjoyed it all my life and proud for you to have contributed what you have to the music industy but Paul.
Appreciate you having Buddy on.
Paul: It's our pleasure.
George: I think you hit a homerun with this one, particularly for me.
Paul: Well, thanks. I appreciate the call. Hate to run but we want to get a few more folks on.
Catherine is on with Buddy Buie.
Go right ahead, Catherine.
Catherine: Hey, I'm so sorry that my phone...
Paul: Go right ahead!
Catherine: I just wanted to tell you, Buie, that I am one of the biggest fans of you because my whole life...
I used to play all those Dennis Yost music.
Buddy: Um hum.
Catherine: I don't know whether you were with them at Samford in 1974 where they had a concert.
Buddy: I don't...
You know, there's been so many concerts, so many dates, I don't remember. I probably was though.
Catherine: I wanna tell you that all of your music is really sexy!
Paul: Let's listen to "Stormy". This is one of your biggest hits, I guess.
Buddy: Yes, one of the big hits by Dennis Yost & The Classics IV.
[play a recording of "Stormy"]
Paul: Wow! He belted that one out, didn't he!
Buddy: He's a great singer!
Paul: Whoa! That leaves me breathless! Buddy Buie is our guest. You've heard...
I'm shook up! ALL SHOOK UP!
Joe is next with Buddy Buie. Go right ahead, Joe.
Joe: Paul, a great thing you got here with Buddy and it's really been enjoyable.
Buddy: Yes, sir!
Joe: When is the last time that you wrote a song and is it possible with your background, I mean, can you get into what we're hearing today to the point that it might be popular again?
Buddy: To be perfectly honest with you, a lot of music of today, Hip Hop & Rap, I give 'em their props. I give 'em all the respect in the world because they figured a way to communicate with the world but they don't communicate with me very well and probably my music probably doesn't communicate with them.
Joe: Well, have you stopped writing?
Buddy: No, I've not stopped writing. I don't write like I used to 'cause it messes with my fishin' and my traveling.
Paul: His newest hit's gonna be "The Ballad of Paul Finebaum"!
LAUGHTER [Now you can really hear Gloria Buie laughing]
Joe: One last question and I'm gonna run, Paul's got a bunch of people...
Do you watch "American Idol"?
Buddy: Oh, I certainly do, I'm a Taylor fan, too, Man!
Paul: When are they gonna do "Buddy Buie Songs"?
Buddy: Well, I don't know but I wish they would!
Paul: Taylor could do a few of your songs.
Buddy: YOU KNOW TAYLOR!
YOU GOTTA TALK TO HIM!
Joe, appreciate it.
We'll come back but we're not gonna have enough time today. We're gonna have to get Buddy back.
Back after this.
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 newsBear 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 diedROLL TIDE!!!!ROLL TIDE!!!!
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 bornGOD
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 menROLL TIDE!!!!ROLL TIDE!!!!
The Nation cried!
Friend & foe alike
The Legend lives on!
The HERO is gone!
OH! How I cried
The Day Bear Bryant Died.ROLL TIDE!!!!
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.