I have no clue where this video came from, but somebudy out there in cyberland put this thing together or cut it from some '60's film? Buddy wanted me to send this to you.
Heads up all you radioheads. I’m on cloud 9 right now - know why? I just got off the phone with Buddy Buie, songwriter extraordinaire, who also happens to live on scenic Lake Eufaula.
You can’t really write the Southern rock history book without including at least a chapter on Buddy. The dude wrote such hits as “Spooky” (performed by the Classics IV) and “So Into You” (played by the Atlanta Rhythm Section) - bluesy Southern standards so smooth and sweet, they melt in your mouth like silky divinity candy.
And considering he’ll be inducted in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia this March, the Dothan native is feeling pretty jaunty himself. Buddy was inducted in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1984 (the same year I checked into Helen Keller Hospital, located just down the street from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame), but he will be inducted in his home state’s HOF this year under the “Music Creator” division (go figure!)
“Nice” and “personable” were the words I had heard used to describe Buddy. But those descriptions actually pale in comparison to the open, friendly, down-to-earth guy I chatted with over the phone.
“Fish, eat and sleep,” Buddy ticked off his favorite activities with a hearty laugh. The songwriter penned some of his most famous hits in a single-wide house trailer on Thomas Mill Creek and he still lives on the lake he loves - Lake Eufaula - with the woman he loves - his wife of 37 years, Gloria.
During our interview, Buddy gave me a sort of “Songwriting 101” crash course over the telephone. He told me some funny stories about how he was inspired to write some of his most famous songs like “So Into You”.
“Back in the 70s, we had this catchphrase … We would say, ‘I’m so into this’ or ‘I’m so into that’, so I thought, hey, wouldn’t it be cool if I wrote a song called ‘So Into You’?”
The Classics IV signature song “Spooky” was actually taken from a rather established jazz standard, Buddy explained, and the Classics’ hit song “Traces”, “was written about my wife … way back when I was in high school,” said Buddy.
Buddy got his start at songwriting and producing as a young kid back in D-town. He lured his long-time-friend-to-be, rock pioneer Roy Orbison, to town with a mere $650.
“Roy was my ticket out of Dothan,” chuckled Buddy. “He was from a tiny town called Wink, Texas and I think that made him relate to me and the other boys (in our band called The Webs). Roy had a song called ‘Candyman’, so pretty soon we started calling ourselves the ‘Candymen’.”
The Candymen backed Orbison throughout his career.
And it wasn’t too long before members of the Candymen and the Classics IV merged to create the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
Buddy spoke fondly of his old friend, Roy.
“Roy was the sweetest human being I’ve ever met. He had this song called ‘If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Don’t Say Anything at All’ … Roy was one of those people. I never heard him say a bad thing about anyone.”
Buddy recently traveled to Cleveland for the HOF’s 25th anniversary (Orbison was one of the first rock ‘n’ rollers to be inducted in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. He died in 1988, just following his induction ceremony in 1987.)
By the way, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 is shaping up to be a good one: Genesis, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies and ABBA will soon take their place among rock’s immortals during the induction ceremonies in March.
Now, every year, music nuts (like me) whine and complain about the HOF’s choices: Why did so and so get inducted before so and so? Why did so and so not get inducted? Why wasn’t so and so inducted sooner?
Well, I’m not going to spare you my bellyaching this year either. Genesis and the Stooges’ inductions are a little overdue … for the Hollies, it’s way overdue. Oh, and also why wasn’t ABBA inducted right along with The Bee Gees and Earth, Wind & Fire?
And where is Kool & The Gang, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Canned Heat, Warren Zevon and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the 2010 graduating class? And, while we’re on the subject, why isn’t the Atlanta Rhythm Section in the HOF?
Oh well, there’s always next year …
Fortunately, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s induction list is a bit more to my liking. Buddy Buie will be honored along with several more musically inclined Alabamians this March - among them Eddie Levert (a Bessemer native) of the O’Jays (who are also Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame alumni) and The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Both the O’Jays and The Blind Boys of Alabama were featured in the superb Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles movie “The Fighting Temptations”. (If you like gospel and the blues, go out and pick up this movie - you won’t be disappointed.)
Keep reading and keep rocking.
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s induction show will be March 25, in the Convention Center in Montgomery.