Instruments: Songwriter, Producer
Place of Birth: Dothan, Alabama

1997 Music Creator's Award

Buddy Buie's career started in his hometown of Dothan with boyhood friend Bobby Goldsboro who had formed a band known as the Webs. The band learned that Roy Orbison would be coming to Dothan, they learned his songs so well that Roy asked them to become his touring band. Thus, the Candymen were born and Buie became Orbison's tour manager as well.

Buie had been writing songs for the Webs and this continued with the Candymen and Roy Orbison. In 1965, Buie moved to Atlanta to expand his career. Bill Lowery introduced Buie to a young group called the Classics IV.

Buie quickly established himself as one of the most sought after producers in the pop field with smash hits by Billy Joe Royal and B.J. Thomas as well as "Spooky" and "Stormy" for the Classics IV. Buie's association with Bill Lowery continued to flourish with the building of the legendary Studio One recording facility in Doraville, Ga.

In 1970, Buie brought together already successful session musicians to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section which smoothed out Southern rock's rough edges with studio sophistication. ARS eventually gained world acclaim as the quintessential southern rock band with hits such as "So In To You' and "Imaginary Lover."

Buie may have made his home in Atlanta but his heart and his inspiration for hit songs remains in Alabama. Two Atlanta Rhythm Section songs make reference to the area of Dothan. The Champagne Jam album has a song called "Lois Malone" that mentions Dothan. The song "Dog Days" on the album of the same name mentions White Oak Creek in Eufaula. Almost all of the Atlanta Rhythm Section songs were written at Buie's place on the lake near Eufaula, Alabama

Information gathered from a newspaper article

by Carrie Alexander

Dothan Eagle - Dothan, Alabama
July 18, 1997


Chart Songs as a Songwriter

Song Title Recording Artist Chart* Year
Rock Bottom Wynonna Judd 2 1994
Traces Classics IV 2 1969
Traces Lettermen 3 1969
Spooky Classics IV 3 1968
Stormy Classics IV 5 1969
Imaginary Lover Atlanta Rhythm Section 7 1978
So In To You Atlanta Rhythm Section 7 1977
What Am I Crying For? Classics IV 7 1972
Mighty Clouds Of Joy B.J. Thomas 8 1971
Do It Or Die Atlanta Rhythm Section 11 1979
Funniest Thing Classics IV 11 1970
Everyday With You Girl Classics IV 12 1969
I Take It Back Sandy Posey 12 1967
I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight Atlanta Rhythm Section 14 1978
Where Did All The Good Times Go Classics IV 14 1970
Spooky Atlanta Rhythm Section 17 1979
Midnight Classics IV 23 1969
Change Of Heart Classics IV 25 1969
Stormy Atlanta Rhythm Section 32 1979
Rosanna Classics IV 35 1973
Doraville Atlanta Rhythm Section 36 1974
Most Of All B.J. Thomas 38 1971
Neon Nights Atlanta Rhythm Section 39 1977

*Chart position is based on Billboard Magazine Pop, Country, R&B, & A/C Charts. Other music industry charts may have shown higher chart positions.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Buddy Buie is a songwriter, producer, and publisher. He is most commonly associated with Roy Orbison, The Classics IV and The Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Buddy was born in the small town of Dothan, Alabama and moved on to pay his dues in New York City. Eventually he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he spent most of his career. However, nearly all the songs written by Buie and his co-writers were conceived in Eufaula, Alabama on Thomas Mill Creek where Buddy had a small fishing trailer (Eufaula is only a 3-hour drive from Atlanta and a 1-hour drive from Dothan, making it a convenient location).

He is most well-known as a prolific song-writer, with 340 songs registered in the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) catalog. In fact, Buie's "Traces" (performed by The Classics IV) was at one point the 34th Most Performed Song in BMI History.

Buddy Buie is a member of both the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (1984) and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame (1997).

Buddy Buie's contemporary work includes Rock Bottom for Wynonna Judd and Mr. Midnight for Garth Brooks. Notable artists that have covered his songs include Gloria Estefan ("Traces"), Travis Tritt ("Back Up Against the Wall" and "Homesick"), David Sanborn ("Spooky"), and Carlos Santana ("Stormy"). Most recently John Legend used "Stormy" as the backing track on the single "Save Room", earning Buie a writer's credit.

Buie's music has also been used in films, most notably "Lost in Translation" ("So into You") and "Just like Heaven" ("Spooky"). "So Into You" was also featured in a commercial for Texas Pete hot sauce.

In 2003, Buddy left Atlanta and retired to Eufaula, just miles from the birthplace of the songs that built his career.





Manager, producer and publisher Buddy Buie is best known to the mainstream public as a prolific songwriter. A staple behind-the-scenes player in the ‘60s and ‘70s Pop and Rock scenes, and later in the ‘90s Country revival, Buie has worked with everyone from Roy Orbison to Garth Brooks.

A native of Dothan, AL., Buie moved to Georgia in 1965 to grow his music career. The move proved fruitful and he was soon working with Bill Lowery and the Classics IV. Along with J.R. Cobb, Buie wrote songs like “Spooky,” “Stormy,” “Traces,” and “Everyday With You Girl” for the Classics IV.

Buie operated his own recording studio, which became Studio One, a state-of-the-art facility in Doraville, Ga., where Buie produced for B.J. Thomas, Tommy Roe, Roy Orbison and Billy Joe Royal. During the 1960s, he had produced more than 20 chart topping records.

Buie and Cobb grew their partnership from songwriting to producing the Atlanta Rhythm Section, a Southern Rock and R&B hybrid band that critics would soon proclaim as the “quintessential American Band.” ARS’s stage act focused on music, not gimmicks or flashy costumes, and under Buie’s management the band’s sound evolved and their career was marked by gigs at the Carter administration’s White House.

The Buie-Geller Organization was formed in 1978, a management company who garnered success with ARS and newcomer Alicia Bridges, whose disco hit “I Love the Nightlife,” stormed the airwaves.

Buie continued to churn out lyrical gems in the ‘90s with Garth Brooks’ “Mr. Midnight” and Wynonna Judd’s “Rock Bottom”. His works have been covered by Gloria Estefan and Travis Tritt, and sampled in Neo-Soul crooner John Legend’s “Save Room.”




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