Songwriter, music producer ‘Buddy’ Buie dies in Alabama

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — Perry “Buddy” Buie, a songwriter and producer who helped form the Atlanta Rhythm Section and worked with artists like Roy Orbison, has died. He was 74.

Chapman Funeral Home owner Chip Chapman, whose Eufaula, Alabama, funeral home is handling arrangements, said Buie died Saturday. Funeral arrangements were still being finalized.

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s biography states that Buie, a native of Dothan, Alabama, created many of his songs in a small fishing trailer on a creek in the Eufaula area.

The biography credits him with writing hundreds of songs and also helping to assemble the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The band said on its Facebook page that Buie “was the force that produced, wrote for, managed, and led the way for us to become The Atlanta Rhythm Section.”

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