Buddy Charleton

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Buddy Charleton
Buddy Charleton performing Cool it on The Ernest Tubb Show.
Background information
Birth name Elmer Lee Charleton, Jr
Born (1938-03-06)March 6, 1938
New Market, Virginia, United States
Died January 25, 2011(2011-01-25) (aged 72)
Locust Grove, Virginia, United States
Genres country, country jazz
Occupation(s) musician, music teacher
Instruments pedal steel guitar
Years active 1962–1973
Labels Decca, Bear Family Records

Elmer Lee "Buddy" Charleton (March 6, 1938 – January 25, 2011), was an American country musician and teacher.[1] Known primarily for his work as a pedal steel guitarist in Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours band, Charleton played on numerous songs such as Waltz across Texas and instrumentals Cool it, Honey Fingers, Almost to Tulsa and Rhodesway Boogie.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Cooper, Peter (January 26, 2011). "Pedal steel great Buddy Charleton dies at 72". The Tennessean. Retrieved April 11, 2012. From the spring of 1962 until the fall of 1973, Mr. Charleton was a featured Troubadour, playing crucial steel licks on Tubb's classic honky-tonk material 
  2. ^ Bauer, Patricia (2012). "Buddy Charleton". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 11, 2012. American country musician who was regarded as one of country music's preeminent steel guitar players 
  3. ^ McArdle, Terence (January 27, 2011). "Buddy Charleton dies; Washington steel guitarist influenced generations". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2012. Buddy Charleton, the steel guitarist whose work with Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, influenced several generations of musicians 
  4. ^ McArdle, Terence (February 2, 2011). "Steel guitarist Buddy Charleton dies at 72". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 

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