Buddy Starcher

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Buddy Starcher
Birth name Oby Edgar Starcher
Born (1906-03-16)March 16, 1906
Origin Ripley, West Virginia
Died November 2, 2001(2001-11-02) (aged 95)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1946-1967
Labels 4 Star, Boone

Buddy Starcher (born Oby Edgar Starcher, 16 March 1906, Ripley, West Virginia — died 2 November 2001, Harrisonburg, Virginia) was an American country singer. He starred on his own show on WCHS-TV from 1960 to 1966. However, he is best known for his 1966 spoken word recording entitled "History Repeats Itself", written with Minnie Pearl and released on Boone Records. The track recounts uncanny similarities between the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, accompanied by a musical background featuring "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "America the Beautiful".[1]

The single hit No. 39 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart[2] and the album of the same name from which it was drawn peaked at No. 37 on the U.S. Country Albums chart.[3]



Year Album US Country Label
1962 Buddy Starcher and His Mountain Guitar Starday
1966 History Repeats Itself 37 Decca
1967 Just Buddy and His Guitar No. 1 Bluebonnet
Country Soul and Inspiration Heartwarming
1986 Me and My Guitar (Bootleg Re-issue of 1967 album for Bluebonnet) Old Homestead


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US
1949 "I'll Still Write Your Name in the Sand" 8 single only
1966 "History Repeats Itself" 2 39 History Repeats Itself
"Day of Decision" 131


  1. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2009-04-20). "Flukes of the Universe". Slate. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  3. ^ Buddy Starcher at Allmusic.com
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 848. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.