Buzz Cason

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Buzz Cason
Birth name James E. Cason
Also known as Gary Miles (as singer)
Born (1939-11-27) November 27, 1939 (age 74)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Occupations Singer, songwriter and producer
Years active 1960s-present
Associated acts The Crickets

James E. "Buzz" Cason (born November 27, 1939, Nashville, Tennessee, United States)[1] is an American rock singer, songwriter, producer and author.

He was a founding members of The Casuals, Nashville's first rock and roll band.[1] Together with Richard Williams and Hugh Jarrett of The Jordanaires he recorded as The Statues for Liberty. In 1960, Cason started a solo career under the pseudonym Garry Miles, and had a number 16 hit in 1960 with "Look For A Star".[1]

In 1962 he worked as Snuff Garrett's assistant in Los Angeles. During this period, he and Leon Russell, then a session musician, produced The Crickets in a version of the song "La Bamba". The song did well in the UK and he toured with the group.[1] In Nashville he also worked for arranger Bill Justis. Later, he wrote songs together with Bobby Russell, and both ran a publishing and record company until 1974.[1]

His biggest hit as a writer, with Mac Gayden, was the song "Everlasting Love", recorded originally by Robert Knight,[1] which was a number 1 hit in the UK when covered by the Love Affair in January 1968.[2] Carl Carlton's version was a number 6 hit in the US in 1974, and has logged over five million plays, according to BMI.[citation needed]

Cason was also a backing singer for Elvis Presley and Kenny Rogers. In 1970, he founded 'Creative Workshop', a recording studio, where Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed, Merle Haggard, The Judds, The Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Olivia Newton-John recorded material.[1] Since the mid-1980s he had his own rockabilly-styled group, 'B.C. & the Dartz' who released some albums.[3] Cason is still writing and producing songs.

His book, Living the Rock'N'Roll Dream: The Adventures of Buzz Cason (2004),[1] is about music, freedom and adventure and sheds light on the events and careers that shaped the early days of rock and roll.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Buzz Cason - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. 1939-11-27. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 331. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Unterberger, Richie (2007-08-27). "Rhythm Bound on an American Saturday Night - Buzz Cason : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 

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