Buddy Harman

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Buddy Harman
Birth name Murrey Mizell Harman, Jr.
Born December 23, 1928,
Nashville, Tennessee
Died August 21, 2008(2008-08-21) (aged 79)
Nashville, Tennessee
Occupation(s) Drummer, session musician
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, many others
Notable instruments
Drums and Bass Guitar

Murrey Mizell "Buddy" Harman, Jr. (December 23, 1928 – August 21, 2008) was an American country music session musician.


Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Harman played drums on over 18,000 sessions for artists such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Songwriter Larry Petree, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Connie Francis, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Ray Price, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Barbara Mandrell, Eddy Arnold, Perry Como, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, and many more.[1]


Harman was the first regular drummer on the Grand Ole Opry.[2] Some of Harman's awards include "Drummer of the Year" in 1981 from the Academy of Country Music and "Super Picker" Award for drums on the most No. 1 recordings from the Nashville NARAS chapter in 1975 and 1976.[3]


Harman died at the Hospice Center in Nashville from congestive heart failure at the age of 79.[2]

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  1. ^ Rumble, John (1998). "Buddy Harman". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 228-9.
  2. ^ a b Friskics-Warren, Bill (August 22, 2008). Buddy Harman, 79, Busy Nashville Drummer, Is Dead . The New York Times
  3. ^ Buddy Harman profile via Drummer World

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