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.

External video
Oral History, Buddy Harman reflects on the early days in Nashville when recording artists transitioned into using drums, and being in the right place at the right time. Interview date July 11, 2003, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library
External video
Oral History, Buddy Harman Jr. reflects on his father's innovative techniques. Interview date July 17, 2009, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library
External video
Oral History, Murrey Harman recalls the time his father performed at his middle school dressed in a gorilla suit. Interview date July 17, 2009, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library


Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Harman played drums on over 18,000 sessions for artists such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Songwriter Larry Petree, Martha Carson,[1] 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.[2]


Harman was the first regular drummer on the Grand Ole Opry.[3] 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.[4]


Harman died at the Hospice Center in Nashville from congestive heart failure at the age of 79.[3]

Selected discography[edit]


Artist Song title Date US
Elvis Presley[5] I Need Your Love Tonight 1958 4
Elvis Presley I Got Stung 1958 8
Brenda Lee Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree 1958 14
Brenda Lee Sweet Nothin's 1959 4
Brenda Lee Jambalaya (On the Bayou) 1959 14
Brenda Lee Let's Jump the Broomstick 1959 14
Johnny Horton The Battle of New Orleans 1959 1
Everly Brothers (Till) I Kissed You 1959 4
Ray Price Heartaches by the Number 1959 2
Elvis Presley A Big Hunk o' Love 1959 1
Elvis Presley (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I 1959 2 R&B
Everly Brothers Cathy's Clown 1960 1
Brenda Lee I'm Sorry 1960 1 4
Brenda Lee That's All You Gotta Do 1960 6 19
Elvis Presley Stuck on You 1960 1
Elvis Presley It's Now or Never (song) 1960 1
Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight? 1960 1
Elvis Presley Surrender 1960 1
Roy Orbison[6] Only the Lonely 1960 2
Roy Orbison Running Scared 1960 1
Elvis Presley Little Sister 1961 5
Elvis Presley I Feel So Bad 1961 5
Elvis Presley (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame 1961 4
Elvis Presley Good Luck Charm 1961 1
Patsy Cline[7] Crazy 1961 9
Roy Orbison Crying 1962 2
Roy Orbison Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) 1962 4
Patsy Cline Imagine That 1962 90 21
Patsy Cline Heartaches 1962 73
Patsy Cline So Wrong 1962 85 14
Patsy Cline When I Get Thru with You 1962 53 10
Patsy Cline She's Got You 1962 14 1
Patsy Cline Leavin' on Your Mind 1963 83 8
Johnny Cash Ring of Fire 1963 17 1
Roy Orbison In Dreams 1963 7 3
Roy Orbison Distant Drums 1963
Roy Orbison It's Over 1964 9 1
Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman 1964 1
Elvis Presley Viva Las Vegas 1964 29
Roger Miller[8] Dang Me 1964 7 1
Roger Miller Chug-a-Lug 1964 9 3
Roger Miller King of the Road 1965 4
Tammy Wynette Stand by Your Man 1968 19 1
Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter 1970 100 1


With Kai Winding

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.hankwilliamslistings.com/sims-5.htm
  2. ^ Rumble, John (1998). "Buddy Harman". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 228-9.
  3. ^ a b Friskics-Warren, Bill (August 22, 2008). Buddy Harman, 79, Busy Nashville Drummer, Is Dead . The New York Times
  4. ^ Buddy Harman profile via Drummer World
  5. ^ Jorgensen, Ernst, Elvis Presley: A Life in Music, The Complete Recording sessions, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1998
  6. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Roy-Orbison-The-Monument-Singles-Collection-1960-1964/release/3646494
  7. ^ http://www.angelfire.com/tn2/bobloyce/cline2.html
  8. ^ http://countrydiscography.blogspot.com/2012/10/roger-miller.html

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