Buzz Cason

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Buzz Cason
Birth nameJames E. Cason
Also known asGarry Miles (as singer)
Born (1939-11-27) November 27, 1939 (age 79)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresMale
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter and producer
Years active1960s-present
Associated actsThe Crickets, Brenda Lee, Jimmy Buffett
Websitebuzzcason.com

James E. "Buzz" Cason (born November 27, 1939 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States)[1] is an American rock singer, songwriter, record 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 American Robert Knight,[1] the UK’s Love Affair cover version was a number one hit there in January 1968.[2] Carl Carlton's version was a number 6 hit in the US in 1974, and according to BMI has logged over five million plays.[citation needed] In 1968 the Australian band The Town Criers took their version of the song to #2 in that country’s charts.

"Everlasting Love" is one of two songs to have entered the Billboard Hot 100 top 40 in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and is the only song to have become a UK top 40 hit in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, reaching the top 20 in every decade except the 1980s.

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 has 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.

His 1962 song, "Soldier of Love" - a co-write - was covered by The Beatles, Live at the BBC, as well as recorded by Marshall Crenshaw.

In 1968 Cason released the single "Adam and Eve" which he both wrote and produced. Despite poor chart performance in his home country, it managed to reach #21 in Australia where it was released by EMI on the "Stateside" label, serial number OSS-8456.

References[edit]

  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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