Famed Nashville Drummer Buddy Harman Dead at 79

I’m going to have to make a concerted effort to not become the “dead guy” blogger on this site, seeing as how my last three posts including this one have been to report recent deaths, but I couldn’t let this one slide.

Murray M. “Buddy” Harman Jr. passed away yesterday at the age of 79 from congestive heart failure.  Harman was a legendary Nashville session musician who has been called the “father of modern country music drumming,” having performed session work on over 18,000 recordings in the last 40 years.  While that is truly an impressive and prolific number of recordings, what’s more impressive is the list of classic hits he helped bring to the world.  Here is a small sample of some of his best known work:

“Little Sister” – Elvis Presley

“Viva Las Vegas” – Elvis Presley

“King of the Road” – Roger Miller

“Oh Pretty Woman” – Roy Orbison

“Only The Lonely” – Roy Orbison

“Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn

“Ring of Fire” – Johnny Cash

“Stand By Your Man” – Tammy Wynette

“I’m Sorry” – Brenda Lee

“Crazy” – Patsy Cline

“Walking After Midnight” – Patsy Cline

“Bye Bye Love” – The Everly Brothers

“Cathy’s Clown” – The Everly Brothers

“Crazy Arms” – Ray Price

“The Battle of New Orleans” – Johnny Horton

“The Boxer” – Simon and Garfunkel

With 18,000 recordings under his belt, the list definitely continues, but I think you get the point about what a huge mark this man made on country and popular music in general.  RIP, Buddy.  Thanks for leaving us with the gift of your music.

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One Response to Famed Nashville Drummer Buddy Harman Dead at 79

  1. No worries. All of the passings are worth noting. I meant to write more on Isaac Hayes but was very busy the day he died. I will probably do a real piece on him at some point in the near future.

    But, since you seem to have an RSS feed from some celebrity death site, I’ve changed your user name to MorbidJason666.

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