Songwriter, Music Producer ‘Buddy’ Buie Dies in Alabama

Perry “Buddy” Buie, a songwriter and producer who helped form the Atlanta Rhythm Section and then fuel its success with the lyrics he wrote for the band, has died. He was 74.

Buie died Saturday, said Chip Chapman, owner of Chapman Funeral Home in Eufaula, Alabama, which is handling arrangements. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Eufaula, the funeral home said.

Singer Rodney Justo, one of the band’s original members, remembers how Buie brought him and other musicians together to form the Atlanta Rhythm Section in the early 1970s.

“He calls me one day, and he says ‘I have an idea Rodney, and I’d like you to be a part of it,'” Justo recalled on Sunday. “He said ‘I want to get all the top musicians in the South, put them together and build a super group.”

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