Buddy Harman 1928-2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Buddy Harman died Thursday evening from congestive heart failure. He was 79 years old. Now, you may be saying.. who? Well, you may not know him by name, but you most certainly have heard his work.

Eddie Stubbs was quoted saying ""If anybody could be called the father of modern country drumming, it would be Buddy. He defined the role of the drums in country music. No matter the song, he knew what to play. More importantly, he knew what not to play. Always."

It is said that his drum playing has been recorded on more than 18,000 recordings. Among those songs were some of country music's greatest hits ever. Patsy Cline's "Crazy," Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," Roger Miller's "King of the Road" and Loretta Lynn's "Coal Miner's Daughter" are just a few examples of his drum work. Not including his work on some pop music such as "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Ray Orbinson and Elvis Presley's "Little Sister."

Oh yes, in 1959, he became The Grand Ole Opry's first staff drummer.

What an amazing musician, to say the least. I hope you will take the time to learn about his life in a little more detail today. Here are a few direct links:

New York Times

Quote from Eddie Stubbs from the Tennessean.com link above