(RNN) – Friend Buie, a prolific rock-and-roll songwriter, passed away Saturday in Dothan, AL, after suffering a cardiovascular disease, according to the Dothan Eagle.
After a preliminary success with Classics IV, which formed in 1965, Buie’s profession reached brand-new heights with The Atlanta Rhythm Section in the 1970s. The band charted a number of hits and played a command efficiency at the White Residence for President Carter’s son’s birthday.
“Simply last week Pal shared his interest, and support, for the band, stating he wanted to come hear the new songs we contributed to the show. We will certainly miss Friend’s contributions, musically, professionally, and many of all personally,” The Atlanta Rhythm Area composed Saturday on its Facebook page.
Buie was a profilic songwriter, penning 340 tunes in the BMI brochure, nearly all of them crafted in Eufaula, AL, “on Thomas Mill Creek, where Buie had a small fishing trailer,” according to the Alabama Music Hall of Popularity.
An Alabama native who spent most of his songwriting career in Atlanta, Buie was inducted into both the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Artists who tape-recorded Buie’s tunes cover rock and nation categories and consist of Wynonna Judd, Garth Brooks, Gloria Estefan, Travis Tritt, David Sanborn, Carlos Santana and John Legend.
His music also appeared in movies and TELEVISION programs, including Lost in Translation, Just Like Heaven and The Competitor.
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