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Billy Swan & Buzz Cason - Billy, Buzz And The Basics Play Buddy (2014)

9-11-2014, 16:04
Music | Rock

Billy Swan & Buzz Cason - Billy, Buzz And The Basics Play Buddy (2014)

Artist: Billy Swan & Buzz Cason
Title Of Album: Billy, Buzz And The Basics Play Buddy
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre: Rock/Rock & Roll
Label: DINKS Records
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 36:00
Total Size: 84 Mb

1. Everyday (2:13)
2. Rave On Oh Boy! - Medley (3:20)
3. Think It Over (4:07)
4. Heartbeat (2:14)
5. I'm Looking For Someone To Love (3:23)
6. Listen To Me (2:42)
7. Crying, Waiting, Hoping (2:21)
8. Well…all Right (2:21)
9. Words Of Love (2:50)
10. Look At Me (2:32)
11. Not Fade Away (3:20)
12. Maybe Baby (2:04)
13. Thank You Buddy (2:26)

Billy Swan
Best remembered for his 1974 neo-rockabilly smash "I Can Help," Billy Swan had a long and varied career in the music biz, with a large percentage of it spent behind the scenes. Swan was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, in 1942 and grew up listening to country music until he discovered rock & roll as a teenager. He learned drums, piano, and guitar and also began writing songs. "Lover Please," a song he wrote at age 16, was recorded by a local group he played with called Mirt Mirly & the Rhythm Stoppers; later, when Swan's friends traveled to Memphis to record with Elvis bassist Bill Black, Black wound up cutting the tune himself. Not long after, "Lover Please" found its way to R&B star Clyde McPhatter, who turned it into a Top Ten hit in 1962. Swan stayed in Memphis to write for Black's combo and also worked as a guard at Graceland for a time. He soon moved to Nashville, where he worked as a janitor at the Columbia studios (later handing the job over to a young Kris Kristofferson) and later as a roadie for Mel Tillis; he also wrote songs recorded by Tillis, Conway Twitty, and Waylon Jennings. An association with Monument Records led to Swan's first gig as a record producer, in which he oversaw Tony Joe White's 1969 Top Ten smash "Polk Salad Annie." The following year, Swan joined Kristofferson's backing band as the bass player and toured with him for the next year and a half. He next served as a sideman for Kinky Friedman and Billy Joe Shaver, and shortly after his return to Kristofferson's band, he got a recording deal of his own with Monument.

Buzz Cason:
James E. "Buzz" Cason (born November 27, 1939, Nashville, Tennessee, United States) is an American rock singer, songwriter, 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 Robert Knight,[1] which was a number 1 hit in the UK when covered by the Love Affair in January 1968.[2] Carl Carlton's version was a number 6 hit in the US in 1974, and has logged over five million plays, according to BMI.

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. Since the mid-1980s he had 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), 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.

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