Poets and Prophets: Salute to Legendary Songwriter Buzz Cason
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July 5, 2014 - To mark the tenth anniversary of the museum’s exhibit and Grammy-winning CD, Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945–1970, Buzz Cason discusses his career and performs briefly. In 1956 Cason formed the Casuals, who recorded for Dot and backed Brenda Lee as one of Nashville’s earliest rock & roll combos. He scored a 1960 Top Twenty pop hit (billed as Garry Miles) with “Look for a Star,” before stints with the Crickets and Ronny & the Daytonas. In 1962 Cason co-wrote “ Soldier of Love” for R&B legend Arthur Alexander, and the song was later covered by the Beatles and Pearl Jam. Cason co-wrote and co-produced “Everlasting Love” for Nashville R&B singer Robert Knight in 1967; the classic song has lived on through recordings by Carl Carlton, U2, Gloria Estefan, and others. That same year Cason produced Clifford Curry’s signature hit “She Shot a Hole in My Soul,” releasing the R&B single on Elf Records, an independent label Cason started with Bobby Russell. Highlights of Cason’s varied career also include co-writing Martina McBride’s “Love’s the Only House”; producing and publishing Jimmy Buffett’s early songs; singing backup for Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison; and opening the Creative Workshop recording studio. Cason recently released a new album, Troubadour Heart, on Plowboy Records. This program is illustrated with vintage photos, film footage, and recordings.