For many years, Harman was the drummer for Nashville's "A-team" of session musicians who recorded with almost everyone who booked time in a local recording studio, or at least those whose budget allowed for hiring the best. Peter Cooper (of the Nashville daily The Tennessean) put together an obituary that pointed out that Harman played on over 18,000 recording sessions. Records featuring Buddy's drumming include Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," Patsy Cline's "Crazy," Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire," Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," and Elvis Presley's "Little Sister." And that's just barely scratching the surface of his musical contributions. Perhaps best of all, he was the drummer on Ray Price's "Crazy Arms," thus helping give birth to one of the most enduring and irresistible sounds in all of recorded music: the country shuffle.
Until I serendipitously stumbled across this 45 last Saturday, however, I must confess that I had no idea that Buddy Harman released any records in his own name. Upon making this discovery, I fired up one of the search engines and learned that The Hound played one side of this record on his WFMU show in 1987, so let's just say I'm a little bit behind the learning curve on this one.