Perry “Buddy” Buie, a songwriter and producer who helped shape hit songs in the 1960s for the Classics IV, then formed the Atlanta Rhythm Section in the 1970s, writing lyrics for the band and producing its records, died July 18 at a hospital in Dothan, Ala. He was 74.
Chip Chapman, owner of Chapman Funeral Home in Eufaula, Ala., confirmed the death. The cause was a heart attack.
Early in his career in the 1960s, Mr. Buie (pronounced BOO-ee) was the road manager for singer Roy Orbison. He later helped write the hit songs “Spooky,” “Traces” and “Stormy” for Dennis Yost and the Classics IV, a popular group in the late 1960s.
After opening a recording studio in Doraville, Ga., in the early 1970s, Mr. Buie organized a group of musicians that he named the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
“Atlanta Rhythm Section was Buddy’s dream,” the group’s singer, Richard Justo, told the Associated Press. “He wanted a band that he could produce, manage, write songs for and to be a vehicle for his songs.”
The group released about a dozen albums and had a hit single in with “So Into You,” which appeared on the 1976 album “Rock and Roll Alternative.”
The lyrics were written by Mr. Buie:
When you walked into the room
There was voodoo in the vibes.
I was captured by your style
But I could not catch your eyes.
Now I stand here helplessly,
Hoping you’ll get into me.
Perry Carlton Buie was born Jan. 23, 1941, in Marianna, Fla., and grew up in Dothan. He dropped out of Auburn University to focus on music.
Over the years, Mr. Buie wrote many of his songs in a small fishing trailer, often working with an old friend, guitarist James “J.R.” Cobb, who was also a member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section.
“We would stay up late, sometimes write all night,” Cobb said in a telephone interview. “There wasn’t a phone to ring and no one to bother us.”
The pair began writing songs together in the mid-1960s, and were still getting together to create music as recently as about six months ago, Cobb said. He estimates that they wrote at least 100 songs together. Mr. Buie was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Mr. Buie’s first marriage ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Gloria Seay Buie of Eufaula; two children; a stepson; a brother; a sister; and five grandchildren.