‘Spooky’ songwriter dies: Buddy Buie Spooky

Published: July 20, 2015

‘Spooky’ songwriter dies: Buddy Buie Spooky, Songwriter Perry Carlton “Buddy” Buie, a Dothan native whose credits include songs performed by B.J. Thomas, The Classics IV and the Atlanta Rhythm Section, has died.

Buie’s death on Saturday was reported by the Dothan Eagle. The newspaper reported that he died in a Dothan medical center. Born in January 1941, he was 74.

Buie had a lengthy and multifaceted career. In 2010 he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, which recognized him for work as songwriter, record producer and concert promoter when it honored him as a “Music Creator.” He worked as a road manager for Roy Orbison and helped found the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Buie also was inducted by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

His best-known songs, co-written with others, include “Spooky” and “Stormy,” which were Top 10 hits for The Classics IV; “Rock Bottom,” a successful single for Wynonna Judd; and “Most of All,” a signature song for B.J. Thomas. More recently, John Legend used a substantial sample of “Stormy” in his Grammy-nominated single “Save Room.”


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