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. 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".
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. 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.
His biggest hit as a writer, with Mac Gayden, was the song "Everlasting Love", recorded originally by Robert Knight, which was a number 1 hit in the UK when covered by the Love Affair in January 1968.Carl Carlton's version was a number 6 hit in the US in 1974, and has logged over five million plays, according to BMI. In 1968 the Australian band The Town Criers also took their version of the song into the charts Down Under.
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. 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.
In 1968 Buzz made the Australian charts with his single "Adam And Eve" which he both wrote and produced. It was released by EMI on the "Stateside" label, serial number OSS-8456. Curiously, it seems the song never saw the light of day anywhere else!
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