Buddy Harman, 1928 - 2008Session musicians, even the best, are little known to the fans of the name stars for whom they play. Even since I read Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew, a memoir by the drummer who performed on such recordings as Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the Night" and Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love," I've been more attentive to the work of the session drummers on some of my favorite recordings.
One such is Buddy Harman, who died on Thursday. As recounted in the obituary that appears in today's New York Times, the hit records on which Harman performed include Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man,” the Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love,” Elvis Presley’s “Little Sister,” Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.”
Another Orbison hit on which Harman performed is "Only the Lonely," which you can listen to in the video below.