Ace session drummer Buddy Harman dead at 79

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Buddy Harman, one of Nashville's most-recorded drummers, has died. He was 79 years old.

Brian Davidson, a director at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home, said Harmon died Thursday. He reportedly suffered from congestive heart failure.

Harmon played drums on more than 18,000 recordings, including Roy Orbison's "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."

He was an early staff drummer on the Grand Ole Opry and among the first prominent drummers in country music history.

Famed session guitarist Harold Bradley, who played on thousands of sessions with Harmon, said Harmon was the best drummer he'd ever worked with.

WSM air personality and country music historian Eddie Stubbs called Harman the father of modern country drumming. He said that no matter the song, Harmon always knew what to play -- and what not to play.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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