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Buddy Thompson is a former RCA Recording Artist and
was the first artist to record "Sweet Dreams". It went
number one and was later recorded by Faron Young and
of course Patsy Cline.
Born January 31, 1933 in Morehead KY
Raised primarly in Tampa, Florida
Military in the Korean Conflict / Air Force.
1955: Went to Nashville and signed a RCA Victor contract
spearheaded by Jim Denny at WSM Grand Ole Opry and
Webb Pierce. Signed contract with Chet Atkins with RCA
Victor (A&R man for the label)
Appeared at the Grand Ole Opry numereous times over a year
and was invited to the Tennessee Barn Dance in Knoxville, TN
as a member. Met and worked with Don Gibson (Country
Music Hall of Fame) who wrote him 3 songs that gave Buddy
strong recognition in the country music field including Buddy's first chart
number "Sweet Dreams" later recorded by Faron Young and made
famous by Patsy Cline.
Buddy and his manager Buck Peddy listened to a young artist and songwriter
in Tampa, FL and took him to Nashville during a disc jockey convention.
With the assistance of Tillman Franks, the new artist/songwriter signed a 7
year contract with Columbia Records. That new Artist/Songwriter was Mel Tillis.
Later Buddy was invited to the Louisiana Hayride as a member where he worked
with artists including Elvis Presley, George Jones, Johnny Horton, David Houston
and was there 2 years. When his RCA contract expired he was solicited by Atco Records
who was strong in the rock music field. He went to New Orleans to perform his
first rock numbers using some of the members of Fats Domino's band.
After he signed and recorded a few songs, he went to New York. His contract
was bought out by Hal Webman with Greenwich Records. He later returned to Nashville
in 1959 where he was asked to go to California with other musicians, and performed
in night clubs doing Country music where he was the first artist on the Foothill Label.
He left the business in 1963 and now resides in Dade City, FL at Darby north of
Tampa. He continues to perform in the Tampa area and is now putting together a CD
of his 1950's and 60's country numbers he recorded which will soon be available.
Buddy Thompson Links
(This one has his "Sweet Dreams" version played on a Radio Show).
When you get to the link and the 'YELLOW' page opens
up, look at Track 4 near the top. Then look to the right and see
"Hour 1 MP3" click there and the Radio Show from Boulder will begin - the time counter
will be at 13:19 when his cut starts to play.
(Shows the Label for the RCA 45 "Sweet Dreams" by Buddy Thompson
(Another label shot of Atco Records)
Page posted April, 2007
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