Friends
 Gerdes Folk City Interview
 Jesse Colin Young Interview
 Shoo that Fly
 Talk About a Morning
 There It Goes Again
 UTS clip
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 Alex Bennet radio interview
 Calico
 Death Can Be Fun
 Everybodys Got To Get Along
 Free Soul Spirit
 Friends
 Hay Fever
 Heaven
 I 1 2 C U Shuffle
 Masquerade Ball Buzzy
 Masquerade Ball Leata
 Peace In The Country
 Pussycats Can Go Far
 Rollin On
 Shoofly
 Someone Someday
 Talk About A Morning
 The Happy Blues
 The Justice Game
 The Loves Still Growing
 The Time To Live Is Now
 Tornado
 Twelve Black Cabs
   
 

 

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Buzzy circa 1972
Buzzy Linhart came into his own as a songwriter and recording artist in the decade of the 1970s. In 1970, he and Eddie Kramer produced Buzzy's next album, MUSIC, at Electric Lady, Sound Exchange and Vanguard Studios in New York. It was released on the Eleuthera Records label and distributed by Buddha Records. The record company did not offer the band much support and eventually the Music group disbanded.

Buzzy's capacity to write in a variety of genres continues to bear fruit. Among the unreleased recordings of these outstanding songs are the pop hit FRIENDS, which he co-wrote with Moogy Klingman, and which became Bette Midler's signature song. He ventures into the spiritual realm with HEAVEN his pop-gospel homage to his musical ancestors. Buzzy continues to explore the raga-rock that he began in the 1960s with THE LOVE'S STILL GROWING , which Carly Simon recorded in 1971 for her eponymous album released on the Electra label.

During this period Buzzy was hanging out with many of the singers from that era who would achieve enormous fame and fortune. In 1971, his friend Carly Simon had formed a recording contract with Electra and was looking for a studio and an engineer. Buzzy took her to Electric Lady Studios and introduced her to Eddie Kramer. They hit if off and were soon in the recording studio working on her first commercial album, called "Carly Simon." Buzzy made important contributions to the production as a player (guitar, vibes, and marimba), as a writer of one of the tracks, THE LOVE'S STILL GROWING, and as a back-up vocalist on that tract. A Carly Simon fan who was taken with this song recently asked on her official website in the section called "Ask Carly" about this song and why she hadn't recorded other material like it. She replied: "The Love's Still Growing" is a Buzzy Linhart song. Yes, my voice is doubled, tripled, whatever. Buzzy's voice is also on there. He's a haunting creature. You've given me an idea. Maybe it should be on an anthology. I guess it's one of those 'overlooked gems.' I do love it. I think I'll listen to it now…."

Bette Midler was another one of Buzzy's close friends during this time. While rehearsing for a producer's audition for a Broadway show called "Mirror Cracked" he sang her a song that he and his songwriting collaborator Moogy Klingman had just written, called "Friends." Buzzy recalls that "Friends was the first song I sang to her on the first day I met her. We didn’t talk much. I just figured singing that song would show her where I was coming from. When I met Bette she said, “who’s your drummer?” Buzzy said nobody solid right now. She said “you have got meet my boyfriend Luther Rix, he is the best drummer” One day Bette came to rehearsal and asked Buzzy if she could sing Friends at an upcoming gig that she had at the Continental Baths that next Saturday night. Moogy and Buzzy went to see the show and all of the sudden it felt as if she had some direction to go in now. She recorded FRIENDS on her first album, "The Divine Miss M." It rose to number 6 on the Billboard Charts and has been her signature song ever since.

In 1971, Buzzy, drummer Luther Rix, and bass player Bill Takas, produced and arranged Buzzy's next album, THE TIME TO LIVE IS NOW. The album was recorded at Media Sound Studio B, in New York City, and was released by Kama Sutra Records. By this time Buzzy has come into his own as a songwriter, producer, and arranger and some of Buzzy's finest songs are on this album.

By this time Buzzy has written in many genres and has developed his own style of songwriting. We have many unreleased recordings of these songs, including TALK ABOUT A MORNING haunting kind of folk-rock song; IF YOU LOVE ME pop-rock; DON'T YOU KNOW pop-rock; and EVERYBODY'S GOT TO GET ALONG.

Throughout this period Buzzy was a guest player and singer for many well know acts, including vibes on Buffy St. Maries "Timeless Love" produced by Felix Papalardi, vibes on his old friend Jimi Hendrix˜"Drifting" and guest vocals on Zyphers “The Radio Song."


Buzzy with old friend Bette Midler
Buzzy produced his next album in 1972 on the Kama Sutra label, entitled BUZZY (not to be confused with his 1968 album of the same name but in lower case, "buzzy"). It was recorded at Bell Sound Studios, NYC, and the Record Plant, NYC, and was mixed at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York, by Todd Rundgren.


The Issue of OZ that sparked the
controversial obscenity trial
The culture war that coalesced in the 1960s continued into the 1970s and was not confined to the U.S. In 1972, the London obscenity board took criminal action against writers and publishers of the London underground magazine, OZ. The case became a cause celebre in the free speech arena, and the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined in many public protests in favor of the defendants. In the U.S., a musical was created based upon the transcript of this trial entitled for which Buzzy wrote the songs. The musical had a brief run on Broadway, but the "dirty" lyrics of the songs were too much for the critics. In an interview in 1973 on the ALEX BENNETT RADIO SHOW, Buzzy talks about the musical and the circumstances leading to its demise. The show included some of Buzzy's funniest songs such as THE JUSTICE GAME. We have two versions of a ballad from the show entitled MASQUERADE BALL , one performed by Buzzy and the other produced by Buzzy with by Leata Galloway, one of the cast members, performing the song in a moving, pop-gospel style.


Buzzy playing live on Lexington Ave.
Buzzy's next album, PUSSYCATS CAN GO FAR, was released on the ATCO/Atlantic label in 1974 and produced by Barry Beckett & Roger Hawkins at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. The Archive contains an unreleased recording of the title track, PUSSYCATS CAN GO FAR, a gentle, pop-fantasy song. Throughout his career, Buzzy collaborated with some of the best in the business, and this album contains a song co-written by Buzzy and Carole Bayer Sager entitled SEE YOU AGAIN. The album also contains a rhythm and blues song entitled SHOO THAT FLY, which has a Motown kind of sound and feel evoked to great effect by Aretha Franklin's back-up singers.

In 1976, Buzzy ventured into the soundtrack world when he wrote the songs and music for the movie "RUSH IT!," produced by Gary Youngman and starring Judy Kahan and Tom Berenger. Some of Buzzy's finest work was written for this movie, including an all-inclusive kind of universal pop-rock song entitled FREE SOUL SPIRIT SYMPHONY (which he co-wrote with Marty Kupersmith, Peter Anders, and Danny Mehan), love ballads entitled CALICO and SOMEONE, SOMEDAY, and an up-beat blues entitled HAPPY BLUES.

Buzzy wrote a lot of rock 'n roll during these years. The Archive contains unreleased recordings of a number of up-tempo hard-hitting rock and roll songs including TORNADO and EYE 1-2-C-U SHUFFLE and a mellow, folk-rock song entitled ROLLING ON.

Buzzy wrote many songs during the 1970s that did not find their way onto commercially released albums, including some very funny songs such as the hilarious sneeze song HAY FEVER the tongue-in-cheek, country-western cartoon TWELVE BLACK CABS and the over-the-top, punk-rock parody DEATH CAN BE FUN.

Although Buzzy is best known as a songwriter, singer, musician and lyricist, he also appeared in the cult film classic "The Grove Tube." He is the naked guy that doesn't get the girl. He appeared in "Modern Problems," starring Chevy Chase. He was a regular in Bill Cosby's 1976 ABC TV comedy series "COS," serving as both chief songwriter and as a regular on screen co-star, performing with the likes of Betty White, Artie Johnson, Abe Vigoda, Jeff Altman, Willie Bobo, Pat Delaney, Lola Falana, Marion Ramsey, Tom Tomerson, and others.


Buzzy early 70s
Buzzy's period of fame and fortune during the 1970s flamed out after this, and he became a kind of Buddha-like music master thereafter, bouncing from place to place, always seeking truth through music, always uncompromising in that journey, always searching for new ways to express his obsession for great music. He had much more to write, including some extraordinary explorations in contemporary styles, and in future we will bring this musical adventure to present.

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