Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Dies At 84

( – On June 16, rock ‘n’ roll legend Buzz Cason, 84, died at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

News of Cason’s death was shared by the Country Music Hall of Fame in a post on Twitter, which wrote that he “helped shape and expand the sound of Nashville” throughout his career.

Born in Nashville on Nov. 27, 1939, Cason went on to sing, write songs, and operate a recording studio.

In the 1950s, Cason formed one of Nashville’s first rock and roll bands, the Casuals. In 1958, the band toured with Brenda Lee.

Cason wrote many hit songs for artists, including the Oak Ridge Boys, Martina McBride, and Mel Tillis. Among his top hits are songs such as “Everlasting Love” and “Soldier of Love.”

“Everlasting Love, which Cason co-wrote with Mac Gayden, was recorded in 1967 by Robert Knight, in 1974 by Carl Carlton, in 1981 by Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet, and in 1995 by Gloria Estefan. In 1989, U2 released a stripped-down version of “Everlasting Love.” According to the music rights organization BMI, the many versions of “Everlasting Love” have over 10 million plays to date, and it is among the most successful songs in any genre to come from Nashville.

“Soldier of Love,” which Cason co-wrote with Tony Moon, was performed in 1963 by The Beatles. Pearl Jam and Marshall Crenshaw have also released versions of the song.

In 1970, he founded the Creative Workshop recording studio, built as somewhere for Cason to develop and produce new artists. Jimmy Buffett, who was a writer for Cason’s publishing company at the time, was one of the first people who recorded there. Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris were among the artists to record at this studio.

During his career, he also sang backup for artists such as Willie Nelson, John Denver, and Elvis Presley.

He is survived by his wife, Victoria; three daughters, Kristy and Tammy Cason, and Leah Ball Steen; two sons, Taylor and Parker; and nine grandchildren.

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