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Buddy Greene

Did you know that someone has performed The William Tell Overture at Carnegie Hall…on the harmonica?  That “someone” was Buddy Greene! A songwriter, singer, guitar player, (and harmonica virtuoso) Buddy grew up in Macon, Georgia.  The southern upbringing influenced much of his writing and many of his recordings with a country, bluegrass, and gospel flavor.

As a songwriter, his published works cross many genres.  Perhaps most famously, Buddy co-wrote the Christmas classic Mary, Did You Know? with Mark Lowry. That one song has now been recorded by more than 500 artists!  Buddy is also the creator of the thoughtful Recovering Pharisee and the biting, tongue-in-cheek masterpiece Jesus Has Left The Building.

Curiously, despite having written and published hundreds of songs–many of them recognizable–Buddy chose the work of other songwriters to perform for you.  His humility and gentle spirit are a well known mark of his personality. And while songwriting is an obvious talent, Buddy Greene’s smooth baritone is the favorite voice of many performers whose own voices are better known by the public.  Listen to the selections below that Buddy made for Wisdom Harbour and you’ll quickly agree.

 

 

Buddy Greene

Did you know that someone has performed The William Tell Overture at Carnegie Hall…on the harmonica?  That “someone” was Buddy Greene! A songwriter, singer, guitar player, (and harmonica virtuoso) Buddy grew up in Macon, Georgia.  The southern upbringing influenced much of his writing and many of his recordings with a country, bluegrass, and gospel flavor.

As a songwriter, his published works cross many genres.  Perhaps most famously, Buddy co-wrote the Christmas classic Mary, Did You Know? with Mark Lowry.  That one song has now been recorded by more than 500 artists!  Buddy is also the creator of the thoughtful Recovering Pharisee and the biting, tongue-in-cheek masterpiece Jesus Has Left The Building.

Curiously, despite having written and published hundreds of songs–many of them recognizable–Buddy chose the work of other songwriters to perform for you.  His humility and gentle spirit are a well known mark of his personality. And while songwriting is an obvious talent, Buddy Greene’s smooth baritone is the favorite voice of many performers whose own voices are better known by the public.  Listen to the selections below that Buddy made for Wisdom Harbour and you’ll quickly agree.

 

 

Hard Times Come Again No More

Hard Times Come Again No More was written in 1854 by Stephen Foster and for many years considered a simple “parlor song” performed as a poem set to music.  In fact, when it was first published by Firth, Pond, and Company, it was titled Foster’s Melody Number 28.  The first audio recording of “Hard Times” was on a wax cylinder done by the Edison Manufacturing Company in 1905.  The song is obviously timeless, its verse simply asking the more fortunate to consider the plight of those, who for whatever reason, find themselves less fortunate.  

With Gordon Mote on keyboard and The Settles Connection providing background vocals, the classic is performed here by Buddy Greene.

Shall We Gather at the River (feat. The Settles Connection)

In 1864, during some of The Civil War’s bloodiest fighting, poet Robert Lowry penned words of optimistic direction to a nation divided.  Put to a simple melody, the song eventually became known by its first line. Shall We Gather At The River has become iconic, familiar to those who grew up in church as well as followers of popular culture.  

Director John Ford used Shall We Gather At The River as part of the soundtrack in no less than seven of his popular western films including “Stagecoach” starring John Wayne and the Henry Fonda classic, “My Darling Clementine.”  Among more than eighty film soundtracks of varying genres, the song was also included in the more contemporary westerns–”The Wild Bunch”, “Hang ‘Em High”, and “Jeremiah Johnson” to name a few.

Listen to this LIVE version as Buddy Greene accompanies himself on guitar and Jeff Taylor adds atmosphere with accordion and whistle fife with Gordon Mote on keyboard.  

Shall We Gather at the River

by Buddy Greene (feat. The Settles Connection)

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