Buzzy Linhart is an American rock performer and musician who began honing his craft playing percussion for symphony at the age of seven, switching to vibraphone at ten. At fourteen he entered the Cleveland Music School Settlement which was a world renowned conservatory of music. Because of this training he led bands all through school and at the age of 18 entered the U.S. Navy School of Music as a percussionist. Buzzy eventually released a series of solo albums from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s starting with his Philips debut "buzzy" (the title with a small "b") in 1969.
His prowess on the
vibraphonefound him performing as a session musician on recordings by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys, and even Jimi Hendrix(on the " Cry of Love" album).
Perhaps Linhart's biggest claim to fame was his composition "Friends," which went on to become became singer
Bette Midler's theme song. This was the end of his major label career, but although he never achieved commercial success, Linhart has continued to write, record, sing and compose music to this day. He also achieved some notoriety from his appearance in the opening sequence of the cult movie" The Groove Tube", as a hippie hitchhiker.
*"Pussycats Can Go Far" - (
Atco Records, 1974)
*"Buzzy (The Black Album)" - (
Kama Sutra Records, 1972)
*"The Time to Live is Now" - (
Kama Sutra Records, 1971)
*"Music" - (Eleuthera Records, 1970)
*"buzzy" - (
Philips Records, 1969)
* [http://www.buzzylinhart.com/] Official Buzzy Linhart homepage
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