Lexington in Henderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Hometown of Buddy Cannon
— Tennessee Music Pathways —
Murray Franklin “Buddy” Cannon, born in Lexington, Tennessee, on April 20, 1947, is a Nashville-based songwriter, record producer, music publisher, and former record company A&R (artists and repertoire) executive. He ranks among the most successful Nashville record producers in recent decades for his work with George Jones, Joe Nichols, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire and Willie Nelson. As A&R director for Mercury Records, he brought Billy Ray Cyrus, Sammy Kershaw and Shania Twain to the label. And as a songwriter, he has written hits for George Strait, Mel Tillis, Vern Gosdin and Willie Nelson.
After learning to play guitar with help from his uncle, Dalton Tate, Cannon performed on radio station WDXL in Lexington, with a country band, the Rhodes Boys, and played shows with several local bands. After high school he moved to Chicago, working as a musician in a country band. Six years later he moved to Nashville where he immediately found work playing bass with country singer Bob Luman and started writing songs. Singer-songwriter-music publisher Mel Tillis heard Cannon's demos and called him.
Tillis' recordings at that time were produced by Jimmy Bowen, and Cannon closely observed Bowen's techniques. He also learned production from working on demo sessions for Tillis' Sawgrass Music and Sabal Music. In 1987, Tillis sold his publishing companies to PolyGram Music, and Cannon was one of only two staff members retained by PolyGram. The following year, Cannon cowrote Vern Gosdin's No. 1 country hit “Set 'em up, Joe,” and in 1989 he cowrote George Strait's No. 1 single “I've Come to Expect It From You.”
Cannon also placed songs with Glen Campbell and the group Alabama, who were produced by Harold Shedd. When Shedd was appointed head of PolyGram Records Mercury Nashville label, he moved Cannon from the publishing division of the record company as a director of A&R. While at Mercury Records, Cannon played a significant role in signing several top-selling artists. His first artist as a producer was Sammy Kershaw, and in 1993 he produced Kershaw's No. 1 hit “She Don't Know She's Beautiful.”
As a side project, Cannon and songwriter-producer Norro Wilson produced one of George Jones' later hits, “High-Tech Redneck.” Cannon left PolyGram in 1996
Cannon has also produced albums by Alison Krauss, Chely Wright, Chris Young, David Lee Murphy, Jamey Johnson, Reba McEntire and Sara Evans. The albums he produced for Willie Nelson were among the most highly acclaimed of Nelson's later career, In 2016, Cannon received a Grammy award for the album Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.
Erected by Tennessee Music Pathways.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Grammy Award Winners, and the Tennessee Music Pathways series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 20, 1947.
Location. 35° 38.925′ N, 88° 23.569′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Tennessee, in Henderson County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and Natchez Trace Drive, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 72 South Main Street, Lexington TN 38351, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 31 Natchez Trace Drive (a few steps from this marker); 58 South Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 54 Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 52 South Main (within shouting distance of this marker); 50 South Main (within shouting distance of this marker); 42 South Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 40 South Main Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 38 South Main Street (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Regarding Hometown of Buddy Cannon.
Top: Dean Dillon (left), George Strait (middle) and Buddy Cannon.
Also see . . . Buddy Cannon | Discography | Discogs. (Submitted on September 21, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
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