Norman Keith "Buddy" Spicher

Buddy Spicher (born July 28, 1938 in DuBois, Pennsylvania; pronounced “Spiker”) is an American country music fiddle player. He is a member of The Nashville A-Team of session musicians, and is Grammy-nominated. He was nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year by CMA in 1983 and 1985. He was the first fiddler in the "Nashville Cats" series of the Country Music Hall of Fame (August, 2008). He recorded with virtually every major country star of the sixties, seventies, and early eighties, including Faron Young, Johnny Paycheck Little Jimmy Dickens, Reba McEntire, George Jones, Don Williams, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel, Don Francisco (song "He's Alive"), Ray Price, Willie Nelson, George Strait ("Amarillo by Morning"), Bill Monroe, David Allan Coe, and Emmylou Harris.

Versatile, he recorded with Elvis Presley, Gary Burton, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Monkees, Linda Ronstadt ("Long, Long Time"), Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Dan Fogelberg, The Statler Brothers, The Happy Goodman Family, Neil Young and The Lewis Family.

He is often seen on television and YouTube; he was with the Wilburn Brothers. He is active in session work, fiddle camps, and teaching university courses. He continues to tutor; and produce, write, and arrange songs.

"Since 1958, [when Spicher] played his first Nashville recording session, he has been the most versatile fiddler of all time. From Bluegrass to Classical to Jazz, He has covered it all as a professional; and has been a wonderful inspiration to me. Please make welcome to the stage the great Buddy Spicher" --

During his career of more than fifty years, he has been known for double stops and playing harmony in twin fiddle work.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 28, 1938 (DuBois)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1961 - 1972

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 54 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 16247 11/1/1972 L.A. lady-1 Dobie Gray instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11491 3/31/1961 Lonesome night wind Jack Anglin ; Johnnie and Jack ; Johnnie (Johnny) Wright instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11492 3/31/1961 Love problems-1 Jack Anglin ; Johnnie and Jack ; Johnnie (Johnny) Wright instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11493 3/31/1961 I'm always by myself when I'm alone Jack Anglin ; Johnnie and Jack ; Johnnie (Johnny) Wright instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11494 3/31/1961 Smiles and tears Jack Anglin ; Johnnie and Jack ; Johnnie (Johnny) Wright instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11756 10/10/1961 Poison love Johnnie and Jack instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11757 10/10/1961 Let your conscience be your guide Johnnie and Jack instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11803 11/9/1961 Little Maggie Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11804 11/9/1961 I'm going back to Old Kentucky Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11805 11/9/1961 Toy heart Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11816 11/30/1961 What do you think of her now-3 Johnnie and Jack instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11819 12/1/1961 Danny boy Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11820 12/1/1961 Cotton fields-1 Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 11821 12/1/1961 Journey's end Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 12814 2/3/1964 Last old dollar Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 12815 2/3/1964 Bill's dream (Instrumental) Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 12904 4/9/1964 Louisville breakdown Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 12905 4/9/1964 Never again Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 12906 4/9/1964 Just over in the gloryland Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 12907 4/9/1964 Fire on the mountain Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 13373 3/16/1965 The long black veil Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 13374 3/16/1965 I live in the past Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 13375 3/16/1965 There's an old, old house Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 13798 11/22/1965 One tear Osborne Brothers instrumentalist, violin  
Decca NA 13799 11/22/1965 Making plans-1 Osborne Brothers instrumentalist, violin  
(Results 1-25 of 54 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spicher, Norman Keith "Buddy"," accessed December 9, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344878.

Spicher, Norman Keith "Buddy". (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 9, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/344878.

"Spicher, Norman Keith "Buddy"." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 9 December 2022.

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