Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.



Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby rockin532000 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:35 am

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Re: Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby martin bates » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:42 am

Sad news.

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Re: Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby PeterC » Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:46 am

Oh no!!! I had no idea he was in bad health?!

I first met Buck in 1992 (during his first UK visit with Jerry), and hung out with him a lot, even playing his guitar during a jam session. A good man.

Let's not also forget that he was performing with Jerry even before Kenny Lovelace, and can be heard to great effect (and even seen on the cover) on 'The Greatest Live Show on Earth!' album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTlbRg3Nn-0&list=OLAK5uy_m2ScYbktonPgSJ2UoBHh5TEH0i4Rl2TRo

R.I.P. Buck!
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Re: Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby wolfgangguhl » Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:00 pm

A good man indeed! And an excellent musician!

He falls into the heart and arms of those who wait for him.

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Re: Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby bernd » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:34 pm

Brings back memories from 2010 (Graz, 2010-10-28).

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R.I.P.

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Re: Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby PeterC » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:18 pm

There's an obituary / tribute to Buck (written by yours truly) in the latest issued of 'Now Dig This' magazine.

While browsing the mag (excellent as always), I was saddened to hear of the death of Roger Ward, who ran the Thunderbird Rock 'n' Roll Club in Wellingborough for many years. I have fond memories of seeing Linda Gail Lewis there a couple of times in the early '90s, though I unfortunately missed the legendary night when Carl Perkins played there.
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Re: Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby Chris Davies » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:32 pm

Roger Ward -Fat Willy's? :shock:
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Re: Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby PeterC » Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:55 pm

Chris Davies wrote:Roger Ward -Fat Willy's? :shock:


Yes, that was him, really nice guy.
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Re: Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby martin bates » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:52 am

Sorry to hear about Roger. I remember him well. Never went to his club, much to my regret. In those days you'd often see fans who would travel together- Neil Turner & Pete Hayman, Peter Checksfield & Jonathan Dinsdale - and Roger Ward & Howard Bostock. Monica still has one of Rogers' t-shirts she was given by Joel Schumaker.
And of course, sad news about Buck.

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Re: Buck Hutcheson R.I.P.

Postby PeterC » Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:46 pm

Here's the tribute to Buck that I wrote for 'Now Dig This'.

James Albert ‘Buck’ Hutcheson
15th April 1943 – 2nd July 2019

Every Jerry Lee Lewis fan knows that guitarist and fiddle player Kenny Lovelace has been Jerry’s band leader for well over 50 years, but far fewer are aware that Buck Hutcheson was there first.

Born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, and given his first guitar at the age of 8, he learnt quickly, and by his early teens he was playing in various Memphis bands, including that of Jumpin’ Gene Simmons. This would eventually lead him to audition for Jerry Lee Lewis.

When he first found fame, Jerry Lee Lewis didn’t have a regular guitarist in his road band, though Roland James toured with him briefly, and a few others played a few select shows. All of this changed when Jerry employed Buck. Due to flagging memories and musicians’ natural proneness to exaggeration, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact date, but late 1962 or early 1963 is probable, and certainly he was there in time for Jerry’s final recording sessions for SUN in August 1963, despite not usually being credited in session listings. One song he clearly remembered appearing on is ‘One Minute Past Eternity’, getting a kick out of hearing it on the radio some years later (the song was released as a single over 6 years later in November 1969, getting to No. 2 in the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart). He also went on to play on some ‘Smash’ sessions, including the 1965 ‘Rockin' Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu’ single.

His proudest moment however, came when he played, alongside Herman ‘Hawk’ Hawkins (bass), Morris ‘Tarp’ Tarrant (drums) and Larry Nichols (organ), on ‘The Greatest Live Show on Earth’ album, taped live at The Municipal Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama, in July 1964. Playing impeccably on many songs that were new to Jerry (who rehearsed the songs with the band at his home in the proceeding days), Buck can also be seen on the album cover. He always insisted in later years that no other band he’s been in were quite as great as that particular line-up.

Quitting in 1965, he returned several times over the years, notably 1970-1971 (playing on ‘Live At The International Hotel, Las Vegas’ and contributing the ‘Maybelline’-type intro to ‘Handwriting On The Wall’), 1988-1989 and 1992. By the millennium, he was occasionally jamming with Jerry again, and joined the band full-time in 2005, staying until failing health forced him to retire towards the end of 2017. Between stints with Jerry, Buck played with ‘Tiny and The Bondsmen’ (check out their rare 1977 live album), as well as releasing a number of albums of his own.

On a personal note, I got to know Buck during his 1992 visit to the UK on the ‘Giants of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ tour, a tour that also included Little Richard, Lloyd Price and Duane Eddy. While hanging out and listening to his fascinating tales, I travelled on the tour bus, slept on his hotel room sofa, and even got to play his Fender Stratocaster during a London club jam session. He was always entertaining, but one memory that has stayed with me is when we went to a London bank, and was served by a well-spoken black gentleman; being his first visit to the UK, Buck had never heard a black man speak the Queen’s English before, and just stared open-mouthed! A great musician and a fun guy, who will be missed by many.

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