BUZZY LINHART is an American rock performer, composer, multi-instrumentalist musician and actor. He is a prolific songwriter and one of the progenitors of the Singer-Songwriter Movement of the 60's & 70's. He became known for blending rock with Indian raga. His songs have been performed & recorded by major artists such as BETTE MIDLER (he co-wrote her signature song, "Friends"
with Mark Klingman), BARRY MANILOW, CARLY SIMON & more. Buzzy started as a drummer and was soon playing the vibes, marimba, guitar, harmonica and some piano. He moved to New York in 1963 and shared an apartment with John Sebastian, of the Lovin' Spoonful. He was drawn to the raga form inspired by Ravi Shankar's improvisational virtuosity. Buzzy, joined Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, and others in experimenting with long improvisational jams in Greenwich Village, sharing with audiences a new and developing kind of psychedelic folk style.
His skills on the vibraphone led him to work as a session musician for top recording artists including Buffy Sainte-Marie on "Timeless Love", Richie Havens, Carly Simon's 1971 debut which included his song, "The Love's Still Growing", and Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys in 1973. In April 2002 in New York City, producer/engineer Eddie Kramer put Linhart's vibes on Jimi Hendrix's First Rays of the New Rising Sun project and the original Cry Of Love album (he's also credited on Electric Ladyland). In 2005, Buzzy recorded "Mr. Cool" on the CD "Life Goes On" with Monica Dupont and Gary Novak.
Buzzy's first album solo was titled simply "buzzy" in 1969. In 1972, Kama Sutra released another album called BUZZY "The Black Album". 1974 saw the release of Pussycats Can Go Far on ATKO/Atlantic label, produced at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Buzzy collaborated with some of the best in the business, and this album containing the song See You Again, was co-written with Carole Bayer Sager. Artists like Jake & the Family Jewels, LaBelle, Barry Manilow, John Sebastian, Mother's Finest, his friend Moogy Klingman, and many others have had "the Buzzman" songs or musicianship on their various recordings. Two compilations released by Klingman give history and detail: Old Times, Good Times: A Musical History and The Buzzy/Moogy Sessions, 1983-1994.