Buzzy Beano, singer/songwriter, award-winning producer, record label owner, and musician, has more than thirty-five years in the music business. Buzzy began his career as member of the poplar music group "Vince Vance and the Valients." He currently performs as lead guitarist for the Topcats, a local New Orleans favorite. He has recorded three albums to date, Between Hay and Grass, Hopalong Catastrophe, and Eleven Years from Yesterday.
Buzzy currently holds three spots on Broadjam's Top 10 songs from Louisiana Indie Artists:
#7 The Light
#9 Saddle Sunset from "Between hay and Grass"
#10 World of Dreams from "Eleven Years From Yesterday"
Buzzy's label, Radionic Records located in New Orleans, has released 23 records and is looking ahead to exciting involvement in all kinds of recording, producing, arranging, and releasing projects on the Four Cats / Radionic label! For more information go to www.fourcatsradionic.com.
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Buzzy Beano Story
At the age of ten Buzzy moved from New Orleans to Tucson, Arizona. He was so unhappy about leaving his friends, his Dad thought a trip to the music store would cheer him up. William Langford purchased a guitar for his eleven year old son shortly after that visit. "It was all I could do just to have some peace around the house. Buzzy's eyes glazed over when he saw a royal blue sparkle guitar from Germany. It was love at first sight", recalls Buzzy's dad.
Buzzy began formal training, learned to read music, and studied classical guitar, all at an early age. At the age of thirteen Buzzy started his first band, "The Attic Rafters", and began playing professionally at parties. In 1966, The Attic Rafters, who dressed much like the Beatles, won "The Battle of The Bands" contest in Metairie, La.
The first time Buzzy stepped into a recording studio was at age 14 in a session guitarist for an Allen Toussaint project. Still in his teens, Buzzy organized and played in two local, innovative groups, "Armadillo" and " The Rhythm Aces". Both groups wrote and performed original music.
In 1973, while playing in a Bourbon Street club, some friends of Buzzy's, who were members of "Vince Vance and The Valiants", paid him a visit and asked him to join "The Valiants". As a member of The Valiants, a hugely popular 50's show band, twenty year old Buzzy started touring from coast to coast playing to sold out crowds. He played clubs and college venues where crowds of 500 to 1000 people were a common sight.
In 1974,Buzzy left Vince Vance and The Valiants to start his own band, "Buzzy Beano and The B Notes". This group, headed by "Beano", was a local success, but Buzzy contracted a bad case of laryngitis which lasted three months. After only a year, the budding group fell apart.
Shortly after Buzzy got a call from Vince Vance and The Valiants asking if he could play bass and Buzzy decided to stay on with the Valiants once again. At this time the band was moving into an artistic direction. The band continued to tour across the country and made three more recordings, which were produced by Langford. Two of the recordings were released to the public.
In 1979, Buzzy grew tired of the road. Some friends, who were members of T.Q. and The Topcats, asked Buzzy to join the group, and he accepted.
While working with the Topcats, Buzzy has helped to develop the group while evolving his own guitar and vocal styles. Buzzy has owned numerous recording studios over the years. Even though The Topcats work an average of five days a week , Buzzy has always found the time to sharpen his developing, producing, and engineering skills.
Buzzy's latest studio called Radionic is located in his home that he shares with his wife, Paris. It is also the home of Four Cats / Radionic LLC. When not playing with The Topcats, or producing and engineering artists on his label, Buzzy plays guitar in various original projects around the New Orleans area.