BetteBack May 23, 1974: Buzzy Linhart (‘Friends’ Writer) Puts Out First Album

Santa Ana Register
May 23, 1974


Pussycats Can Go Far, Buzzy Linliart: Atco SD 7044

Buzzy Linhart.

Name ring a bell?

Probaby not.

It could have.

Buzzy is the guy who almost became the lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears. But it didn’t work out.

He was asked three times to join Crosby, Stills and Nash.

But things didn’t work out.

He was supposed to be in the Lovin’ Spoonful. But it didn’t work out.

But, Buzzy has kept himself busy. He was in New York’s Greenwich Village at the height of the folk music scene. Besides writing songs, he has been sideman on several albums, Including those of John Sebastian, Carly Simon and Buffy St. Marie.

Buzzy’s many talents are showcased in this album. It’s a good album, a happy sounding album.

Buzzy’s music is kind of a grab bag of sounds. There’s something to please just about every musical taste, from rock, jazz and blues to the
folk ballad.

For example, there’s Buzzy sounding like a rock ‘n roller f the ’50s on “You Don’t Have To Tell Me Goodbye.”

Or, making like a ’40s band singer on the ricky-ticky, honky-tonk sounding “See You Again.” Listening to the song makes you think of one of
those old movies with college kids gathered around a bandstand, swinging and swaying while their idol belts out the latest hit.

Buzzy is talented, since he has written or co-authored all 11 songs on the album. But, his voice isn’t the greatest.

This is especially evident on some of the ballads, such as “There It Goes Again.”

Despite all, Buzzy comes through quite nicely on the album. One of the best songs on the album is the title tune, “Pussycats Can Go Far.”

It’s a nice ballad with a fine arrangement.

The lyrics aren’t anything to write home about, but the melody does linger on.

Perhap s the best-known song on the album is “Friends,” which has been recorded by several artists including Bette Midler, who uses it as her theme song. It’s a good, happy sounding song.

Here’s hoping “Pussycats Can Go Far” does go far.

Buzzy Linhart has paid his dues and deserves some recognition.

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