was born on March 6, 1938 in new Market, Virginia. After
working with local bands for a while, his remarkable talent
was noted by a member of Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours
when they were playing in the area. It was the time when
Buddy Emmons thought about leaving the Troubadours, so finally
Buddy Charleton got his chance to become a Texas Troubadour.
According to his own statement, one of the most difficult
moments in his career was the first night with the Troubadours
when somebody in the crowd said "Hey, that's not Buddy
Emmons!". Nevertheless Buddy jumped at the chance and
became one of the key musicians in the band. His tasteful
Country backing as well as his incredible Jazz and Swing
arrangements (together with Guitarists Leon Rhodes, Steve
Chapman and Pete Mitchell) are timeless classics.
Tired of living on and off the road, Buddy left the Texas
Troubadours in 1974, but still maintained his extraordinary
ability as one of the true stylists of the Pedal Steel Guitar.
In 1974, Buddy was inducted as a member of the Steel Guitar
Hall of Fame and taught steel guitar at Billy
Cooper's Music, in Orange, Virginia until he passed
away on January 25, 2011.