James E. Cason, 27 November 1939, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. In the mid-50s Cason took a liking to R&B and started a band, the Casuals, which was, contrarily for Nashville, a rock n roll group. The band included Johnny McCreery, Chester Power, Billy Smith and Richard Williams and they appeared locally on television. Cason also sang background vocals on records by artists including Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, and Bob Wills. In partnership with Bobby Russell, he wrote some songs, including Tennessee, which they recorded as the Todds, a trio of which the third member was Bergen White. Cason also worked in various pop groups, such as the Statues and the Countdowns. Under the name of Garry Miles he made a cover version of Garry Mills hit, Look For A Star. Later, Cason and Russell, who wrote hits such as Little Green Apples, formed a publishing company and a recording company.