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Friday, 20 July 2018

Buddy Knox born 20 July 1933


Buddy Wayne Knox (July 20, 1933 - February 14, 1999) was an American singer and songwriter best known for his 1957 rockabilly hit song, "Party Doll".

Knox was born in the tiny farming community of Happy, Texas, and learned to play the guitar in his youth. In his teens, he and some high school friends formed a band called the "Rhythm Orchids". After they performed on the same 1956 radio show as fellow Texan Roy Orbison and his "Teen Kings" band, Orbison suggested that Knox go to record producer Norman Petty, who had a recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico, the same studio where Buddy Holly recorded several of his early hits, including "That'll Be the Day".


                             

Knox recorded "Party Doll". "Party Doll" was released on the Roulette record label and went to No.1 on the Cash Box record chart in 1957 (after being picked from the tiny Triple-D label). It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the
RIAA. This success was followed by "Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep", a No.17 hit, and "Hula Love", a No.9 hit. While he never achieved the same level of artistic success as Holly or Orbison, Knox outlived both and enjoyed a long career in music. For his pioneering contribution, Knox was elected to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. "Party Doll" was voted one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Buddy was in the army and stationed with Elvis so the two had become good friends. When Buddy would be in California recording for Liberty records in the early 60’s he would call Elvis
and would always be invited to visit him at his home. Buddy released several more mainstream pop records, featuring string arrangements and backing vocalists. "Lovey Dovey" and "Ling-Ting-Tong" were the most notable recordings from this era. The sound captured on these recordings was a distinct departure from his earlier rockabilly work for Roulette. Liberty and principal record producer Snuff Garrett successfully employed the same production techniques for their other mainstream pop artists of the time, which included Johnny Burnette and Bobby Vee.

In 1968, Knox, who had been living in semi-retirement in Macon, Georgia while running his publishing company, moved to Nashville, Tennessee and signed a new recording contract with United Artists Records. Working with producer Bob Montgomery (songwriter), Knox honed his traditional rockabilly style more toward the modern country sound of the day. His first album on United Artists earned him the nickname by which he would be known for the remainder of his life. The title song of the album, "Gypsy Man", written by Sonny Curtis and featuring Curtis' acoustic guitar work, received airplay on country music radio stations.

Several singles recorded by Knox between 1968 and 1974 were notable for his experimenting with a variety of sounds and styles and, from a creative and critical standpoint, may have been his most productive era. His version of Delaney Bramlett's "God Knows I Love You", along with his self-penned "Salt Lake City", placed Knox firmly in the midst of the new pop music genre, being populated by artists such as Delaney & Bonnie, Eric Clapton, and others who were on the leading edge of the developing Southern rock style.

He also reached out to the new generation of songwriters who would become prominent during Nashville's "Outlaw Era" of the 1970s, as he was one of the first artists to record Mickey Newbury's "I'm Only Rockin'". Several other major country music artists later recorded this song, but under the alternate title of "T. Total Tommy". Knox also recorded songs by Alex Harvey, John D. Loudermilk and Gary Paxton. On several of these recordings, Knox experimented with multi-tracking, something few artists had done up to that time.

Throughout the 1970s, '80s, and early '90s he was based out of Manitoba, Canada and toured primarily in Western Canada and upper Mid-West US with occasional European appearances. In 1981, he starred in an independent Canadian movie "Sweet Country Road".

He said the fame took a toll on his family life. Travelling 250 days a year for 35 years, he was voted "the most travelling entertainer in the world" by Billboard magazine, but he said it cost three marriages for him.
In 1992, he divorced and moved to British Columbia and was involved in several business ventures including a partnership in a local British Columbia nightclub.

Moving to Port Orchard, WA in 1997 to be with his fiancée, he experienced a fall and injured his hip. The doctor informed Buddy (who was a long-time smoker) at that time that he had terminal lung cancer. Knox scheduled a farewell show but died just a few weeks later on February 14, 1999, in Bremerton, Washington. He is interred in Dreamland Cemetery, in Canyon, Texas. (Edited from Wikipedia)

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For “Buddy Knox - Party Doll and Other Hits” go here:

https://www51.zippyshare.com/v/nGzd86Yk/file.html

1. PARTY DOLL
2. DON'T MAKE ME CRY
3. ROCK YOUR LITTLE BABY TO SLEEP
4. HULA LOVE
5. DEVIL WOMAN
6. ROCKHOUSE
7. ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK
8. MAYBELLINE
9. CAUSE I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU
10. MARY LOU
11. SWINGIN' DADDY
12. WHENEVER I'M LONELY
13. ALL FOR YOU
14. THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN HAIR
15. C'MON BABY
16. SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME
17. TEASABLE PLEASABLE YOU
18. THAT'S WHY I CRY
19. I THINK I'M GONNA KILL MYSELF
20. JUST TO BE WITH YOU
21. TASTE OF THE BLUES
22. I AIN'T SHARIN' SHARON
23. LONG LONELY NIGHTS
24. STORM CLOUDS
25. LOVEY DOVEY
26. I GOT YOU

Buddy Knox was a pioneer of the Lone Star State rockabilly sound and yet is sadly an under-appreciated artist of the early rock and roll era. All 10 of his American Hot 100 hits appear here for the first time on one CD including the million selling classic 'Party Doll', which was written and recorded by Buddy Knox and in fact he was the first artist to ever do so! Superbly remastered from original vinyl. (Jasmine notes)