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Buddy Knox (1957)
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" written by Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen. It was performed by Buddy Knox with the Rhythm Orchids and became a hit on the Roulette label.
Buddy Knox was a teenager living near Happy, Texas in 1948 when he wrote the original verses of "Party Doll" behind a haystack on his family farm. While attending college at West Texas State University, he and two college friends, Jimmy Bowen and Don Lanier, traveled to Clovis, New Mexico to record the song at the studio of Norman Petty. Knox's sister and two of her friends, Iraene Potts of Amarilo and a neighbor, sang background vocals on the song and a girl from the marching band of Clovis High School was recruited to play cymbal. After pressing copies of the record, a DJ in Amarillo began playing "Party Doll" in 1956 and it soon became a regional hit. After being contacted by Roulette Records in New York City, the song was distributed around the U.S. and became a chart-topping hit, spending a week at #1 on the Top 100 chart, the precursor to the Billboard Hot 100, in March 1957
"Party Doll" was voted one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.