March 30 – Buddy Knox & Rhythm Orchids

1957

1958

Texan Buddy Knox(*) and the Rhythm Orchids (Jimmy Bowen, Don Lanier, David Alldred) top the US charts with Party Doll.

The song — recorded by Norm Petty in Clovis, NM — was originally released on the Triple-D label (named for KDDD radio). Then the band fell into the hands of Morris Levy at Roulette Records, which also released I’m Sticking With You (it also sells over a million singles). The boys had to hire Allen Klein to get more royalties out of Roulette. (*) Also in 1957 they get their second and last top-10, Hula Love, along with US#17 single Rock Your Little Baby to Sleep.

Knox appears in 1957 British movie Jamboree along with many of the day’s top stars. Knox moves to Liberty Records, where in 1960 he records top-40 record Lovey Dovey(US#25) (a cover of The Clovers 1954 USR&B#2.) His 1968 album Gypsy Man makes USCountry#64.

Jimmy Bowen(*) goes on to produce for the labels Chancellor, Reprise, Capitol and MCA, becoming an MCA executive in 1988. In 1997 he publishes book Rough Mix, an ‘unapologetic look at the music business’. ▷ISBN▹

( Knox site )

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