Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Vintage Video: Buddy Knox Sings "Party Doll"

59 years ago today (March 30, 1957), Buddy Knox hit the top of the charts with Party Doll.

Knox wrote some of the lyrics for the songs as early as 1948 while still living on his family's farm. While attending West Texas State University in the mid-50's, he became friends with Jimmy Bowan (I'm Stickin' With You, producer of hits by Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin) and the two finished the song.

Knox, Bowan and Don Lanier traveled to Clovis, NM and recorded the song at Norman Petty's studio. The release became a regional hit and was picked up by Roulette Records nationally where it went to the top of the charts making the song the first of the rock era that was written by the track's writer.

Buddy continued to have top thirty hits through the beginning of the sixties with Rock Your Little Baby to Sleep (1957 / #17), Hula Love (1957 / #9), Somebody Touched Me (1958 / #22) and Lovey Dovey (1960 / #25).