Party Doll by Buddy Knox and The Rhythm Orchids

April 18, 2013

Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen, and Dan Lanier met while students at West Texas State. Knox had written a song as a high school student. The three friends walked into a local recording studio with $60 in their pocket. They left the studio with a copy of “Party Doll.” 1500 copies were pressed on the local Triple-D Label. This led to a trip to New York City and the offices of Roulette Records.

They had been using the name Orchids but Roulette changed it to Rhythm Orchids. Buddy Knox’s name was put out front as he was the lead singer.

“Party Doll” was a rockabilly song at heart. It reached number five on the Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart and number two on both the BILLBOARD 100 and Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart. However, on March 10, 1957, “Party Doll” topped BILLBOARD Most Played In Stores Chart for one week, giving Knox the only number one hit of his career.

Knox would perform for the rest of his life but all ten of his chart singles would happeen 1957-1961.


Party Doll 45 by Buddy Knox

October 30, 2011

I think it’s safe to say that Buddy Knox is the only artist to have a number one hit to have been born in Happy, Texas.

He formed the Rhythm Orchids at Texas State University with himself as vocalist/guitarist, bassist Jimmy Bowen, guitarist Don Lanier, and drummer Dave Alldred.

“Party Doll” was released February 23, 1957 and topped the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart for one week. It was an up-tempo blast of early rock ‘n’ roll and a rare rockabilly tune to reach number one. Unfortunately Knox would change his style as time progressed and never have that type of success again.

Knox would pass away during 1999. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame would honor “Party Doll” as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock ‘n’ roll. He is a member of The Rockabilly Hall Of Fame.