|Buddy Knox, Texas Legend
In 1954 Buddy's family moved to Canyon, Texas, where Buddy enrolled at West Texas State College. There he met bass guitarist Jimmy Bowen, guitarist Don Lanier, and drummer Dave Alldred, all members of the college glee club called "The Serenaders." The four of them formed a group called "The Rhythm Orchids." Afevr graduation, a song that Buddy had written along with Jimmy Bowen came to the attention of music publisher Phil Kahl. The boys flew to New York and recorded the song for Roulette records. "Party Doll" was released in February 1957 and became an instant smash.
Group member Jimmy Bowen recorded his "Iím Stickiní with You" at the same time. It was also released on Roulette and became a big hit. After his musical cerreer Buddy worked as a staff producer for Jimmy Bowenís Amos Productions in Los Angeles. He also owned a string of night clubs in Canada.
Buddy Wayne Knox passed away on St. Valentine's Day, February 14, 1999 after a sudden onset of cancer. Buddy died as he lived, with great spirit and courage. He was a star of the Rockabilly era, a contemporary of Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley with a number of charted hits to his credit. He is survived by his children Wendy, Michael, Wayne, Jesse and Ginger and his fianceť Becky Carpenter. He will be deeply missed and will continue to inspire us all.
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