Saturday, May 7, 2011

"Party Doll" by Buddy Knox.

OK, more 50's one-hit wonders: This Happy, Texas native (pop. 690) co-wrote his only hit in '48 with Jimmy Bowden when he was only 15. A rockabilly classic, it topped the charts in '57 and has sold over 10 million copies since then. Backed by The Rhythm Orchids, he became the first Texas rockabilly artist to earn a Gold Record. THE first artist of the Rock & Roll Era to write and record his own #1 hit. Considered a pioneer of what evolved into the Tex-Mex sound. Steve Lawrence's cover peaked at #5. Part of the "American Graffiti" soundtrack ('73). Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Baby Talk" by Jan and Dean. I had the privilege of seeing Jan & Dean opening for McGuinn, Clark & Hillman in '79. Incredible concert! The sad thing was that, because of his accident, Jan Berry had memory loss - he had to re-memorize all the lyrics right before going on stage. He had visual cues with their keyboard player so that when he would forget lyrics the keyboardist would seamlessly fill in.

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