Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Buddy Knox

One of those quirks of fate: Knox was a Texan, he had a few hits in the late 50 / early 60s, ultimately retired to a farm in southern Manitoba. Heck, we were almost neighbours.

Party Doll came from the American Graffiti soundtrack, Hula Love came from the single, and the others came from a cassette collection of his Liberty recordings.

Buddy Knox:

Party Doll - I saw a gal walkin’ down the street, sings Buddy. Maybe I want to have a party with you. The objectification of the female reached number 1 in the spring of 1957.
Hula Love – Paradise Hawaiian style, apologies to Elvis . The guy in the story comes from some “savage land” the name of which I would not attempt to reproduce here. Ultimately this is one of those the adults-are-against-us song, (think Pocohontas, think Runnin’ Bear), and it reached the top 10 in the fall of 1957.
Ling-Ting-Tong – A cover of The Five Keys hit from 1955. From the spring of 1961.
Lovey Dovey – Nonesense words. Otis & Carla covered this. From the winter of 1961.

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