I. Buddy Wayne Knox (July 20, 1933 - February 14, 1999) was an American singer and songwriter best known for his 1957 rockabilly hit song, “Party Doll”.
Knox was born in the tiny farming community of Happy, Texas and as a boy learned to play the guitar. In his teens, he and some high school friends formed a band called the “Rhythm Orchids.” After performing on the same 1956 radio show as fellow Texan Roy Orbison and his “Teen Kings” band, Orbison suggested Knox go see record producer Norman Petty at his studio in Clovis, New Mexico.
Knox recorded three songs at Petty’s studio, most notably “Party Doll” that later was released on the Roulette label and went to No.1 on the Cash Box magazine music chart in 1957. This success was followed by “Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep”, a top 20 hit, and “Hula Love”, a top 10 hit. While he never achieved the same level of artistic success, Buddy Knox enjoyed a long career in music. For his pioneering contribution, Knox was elected to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. “Party Doll” was voted one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
In May 1969, Buddy Knox appeared at Langley Speedway (British Columbia) in Langley, British Columbia, Canada and assisted in handing out trophies to the race winners.
A lifelong user of cigarettes, Buddy Knox died of lung cancer in 1999 in Bremerton, Washington. He is interred in Dreamland Cemetery, in Canyon, Texas.
II. Buddy Knox ‘Australia’s answer to BB King!
Buddy’s fervour for blues has been simmering for years, and finally in 2006, The Buddy Knox Blues Band was born.
“I haven’t got the blues… the blues have got me!”
Winner of the Sydney Blues society ‘Blues Challenge 2011’and excited to be goin’ to Memphis in 2012!
Winner of Australia’s most prestigious ‘Chain’ Awards music’s ‘Best New Blues Talent for 2009’
Buddy’s Debut Album ‘got da blues’ Won the ‘Newcastle’s 2008 Blues Awards ‘Album of the Year’.
Finalist for the ‘Deadly Awards’ Male Artist and Album of the Year 2011
Finalist ‘APRA Development Awards 2011’ for songwriters ‘Buddy’s Got The Blues Again’
Buddy’s second Album ‘Buddy’s Blues’ song ‘Squeaky Chair Blues’ music /lyrics make the top Ten Musicoz Awards 2010
Buddy is a funky blues man, and he does more than just play music… he thrills his crowd with great blues guitar on his 335 Gibson and with some stage theatrics tossed in, he does indeed ‘smoke ya boots’. Buddy and his band play authentic blues, with a dash of didgeridoo!! Unique and funky!!
Buddy’s blues influences include all the Kings: Freddie, Albert and BB, Robert Delbert McClinton, with vast blues knowledge of the old blues men and a great respect tor their work.
Buddy and his band have a unique stage presentation, they like to ‘go hard’ and give audiences their best.
Named ‘The Diamond Band’ of the weekend” The Wagga Wagga ‘Jazz n Blues Festival’ 2008
Buddy says he “feels like a man ‘bout to light a smoke at a petrol pump’…”
Buddy Knox and his Blues BandBand Members
Buddy Knox Guitar/ Vocals
Teangi Knox Drums/ Harmonies
Fiona Peters Accordian
Gareth Hudson Double Bass, Didgeridoo, Bass / Harmonies
Edited by In2TheBlues on 11 Jun 2013, 21:06
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