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Buddy Wayne Knox July 20, — February 14,  was an American singer and songwriterbest known for his rock hit song, " Party Doll ". Knox was born in the tiny farming community of Happy, TexasUnited States, and learned to play the guitar in his youth. Knox's song "Party Doll" was released Depresso Espresso - Max Schmalz & Hens Herz - Der Goldene Westen the Roulette record label and went to No.
For his pioneering contribution, Knox was elected to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In the early s, Knox signed with Liberty Records and released several more mainstream pop records, featuring string arrangements and backing vocalists.
Liberty and principal record producer Snuff Garrett successfully employed the same production techniques for their other mainstream pop artists of the time, which included Johnny Burnette and Bobby Vee. InKnox, who had been living in semi-retirement in Macon, Georgia while running his publishing company, moved to Nashville, Tennessee and signed a new recording contract with United Artists Records. Working with producer Bob Montgomery songwriterKnox honed his traditional rockabilly style more toward the modern country sound of the day.
His first album on United Artists earned him the nickname by which he would be known for the remainder of his life. The title song of the album, Gypsy Manwritten by Sonny Curtis  and featuring Curtis' acoustic guitar work, received airplay on country music radio stations. Several singles recorded by Knox between and were notable for his experimenting with a variety of sounds and styles and, from a creative and critical standpoint, may have been his most productive era.
His cover version of James Hendricks' "Glory Train" was another stylistic stretch and featured a gospel-like chorus of backing vocalists. His cover of the Fleetwoods ' "Come Softly to Me" demonstrated a vocal range not heard on his older recordings. He also reached out to the new generation of songwriters who would become prominent during Nashville's " Outlaw Era " of the s, as he was one of the first artists to record Mickey Newbury 's Radon - Various - Hell Only Rockin'".
Several other major country music artists later recorded this song, but under the alternate title of "T. Total Tommy". Knox also recorded songs by Alex HarveyJohn D. Loudermilk and Gary Paxton. On several of these recordings, Knox experimented with multi-trackingsomething few artists had done up to that time.
Throughout the s, s, and early s he was based out of ManitobaCanada and toured primarily in Western Canada and upper Midwest U. Inhe starred in an independent Canadian movie Sweet Country Road. He said the fame took a toll on his family life. Traveling days a year for 35 years, he was voted "the most traveling entertainer in the world" by Billboard magazine, but he said it cost three marriages for him. Inhe divorced and moved to Party Doll - Buddy Knox With The Rhythm Orchids - Party Doll Columbia and was involved in several business ventures including a partnership in a local British Columbia nightclub.
His son, Michael Knoxis a record producer. Moving to Port Orchard, Washington in to be with his fiancee, he experienced a fall and injured his hip. The doctor informed him at that time that he had terminal lung cancer.
Knox scheduled a farewell show but died just a few weeks later on February 14,in Bremerton, Washington. He is interred in Dreamland Old-Shatterhand Melodie - Klaus Wunderlich - 24 Goldene Film-Melodien, in Canyon, Texas.
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