Buddy Knox wrote the original verses of this song in 1948 behind a haystack on his Texas family farm. The rockabilly singer got together with some college friends to record the tune several years later at the Clovis, New Mexico studio of Norman Petty. Just 1,500 copies of the record were pressed, but when a DJ in Amarillo began playing the tune in 1956, ”Party Doll” soon became a regional hit.
The drum sound on this was actually made by a cardboard box filled with cotton. The Crickets stickman Jerry Allison was inspired to also use a cardboard box instead of a drum for ”Not Fade Away” after hearing this song.
1957 HITS ARCHIVE: Party Doll – Buddy Knox (his original #1 version)