Recordings: Hitting Big with Hummables

The studio was next door to a garage in a New Mexico town called Clovis. For instruments, there was a $50 mail-order guitar and a battered bass with one string missing. The performers were two students from nearby West Texas State College, backed by the sister of one and her girl friend. Yet Party Doll and I'm Stickin' with You, the songs recorded that day by Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen and the "Rhythm Orchids," both caught on across the nation and became two of the top rockabilly hits of 1957.

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