Buddy Knox

She's Gone: The Liberty Years

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If you love Bobby Vee, you'll like She's Gone: The Liberty Years. A few years after Buddy Knox scored a million-selling hit with "Party Doll," he made his way to Liberty Records, where Snuff Garrett's production turned him into a Bobby Vee clone. That's not a bad thing, since Vee is arguably the Elvis Presley or Beatles of the teen idol set, but it didn't bode well for Knox forging any kind of unique identity. Following Vee's hit version of the Clovers' "Devil or Angel" by only a few months, Knox cut their "Lovey Dovey" and had the biggest hit of his Liberty period. He dipped into R&B again with a charting remake of the Five Keys' "Ling Ting Tong," a series of mild rockers and novelties, and a few re-creations of his Roulette hits before parting ways with Liberty in 1964. She's Gone: The Liberty Years contains Knox's complete Liberty recordings, beautifully mastered from the original tapes and packaged with a booklet full of notes and photos. Enthusiasts of heavily orchestrated teen idol pop -- where traditional pop's art of arranging and newfangled rock & roll's energy and youthfulness intersected -- will find plenty of it here.

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