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Posted By: Jim Liddane on: 06/15/2009 18:45:27 EDT|
Subject: RE: Pop Instrumentals - Bill Doggett - Honky Tonk - 1956
This is great stuff.|
"Wheels" was by the Stringalongs - the tune was written by Buddy Holly's manager Norman Petty.
Although Petty did handle vocalists like Holly, he seemed to prefer instrumentals himself, having his own Norman Petty Trio which had hits in the 50's with tunes like "Almost Paradise" and "Mood Indigo" before Holly arrived.
When Holly died, Petty went back to instrumentals.
The Stringlongs had a number of hits apart from "Wheels", and then along came The Fireballs, who had lots of instrumental hits, before they produced a vocal "Sugar Shack" which I think was the biggest-selling record of 1963.
"Happy Organ" was great - and I also like his other one "Rinky Dink".
Holly's version of "Honky Tonk" is on an album released around 1963 - he also did a second instrumental called "Holly Hop". He was actually quite a good guitarist and his version of "Honky Tonk" is pretty good for a three-piece combo.