1957 Jimmy Bowen With The Rhythm Orchids – I’m Stickin’ With You
Texas natives Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen formed the group the Rhythm Orchids with a few friends while they were still in high school. Their group performed on the same radio show as Roy Orbison and his Teen Kings band. Roy suggested the band go to New Mexico and work with producer Norman Petty at making recordings at the same studio where Buddy Holly recorded his early work.
Buddy and Jimmy wrote most of their material, which focused on Rockabilly music. Buddy wrote the song Party Doll in 1948 and played guitar while Jimmy played bass. They took turns singing lead. They recorded a handful of numbers in 1955, and the small local label Triple-D released a single in 1956 that had a new recording of Party Doll by Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids on one side and I’m Stickin’ With You by Jimmy Bowen With The Rhythm Orchids on the other side.
The much larger label Roulette Records licensed the single and separated the two sides from each other, expecting to get two hits from the two songs. Each song was reissued in 1957 on a single that included three other songs. Each single had songs credited only to the main star and their group.
Party Doll by Buddy Knox and the Rhythm Orchids reached #1 on the Hot 100 in early 1957 and peaked at #3 on the R&B chart. He followed that single with four more top forty singles by 1960.
The second single Roulette put out was I’m Stickin’ With Your by Jimmy Bowen With the Rhythm Orchids. Jimmy’s single stalled at #14 on the Hot 100 but reached #9 on the R&B chart. That was his only top forty hit. Disappointed with the results of his other singles, Jimmy turned to the production side of the industry. Frank Sinatra hired Jimmy as a producer for his new Reprise Record label, where Jimmy produced a long string of singles for Dean Martin. He also produced Frank’s biggest solo hit from the sixties, Strangers In The Night. In the seventies, Jimmy moved to Nashville and produced hit records for many Country artists.