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Billy Adams - I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself (1965)

(Buddy Knox)
Australia Australia
#49 Melbourne

Single on the Go! label by Billy Adams (William Tregonning), former lead singer of Melbourne band The Checkmates and a regular on The Go!! Show.

Adams’s biggest hit was Slow Down Sandy (1965, #12 Melbourne), and another single Dancing In Your Eyes (1966) charted in Brisbane (#24) and Perth (#37).

Billy Adams Go! singles discography:
 Slow Down Sandy (Quinteros)/Alone (Brite) 1965
 I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself (Knox)/Shirley Lee (Trammell) 1965
 Lookin’ For Love (Orbison-Nelson)/All Time Loser (Sparks) 1966
 Dancing In Your Eyes (Bradley-Mason)/Come Dance With Me (Quinteros) 1966
 Change Your Mind/I Fall To You 1966

References: 1. Second Wave discography. 2. Milesago’s Billy Adams page (citing Ian McFarlane). 3. The Go!! Show from LaurieAllen.net [archived page].

Paul Evans & Mimi Evans - I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself (1964)

(Buddy Knox)

Single on Epic, B-side of Bewitched.

Paul Evans: As a songwriter, known for co-writing Bobby Vinton’s Roses Are Red (My Love) (1962, #1 USA) and The Kalin Twins’ When (1958, #5 USA).

As a singer he released Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat (1959, #9 USA), Happy-Go-Lucky-Me (1960, #10 USA) and Hello, This Is Joanie (1979, #6 UK; a hit in some Australian cities). Show Folk got some airplay in Australia and charted in Perth. (I cannot tell a lie: I mention it because it’s an old favourite of mine.)

References, further reading: 1. PaulEvans.com is worth visiting (and he answers his emails!). 2. Paul Evans at Wikipedia.

Buddy Knox - I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself (1959)

(Buddy Knox)
Original version
#55 USA #13 Melbourne #20 Brisbane

Buddy Knox (1933-1999) was a contemporary of fellow Texans Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly. His first and biggest hit, Party Doll (1957 #1 USA), was recorded at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis NM, where Buddy Holly first recorded successfully.

Hula Love (1957, #9 USA), also written by Knox, followed the upbeat rockabilly style of Party Doll. Knox continued to record in a country music vein throughout the 60s, first at Liberty with Snuff Garrett who produced his last charting mainstream single Lovey Dovey (1961, #25 USA), and later with United Artists in Nashville where Sonny Curtis wrote and arranged his country favourite Gypsy Man, produced by Bob Montgomery.