Noland laid down some incredible sides during his quest for the diamond ring and the solid gold Cadillac. When young Texan Terry Noland Church began pursuing a musical career in the mid-1950s, one of the first things he did was drop off his last name. He also didn’t waste any time finding his way into the mix at Petty’s Clovis studio, at one point fronting a group called the Four Teens. Noland was regularly hanging with the best in the business and toured with names like Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, Sonny Curtis, Buddy Knox, Roy Orbison and many others. Some of his early records were good examples of what we now call rockabilly, but success was elusive and many of them didn’t get past the demo stage.
Phase two of Noland’s career occurred when the young performer surfaced in New York later in the decade and tried his hand at a more pop-oriented style. He did manage to sell some records over the next few years, often playing to the pop crowd with songs like “Puppy Love” and “Teenage Teardrops.” But he also returned to his earlier sound at times, and in the long run it would be his rockabilly records that would be most remembered and appreciated by fans of the era, with songs like “Ten Little Women” and “Hypnotized” among his best. After the death of Terry’s good friend Buddy Holly he stepped out of the spotlight and started “Silver Records”.