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November 7, 2019
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The Fabulous but Sadly Short Reign of Buddy Holly & the Crickets

Here is a rather comprehensive historical collage of the group who rocked our world for far too short a time – Just imagine if Buddy Holly had lived on!

Buddy Holly set his sights on a career in country music early on – from the time he took up guitar – influenced by his older brother Travis, abandoning piano.

And then it would only be a matter of a few years when Buddy would change directions – converting to rock and roll after appearing on a bill in his home town of Lubbock, Texas with the upcoming Elvis Presley.  In a very short period of time – from 1955 up until February of 1959, Buddy Holly and his Texas friends and musical associates would make a lasting and powerful impact on the world of straight ahead rock and roll.

Crickets – the Early Days

Holly – Jack Neal – Bob Montgomery – Jerry Allison – Larry Welborn – The Early Days

Starting in high school and then continuing on after graduation, Buddy’s path would start out in a country vein, but always with an ear towards  rock and roll as his Presley encounters would assure.   As early as 1952 Buddy was working with his friend Jack Neal – performing as “Buddy & Jack” entering a talent contest and appearing on local television.  Neal would depart going into 1954, and would be replaced with an early associate in Lubbock from his junior high school days,  Bob Montgomery now becoming  “Buddy and Bob”.

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Buddy and Bob

The two would perform on Lubbock radio station KDAV and would sing on a ticket as stated above at the Lubbock Youth Center with Elvis Presley and would do the same with Porter Wagner.  Before long, Buddy would add in a couple of high school class mates to provide more rhythm, pals Jerry Allison and Larry Welborn who played drums and bass respectively.

On another occasion in Lubbock, Holly, Montgomery and Welborn would open for Bill Haley and His Comets.  This experience seems to have solidified Buddy’s ambition towards committing to rock and roll – His group’s business card would bear the tag line “Western & Bop”.

Holly and the boys weren’t a firmly established “group” as of yet, just a bunch of kids exploring their interest in music and increasingly in rock and roll.

Decca Records – A Dead End

Decca Era – Holly – Allison – Sonny Curtis – and Don Guess (on stand-up bass)

It was at the Bill Haley concert in 1955 that Buddy was spotted by a record producer and talent scout, who would recommend Buddy to Decca Records in Nashville.  And it was this same producer who would misspell Buddy’s name from Holley to “Holly” a mistake which would stick forever on.

Decca wasn’t interested in bringing Montgomery to Nashville.  This nearly caused Holly to pass on the invitation.  But Montgomery insisted that Buddy make the trip to possibly realize his dream.

So it was off to Decca to record with the noted producer Owen Bradley.    The Decca experience wasn’t a good one for Buddy and apparently Decca was looking more for a traditional country artist.  In Nashville Buddy was accompanied by Jerry Allison, Sonny Curtis and Don Guess – Holly, Curtis and Guess were being called “Buddy Holly and the The Two Tones” – Decca would change that to be “The Three Tunes”.

Bradley in Control of Buddy at DeccaThis was 1956 and going into 1957, Decca would terminate Holly’s contract as neither the label or Holly were enthralled with the progress being made.  Buddy was disappointed in the lack of control in the studio:

Decca would place stipulations on the separation: Buddy couldn’t record the Decca songs again for another label and he couldn’t perform for five years using “Buddy Holly”.  Initially, three singles would be released by Decca.  Down the road when Buddy took off – Decca would release four additional tracks and an LP as well.

Clovis and Norm Petty & the “Classic Crickets”

After the Decca session, Sonny Curtis and Don Guess would move on from Holly and so Allison and Buddy would work for a time as a duo in Lubbock – not performing often but jamming at Buddy’s home constantly.

After witnessing the success of two Texas musicians, Buddy Knox (“Party Doll”) and his band mate from The Orchids, Jimmy Bowen (“I’m Stickin’ With You”) Buddy decided to head out for Clovis to meet producer Norman Petty.  He would be accompanied by Jerry of course, along with Larry Welborn once again on bass and noq adding a 19-year old he would meet in Lubbock, Niki Sullivan.

The boys did well enough with Petty to gain the attention of producer Bob Thiele who would would sign the boys to Brunswick Records.  The group, along with Petty, had already confronted the restriction of Buddy not using his name with another label and after brain storming names came up with “The Crickets” – Allison’s inspiration for this choice was a black vocal group who recorded for Imperial – “The Spiders”..  Ironically, Holly and company would learn that another R&B group had recording back in 1953 as “The Crickets”.

Inspirational Spiders – 1955

Before long, Thiele would come to realize that Buddy had been with Decca – and with Brunswick being a Decca subsidiary – the restrictions were lifted.  But the Crickets’ name would continue on – when Petty decided to release songs by “The Crickets” on Brunswick and made arrangements for Buddy to release songs on another Decca subsidiary – Coral.

The 1953 “Crickets”

Generally, members of the Crickets could be heard on both Brunswick and Coral recordings but there was often shuffling of musicians and substitutions.  It was during this early time with Petty that the Crickets would settle in with what would become their most iconic assemblage – three of which are shown above along with Sonny Curtis – those being Niki Sullivan, Jerry Allison and Joe Mauldin who Buddy met – yes – at school in Lubbock.

Not long after the first Clovis sessions, Joe Maudlin comes in to replace Larry Welborn on bass – Joe was very young at the time and in fact still attending high school.  Maudlin had some experience under his belt, coming from a group called “The Four Teens” – a group which included Terry Noland – They recorded a record on Challenge in 1958.  Noland recorded for Brunswick Records from 1957 until 1959.  Noland came to Lubbock from Abilene, Texas and attended high school with Buddy Holly – and recorded in the Petty Clovis studio.

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In late 1957 Niki Sullivan decides he does not care for travelling and he departs the Crickets – It is easy to see how Niki could have tired of life on the road  – with the Crickets appearing at more than 80 venues during 1957!  They decided carry on without him as a trio initially until the boys meet up with Tommy Allsup in Clovis – Tommy joins as a second guitar player.

Buddy with Allsup – 1958

During a 1958 tour of Australia a song came to the attention of Buddy – “Wild Child” by a group called Johnny O’Keefe and the Dee Jays.  Norman Petty would arrange to pick up the rights for the song in the U.S. and would release it in May of ’58 on Decca’s subsidiary Brunswick changing the title to “Real Wild Child”.

O’Keefe was a straight ahead raucous stage performer who largely introduced Australia to unabashed rock n’ roll.

Then Buddy and Jerry would enter the recording studio with Allison taking the vocals for the song and Buddy coming in on lead guitar.  The song would be released in July of 1958 on Coral.

Parting of the Ways

Buddy and Norman Petty come to a crossroads – Petty is encouraging Buddy to keep his marriage to Maria Elena Santiago quiet for the sake of his female fans – Buddy makes a surprising decision and heads for New York where he will settle into the Greenwich Village community – a rather strange choice for a rockabilly singer – but Holly’s musical ambitions were evolving.  Simultaneously he bids the Crickets farewell – parting on friendly terms.

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Buddy and Maria

Jerry, Joe and Tommy decide to continue on as the Crickets and they add Sonny Curtis back into the band.

Buddy-less Crickets: Allison – Allsup – Mauldin – Curtis

Clear Lake….

The tragic end for Buddy Holly has been told and retold – not to be told again here….  Buddy’s choice for a backing band on the ill fated “Winter Dance Party” tour would Waylon Jennings on bass – who Buddy had met in Clovis and had assisted with some recording production.  Waylon would be joined by Carl Bunch on drums and Tommy Allsup on lead guitar would sign on, taking some time out from the Crickets who were back in Lubbock contemplating approaching Buddy about putting the band back together.

After the February 2nd airplane crash the tragic tour of the northern states would continue on – with Jimmy Clanton, Frankie Avalon and Fabian all coming on board to help fill out the bill.

Jennings and Bunch

Carl Bunch was a member Ronnie Smith & the Poor Boys, also K.C. Grand and the Shades and then the The Jitters.  The Shades and Jitters both recorded with Norman Petty in Clovis.  He was also a member of Roy Orbison’s Teen Kings for about 12 months.  Tommy Allsup was also with the Orbison band.  Bunch left Roy’s band (before Roy became famous) and joined a group called The Classics working out of Omaha, Nebraska.  In 1966 Carl would join up with Hank Williams, Jr.

The Poor Boys

Then It was onto New York and New Jersey playing with Harry White and the Nashvillians.  Carl finally migrated to the other side of the U.S. settling down in California for a long stretch working completely outside of the music industry first as a chauffeur and then as a Christian minister.

The Crickets Chirp On

The Crickets were stunned by the news.  After some time they discussed continuing on recording initially at the Clovis studio, bringing in vocalist Earl Sinks as Buddy’s “replacement”.  Sinks would record on the Crickets LP titled “In Style With the Crickets sharing vocals with Sonny Curtis on “I Fought the Law” and “Love’s Made A Fool of You” the first composed Sonny Curtis and the second by Bob Montgomery and Buddy Holly.  Sinks would quickly depart – even before the LP was completed –  and would be replaced by David Box to help complete the project.  Curtis was absent for this recording session – busy finishing up his military service requirement.

Earl Sinks and David Box

Earl Sinks was born in Whitharral, Texas and had performed with the famous Bob Wills band at before reaching his teens.  After moving on from the Crickets, Sinks would enjoy a long and productive career in Nashville, singing and composing.  Sinks would team up with Bob Montgomery working for Acuff-Rose in Nashville.

David Box was yet another Lubbock, Texas-born musician – though several years younger than Holly and company.  Box lived very close to Jerry Allison’s parents in Lubbock and was thus recommended by another neighbor to help out the Crickets during Sonny Curtis’s absence in the military.  Box had fronted a Lubbock group “The Ravens” formed in 1958 prior to his stint with the Crickets.  Box provided lead vocals on the final Coral single “Peggy Sue Got Married” which also included fellow Raven Ernie Hall on drums.

David was co-composer of the Cricket’s song “Don’t Cha Know” from 1960.

Earl Sinks – David Box – Short Term Crickets

In 1960 the Crickets would sign on with Liberty Records where they recorded as a group but more significantly became “session musicians” for many artists recording on the West Coast label.

At Liberty Crickets: Sonny Curtis – Jerry Allison – Glen Hardin and Jerry Naylor

Glen Hardin

Glen Hardin was born in Wellington, Texas in 1939.  He cut his teeth out in southern California at Hollywood’s Palamino Club – a favorite country spot featuring big names.  Hardin was part of a curious assemblage of musicians first called the “Shin-Diggers” later named the “Shindogs” – being the featured group on television’s “Shingdig!”

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Hardin would later compose several hits for Liberty Records’ Gary Lewis and the Playboys.  He did a brief stint with Colorado’s John Denver as part of his supporting band in the 1970’s

Hardin (3rd) with Crickets and Bobby Vee

The Shindogs included James Burton, Billy Preston, Glen Campbell, Delaney Bramlet and Leon Russell along with Hardin!

Jerry Naylor

Jerry Naylor was born in Chalk Mountain, Texas in 1939.  He first performed as a steel guitar player appearing in Carlsbad and San Angelo, Texas with a rockabilly band.  He then became a DJ in San Angelo where he would also front a rockabilly trio called “The Cavaliers”.

Jerry would join the Crickets in 1961 when they were on-board with Liberty Records.  He remained with the group for just a bit more than two years.

Jerry Naylor

Latter Day Cricket Doings

The various Crickets would carry on – appearing here and there – breaking off for special projects – recording – composing – just keeping the spirit alive.

For the most part, Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison were the mainstays over the years.  In 1971 they recorded an LP called “Rockin’ 50’s Rock n’ Roll”.  Lineup for this was Allison and Curtis rounded out with Doug Gilmore.

Then in 1973 they cut the LP “Bubblegum, Bop, Ballad and Boogies” again with Jerry and Sonny – now with Hardin back and the addition of Brit Ric Grech from Traffic and Blind Faith.  Not long after that “Tonio K” (Steven Krikorian) and another Brit – Albert Lee would supplement the lineup – not your father’s Crickets.

Doug Gilmore – Albert Lee – Stephen Kirkorian – Rich Grech – Crickets All!

In 1973 the Crickets would release the “Remnants” LP.  1974 gave us “A Long Way From Lubbock” with Allison, Curtis, Grech, Lee, Nick van Maarth and Krikorian teaming up.

“The Crickets and Buddies” LP came in 2004 with all sorts of musicians making cameo appearances – including Waylon Jennings, Graham Nash, Eric Clapton and Bobby Vee.

2008 welcomed the Crickets into the “Musicians Hall of Fame” located in Nashville.  And finally the Crickets were inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, an attempt to amend their omission 26 years earlier when Buddy Holly was inducted.

Joe Mauldin – Niki Sullivan, Earl Sinks, Tommy Allsup and the great Buddy Holly are all deceased as of November, 2019.

Holly & Crickets Clippings

New Musical Express – Feb 1958

New Musical Express – July, 1961

Crickets with Vee Oct 1962 – New Musical Express

Buddy Holly Week 1976

September, 1976

July, 1978 Radio Special

BMI Winner Buddy Holly April, 1979

Crickets Concert Posters

The Crickets performed in far more concerts than displayed here – where poster images have been located)

The Apollo Theater – Harlem, New York – August, 1957

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Maple Leaf Gardens – Toronto Ontario, Canada – September 14th, 1957

(Joe Maudlin – Buddy Holly – Niki Sullivan shown)

War Memorial Auditorium – Rochester, New York – September 17th, 1957

Memorial Coliseum – Winston-Salem, North Carolina – September 20th, 1957

Municipal Auditorium – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – September 29th, 1957

The Municipal Auditorium – San Antonio, Texas – October 4th, 1957

Memorial Coliseum – Corpus Christi, Texas – October 5th, 1957

Civic Auditorium – Albuquerque, New Mexico – October 9th, 1957

Shrine Auditorium – Los Angeles, California – October 15th, 1957

Memorial Auditorium – Sacramento, California

The Paramount Theater – Portland, Oregon – October 22nd, 1957

Georgia Auditorium – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – October 23rd, 1957

The Forum – Wichita, Kansas – November 2nd, 1957

Arena Municipal Auditorium – Topeka, Kansas – November 5th, 1957

Kiel Auditorium – St. Louis, Missouri – November 6th, 1957

Indiana Theaer – Indianapolis, Indiana – November 7th, 1957

Fairgrounds Coliseum – Louisville, Kentucky – November 9th, 1957

The Fox Theater – Detroit, Michigan – November 10th, 1957

Warner Theater – Erie, Pennsylvania – November 13th, 1957

All Freed Big Beat Television Program- 1957

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The Crickets are now moving forward as a trio – with Buddy, Joe Mauldin and Jerry Allison

Auditorium – Youngstown, Ohio – January 15th, 1958

The Auditorium Theater – Rochester, New York – January 19th, 1958

United Kingdom Tour Program

The London Pallladium – London, England – March 2nd, 1958

Gaumont Ipswich – England – March 15th, 1958

Philharmonic Hall – Liverpool, England – March 20th, 1958

Colston Hall – Bristol, England – March 23rd, 1958

Memorial Auditorium – Kitchener, Ontario, Canada – April 11th, 1958

The Municipal Theater – Tulsa, Oklahoma – April 16th, 1958

Fall Biggest Show of Stars of 1958

Arcadia Ballroom – Providence, Rhode Island – October 4th, 1958

Stambaugh Auditorium – Youngstown, Ohio – October 12th, 1958

Akron Armory – Akron, Ohio – October 14th, 1958

The Catholic Youth Center – Scranton, Ohio – October 16th, 1958

Wausau, Wisconsin – July 12th, 1958

Riverside Ballroom – Green Bay, Wisconsin – February 1st, 1959

Winter Dance Party – Clear Lake, Iowa – February 2nd, 1959 (the final concert before the accident)

The Invasion!

In 1964 the British arrived in force on America’s shores – The British groups were highly influenced by Buddy Holly and the Crickets – as evidenced by these releases and or group photos where Spectacle Adorned “Buddy’s” were often the rule:

Chad & Jeremy

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Freddie & the Dreamers

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Herman’s Hermits

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Peter & Gordon

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The Zombies

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Buddy Holly & Crickets 45 Discography

(Holly and the Crickets were big in the U.K. – Some of their charting recordings from there are included here – The personnel supporting Holly on his Decca and Coral 45’s varied from some members of the Crickets to session players – and others who were in and out)

45 – Decca 9-29854 – Love Me/Blue Days Black Nights – Released April 16th, 1956

45 – Decca 9-30166 – Modern Don Juan – You Are My One Desire – Released December 24th, 1956

45 – Coral 9-61852 – Words Of Love/Mailman Bring Me No More Blues – Released June 20th, 1957

45 – Decca 9-30434 – That’ll Be The Day/Rock Around With Ollie Vee – Released August 12th, 1957 (by Buddy Holly and The Three Tunes)

45 – Brunswick 9-55009 – That’ll Be The Day – Number 1 – Released May 27th, 1957 – Entered Chart August 12th, 1957

(Norman Petty would re-record the hit version in his Clovis studio)

45 – Brunswick 9-55036 – Oh Boy!/Not Fade Away – Released October 27th, 1957 – Charted Number 10

45 – Coral 9-61885 – Peggy Sue/Everyday – Charted Number 3 Hot 100 – Released September 20th, 1957 – Entered Charts November 11th, 1957

(Jerry’s wife Peggy Sue Gerron- stated in an interview after Jerry’s death that he told her that Buddy Holly composed the song alone)

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The late Peggy Sue Gerron – Deceased 2018

45 EP – Brunswick EB 71036 – The Chirping Crickets – November 27th, 1957

45 EP – Brunswick EB 71038 – The Sound of the Crickets – Released December, 1957

45 – Decca 9-30543 – Love Me/You Are My One Desire – Released January 6th, 1958

45 – Brunswick 9-55053 – Maybe Baby/Tell Me How – Released January, 1968 – Charted Number 17 – March 3rd, 1958

45 – Coral – 9-61947 – I’m Gonna Love You Too/Listen to Me – Released February 5th, 1958

Listen To Me Charted Number 16 UK

45 EP – Coral EC 81169 – Listen To Me – Released February 20th, 1958

45 EP – Decca ED 2575 – That’ll Be The Day – Released April 14th, 1958

45 – Coral 9-61985 – Rave On/Take Your Time – Charted Number 37 Hot 100 – Released Number April 20th, 1958 – Entered Charts May 25th, 1958

45 – Brunswick 9-55072 – Think It Over/Fool’s Paradise – Released May, 1958

45 UK – Coral Q 72329 – Think It Over – Charted UK Number 11 – July, 1958

45 – Decca 9-30650 – Girl On My Mind/Ting-A-Ling – Released June, 1958

45 – Coral 9-62006 – Early In The Morning/Now We’re One – Released July 5th, 1958 – Charted Number 32 – Entered Charts August 4th, 1958.

45 – Brunswick 9-55094 – It’s So Easy/Lonesome Tears – Released September,1958

45 – Coral 9-62051 – Heartbeat/Well… All Right – Released October, 1958 – Charted Number 82 – Entered Charts December 29th, 1958

45 – Coral 9-62074 – It Doesn’t Matter Anymore/Raining In My Heart  – 2-Side Hit – Charted Numbers 13 and 88 Hot 100 – Released January, 1959 – Entered Charts February 23rd, 1959 & March 30th, 1959

45 EP – Coral EC 81182 – The Buddy Holly Story – Released February 20th, 1959

Alternate Back Cover

45 – Brunswick 9-55124 – Love’s Made A Fool Of You/Someone, Someone – Released March, 1959

45 UK – Coral Q 72365 – Love’s Made A Fool Of You – Charted UK Number 26 – April, 1959

45 – Coral 9-62134 – Peggy Sue Got Married/Crying, Waiting, Hoping – Released July, 1959

45 UK – Coral Q 72376 – Charted Number 13 UK – September, 1959

45 UK – Brunswick 05800 – Midnight Shift – Charted UK Number 26 – August, 1959 (unreleased in the U.S.)

45 – Brunswick 9-55153 – When You Ask About Love/Deborah – Released October, 1959

45 UK – Coral Q 72382 – When You Ask About Love – Charted UK Number 7- January, 1960

45 EP UK – Coral FEB 2044 – The Late Great Buddy Holly – Charted Number 4 – March 19th, 1960

45 – Coral 9-62198 – More Than I Can Say/Baby My Heart – Released May, 1960

45 UK – Coral Q 72395 – More Than I Can Say/Baby My Heart – Double Sided Hit UK – Charted Numbers 42 and 33 – May, 1960

45 EP UK – Coral FEP 2060 – Four More – Charted UK Number 7 – June, 1960

45 – Coral 9-62210 – True Love Ways/That Makes It Tough – Released June, 1960

45 UK – True Love Ways Charted UK Number 25 UK

45 UK – Coral Q 72411 – Learning the Game – Charted Number 36 UK – October 22nd, 1960 (unreleased in the U.S.)

45 – Coral 9-62238 – Don’t Cha Know/Peggy Sue Got Married – Released November, 1960

45 UK – Coral Q 72376 – Peggy Sue Got Married – Charted UK Number

45 UK – Coral Q 72419 – What To Do – Charted Number 34 – January 28th, 1961

45 UK – Coral Q72432 – Baby I Don’t Care/Valley Of Tears – Double Sided Hit – Charted Number 12 both Tracks – June 28th, 1961

45 EP UK – Coral FEB 2005 – Rave On – Charted Number 9 – July 22nd, 1961

45 EP UK – Brunswick OE 9456 – Buddy Holly No. 1 – Charted Number 18 – August 26th, 1961

45 EP UK – Coral FEB 2015 – Heartbeat – Charted Number 13 – September 2nd, 1961

45 – Liberty F-55392 – He’s Old Enough To Know Better – Released November, 1961

45 EP UK – Coral FEP 2014 – It’s So Easy – Charted UK Number 18, January, 1962

45 EP UK – Coral FEB 2002 – Listen To Me – Charted UK Number 12 – March 17th, 1962

45 – Liberty 55441 – Don’t Ever Change/I’m Not a Bad Guy – Released April, 1962

45 UK – Liberty LIB 55441 – Don’t Ever Change – Charted UK Number 5 – June, 1962

45 EP – Coral EC 81191 – Peggy Sue Got Married – Released June 25th, 1962

45 – Coral 62329 – Reminiscing/Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie – Released August, 1962

45 – Liberty 55492 – I Believe In You/Parisian Girl – Released August, 1962

45 UK – Coral Q 72455 – Reminiscing/Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie – Charted Number 17 – September 15th, 1962

45 – Liberty 55494 – Little Hollywood/Parisian Girl – Released September, 1962

45 EP – Coral EC 81192 – The Crickets – 1962

45 – Liberty 55540 – My Little Girl/Teardrops Fall Like Rain – Released January, 1963

45 UK – Liberty LIB 10067 – My Little Girl – Charted UK Number 17 – January, 1963 – b/w Teardrops Fall Like Rain

45 UK – Coral Q 72459 – Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Charted Number 3 – March 16th, 1963

45 – Coral 62352 – Bo Diddley/True Love Ways – Released March, 1963

45 UK – Liberty LIB 10092 – Don’t Try To Change Me – Charted UK Number 37 – June, 1963 – b/w Lost and Alone (unreleased in the U.S.)

45 UK – Coral Q72463 – Bo Diddley – Charted Number 4 – June 8th, 1963

45 – Coral 62369 – Wishing/Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Released July, 1963

45 – Liberty 55603 – April Avenue/Don’t Say You Love Me – Released July, 1963

45 UK – Coral Q 72466 – Wishing – Charted Number 10 – September 7th, 1963

45 UK – Coral Q 72469 – What To Do – Charted Number 27 – December 27th, 1963

45 – Coral 62390 – Rock Around With Ollie Vee/I’m Gonna Love You To – Released December,1963

45 EP – Coral EC 81193 – Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Released 1963

45 – Liberty 55660 – Lonely Avenue/You Can’t Be In-Between – Released January, 1964

45 – Liberty 55668 – From Me To You/Please Please Me – Released February, 1964

45 UK – Coral Q 72472 – You’ve Got Love – Charted Number 40 – March 16th, 1964 b/w An Empty Cup (unreleased in the U.S.)

45 – Coral 62407 – Not Fade Away/Maybe Baby – Released April, 1964

45 UK – Coral Q 72475 – Love’s Made A Fool Of You – Charted Number 39 – September 17th, 1964

45 – Liberty 55965 – (They Call Her) La Bamba/All Over You – Released May, 1964

45 UK – Liberty LIB 55696 – (They Call Her) La Bamba – Charted UK Number 21 – July, 1964

45 – Liberty 55742 – I Think I’ve Caught The Blues/We Gotta Get Together – Released October, 1964

45 – Liberty 55767 – Now Hear This/Everbody’s Got a Little Problem – Released March, 1965

45 – Coral 62448 – What To Do/Slippin’ and Slidin’ – Released April, 1965

45 – Coral 62554 – Rave On/Early In The Morning – Released July 22nd, 1968

45 – Music Factory MU 415 – Million Dollar Movie/A Million Miles Apart – Released August, 1968

45 – Coral 62558 – Love Is Strange/You’re The One – Released March 10th, 1969

45 – MGM – K 14541 – Wasn’t It Nice In New York City/Hayride – Released May, 1973

Buddy Holly & Crickets LP Discography

LP – Brunswick BL 54038 – The Chirping Crickets – Released December, 1957 – Did Not Chart

LP – Coral CRL 57210 – Buddy Holly – Released February 20th, 1958

LP – Decca DL 8707 – That’ll Be the Day – Released April, 1958

LP UK – Coral LVA 9081 – The Chirping Crickets – Charted UK Number 5 – April, 1958

LP – Coral 57279 – The Buddy Holly Story – Charted Number 11 – April, 1959

LP – Coral CRL 57326 – The Buddy Holly Story Volume II – Released May, 1960

LP – Coral CRL 57320 – In Style With the Crickets – Released U.S. 1960

LP UK – Coral LVA 9142 – In Style With The Crickets – Charted UK Number 13 – March, 1961

LP – Coral CRL 57405 – Buddy Holly & The Crickets – Released July, 1962

LP – Liberty LRP 3272 – Something Old, Something New, Something Blue, Something Else!!!!! – Released November, 1962

LP – Coral CRL 57426 – Reminiscing – Charted Number 36 – March, 1963

LP – Liberty LST 7351 – The Crickets – Released April, 1964

LP – Coral 57463 – Holly In the Hills – Released January, 1965 (did not chart)

LP – Coral 747492 – Greatest Hits – Released March, 1967 (did not chart)

LP – Coral CRL 757504 – Giant – Released January, 1969 (did not chart)

LP – Decca DZ 177 006 – Buddy Holly – Released 1970 (did not chart)

LP – Barnaby Z 30268 – “Rockin’ 50’s Rock n’ Roll – Released 1971

LP – Decca DXSE 7207 – A Rock and Roll Collection – Released 1972 (did not chart)

LP – MCA Coral CB 20101 – The Great Buddy Holly – Released 1973 (did not chart)

LP – Vertigo VEL-1020 – Remnants – Released December, 1973

LP – Philips 6308 149 (UK) – Bubblegum, Bop, Ballad and Boogies – Released 1973

LP – MCA 3040 – 20 Golden Greats – Charted Number 55 – August, 1978

LP – Epic 35412 – Released September, 1978

LP – MCA 27059 – For the First Time Anywhere – Released 1983 (did not chart)

LP – MCA 4184 – Legend From the Original Master Tapes – Released 1985 (did not chart)

LP – Nor-Va-Jak – Undubbed and Unreleased Versions Historical Recordings – Released 1986 (did not chart)

LP – Pick PA-1111 – The Original Chirping Sound! – Released 1986 (did not chart)

LP – CD Sovereign Artists 1952 – The Crickets & Their Buddies – Released 2004

Crickets and Related Selected Discography

Jerry Allison

45 – Coral 9-62017 – Real Wild Child/Oh You Beautiful Doll – Released July, 1958 – Charted Number 58

45 – Coral 9-62081 – Frankie Frankenstein/That’ll Be Alright – Released January, 1959

45 – Copeland CSS-239-1517 – Thinking of You/The Sway – Released 1961

45 – Sardis 6121-29 – Walking In Daddy’s Shoes/I Saw A Man – Released 1976 (with Mark Allison)

45 – Stargem SG 2141 – Difference In A Man (And Just A Boy)/Until the Kids Are Grown – Released 1982 (with Sweet Desire)

Tommy Allsup (singles)

Like Carl Bunch, Allsup also worked with Roy Orbison

45 – Liberty 55393 – With The Raiders: Dardanella/What Time Is It? – Released November, 1961

45 – GRT 38 – Snowbird/I’ll See Him Through – Released February, 1971

David Box (singles and compositions)

Like Buddy Holly, David would perish in a plane accident enroute to a performance in October of 1964.  He was 21 years of age.

45 – Candix 339 – If You Can’t Say Something Nice/I’ve Had My Moments – Released August,1962

45 – Joed JT 717 – I Do The Best I Can/Waitin’ – Released 1963

45 – Joed TR-114 – If You Can’t Say Something Nice/Sweet Sweet Day – Released February, 1964 – with the Joe-Ray Singers A side and the Mirrors B side

45 – Joed TR-116 – A Little Lonely Summer Girl/No One Will Every Know – Released July, 1964

CD – Roller Coaster The David Box Story – Released 2002 (UK)

CD – Rollercoaster RCCD 3071 – The David Box Story Vol. 2 – Released 2005

Carl Bunch (singles and compositions)

45 – Brunswick 9-55137 – Lookie, Lookie, Lookie – Released June, 1959 (Bunch co writer) b/w

45 – Matt MRC 0003 K.C. Grand & the Shades – Lookie, Lookie, Lookie/That’s The Way The Cards Fell – Released 1965

Sonny Curtis (singles and compositions)

(Sonny recorded many singles – 13 of them charted country – I have picked a few releases of interest here)

45 – Dot 45-15754 – Wrong Again/Laughing Stock – Released April, 1958

(Sonny’s first 45 release – In the ad below Earl Henry is Cricket Earl Sinks)

45 – Coral 9-62207 – Red Headed Stranger/Talk About My Baby – Released May, 1960

(Recorded at Petty’s Clovis Studio)

45 – Warner Bros. 5199 – The Everly Brothers: Walk Right Back – Charted Number 7 Hot 100 – February, 1961

45 – Liberty 55296 – Bobby Vee: More Than I Can Say – (co composer Jerry Allison) – Charted Number 61 – February, 1961

45 – Dimension D-1024 – A Beatle I Want To Be/So Used To Loving You – Released February, 1964

45 – Mustang 3014 – The Bobby Fuller Four: I Fought The Law – Charted Hot 100 Number 9 – January, 1966

45 – Viva V-626 – Atlanta Georgia Stray/Day Drinker – Charted Number 36 Country – February, 1968

Motion Picture Theme – Mary Tyler Moore Show – Love Is All Around – 1970

Sonny Curtis sings the theme on the show – not Paul Williams who composed the balance of the show’s music  – The first version was released on Ovation in 1970 – did not chart

45 – Ovation 956-1006 – by Sonny Curtis – Love Is All Around – November, 1970 – fellow Cricket Glen Hardin arranged the song

45 – Elektra E-46568 – Do You Remember Roll Over Beethoven/Walk Right Back – Charted Number 86 Country – January, 1980

45 – Elektra E-46616 – The Real Buddy Holly Story/Ain’t Nobody Honest – Charted Number 38 Country – March, 1980

45 – Elektra E-46663 – Love Is All Around/The Clone Song – Charted Country Number 29 – July, 1980

(This version was released three years after the Mary Tyler Moore Show had wrapped it up)

45 – Capitol 4527 – Anne Murray: Walk Right Back – Charted Number 4 Country – Number 103 Bubbling Under Charts – January, 1978

45 – Columbia 1-11296 – Lynn Anderson: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues – Charted Number 26 Country – July, 1980

45 – Warner Bros. WBS 49565 – Leo Sayer: More Than I Can Say – Charted Number 2 Hot 100 – September, 1980

LP – Imperial 12276 – Beatle Hits Flamenco Style – Released 1964

LP – Viva V-36012 – The 1st of Sonny Curtis – Released 1968

LP – Viva V 36021 – The Sonny Curtis Style – Released 1969

LP – Elektra 6E-227 – Sonny Curtis – Released September, 1979

LP – Elektra 6E-283 – Love Is All Around – Released 1980

LP – Elektra 6E-349 – Rollin’ – Released 1981

Don Guess (singles)

45 – Brunswick 9-55101 – Shirl-Lee/Just A Little Lovin’ (Baby) – Released November, 1958

45 – Yucca 45-111 – Finders Keepers/Imagination – Released June, 1959

45 – Profile AB100 – I Fell In Love/You’re Imaging Things – Released – 1960?

45 – Roro 35525 – Bony Maronie/Swingin’ Doors Tell Me I’m Home – Released 1975

Glen D. Hardin (singles and compositions)

Hardin toured with Elvis from 1970 until 1976.

45 – Liberty 55778 – Gary Lewis & The Playboys: Count Me In – Charted Number 2 – April, 1966

45 – Liberty 55898 – Gary Lewis and the Playboys: My Heart’s Symphony – Charted Number 13 – July, 1966

45 – Decca 32026 – Things You Gave Me – Rick Nelson – Things You Gave Me – Released October, 1966

45 UK – Fontana TF 779 – The California In Crowd/Hardin Composition: Happiness In My Heart – Released December, 1966

45 – Viva V-621 – Eternal Flame/Hardin Composition: Happiness In My Heart – Released October, 1967

45 – Reprise 0761 – Dean Martin/Hardin Composition: April Again – Released July, 1968

Waylon Jennings

45 – Brunswick 9-55130 – Jole Blon/When Sin Stops – Released May, 1959

(A side composed by “Buddy Dee” – Buddy Holly – also produced at Norm Petty’s Clovis studio where Waylon and Buddy connected)

Jerry Naylor (singles and compositions)

Naylor released more than four dozen singles in the U.S. – Below is a selective discography)

45 – Skla 1118 – Stop Your Crying/Your’e Thirteen – Released Septmber, 1961

45 – Liberty 55490 – as Danny and Gwen – Submarine Race/Deep Dreams – Released August, 1962

(This is Jerry along with Vikki Carr)

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45 – Smash S-1971 – I Found You/I’ll Take You Home – Release February, 1965

45 – Tower 139 – It’s Only Make Believe/Leave Him and Come To My Arms – Released May, 1965

45 – Columbia 4S-45106 – But For Love/Angeline – Charted Number 69 Hot 100 – March, 1970

45 – MGM K14312 – Goodtime Chariot/With This Ring – Released 1972

45 – Melodyland M 600 3F – Is This All There Is To A Honky Tonk/You’re The One – Charted Number 27 Country – January, 1975

45 – Hitsville H 6046F – The Last Time You Love Me/Born to Fool Around – Charted Number 50 Country – December, 1976

45 – Warner Bros. WBS 8767 – But For Love/Part Time Lover, Part Time Fool – Charted Number 54 Country – March, 1979

45 – MC Motown Country MC 5010F – Rave On/Lady, Would You Like To Dance – Released April, 1978

Joe Mauldin (singles and compositions)

45 – Challenge 59021 – The Four Teens: Go Little Go Cat/Spark Plug – Released August, 1958

45 – Edge 2880 – Wayne Jerred: John Wayne – Produced by Joe Mauldin – Released 1978

45 – Filly Colt IRDA 532 – Bobby Russell: Armchair Quarterback – Co produced by Joe Mauldin – Released 1978

Bob Montgomery (singles and compositions)

45 – Brunswick 9-55157 – Taste of the Blues/Because I Love You – Released November, 1959

45 – Warner Bros. 5187 – Two of a Kind/That’s What You Do To Me – Released December, 1960 (Bob and Carol Montgomery)

The Montgomery’s

45 – Warner Bros. 5229 – Every Time The World Goes Round/One Out Of Seven – Released June, 1961 (Bob and Carol Montgomery)

45 – Warner Bros. 5246 – I’ll Still Be Loving You/The Loneliest Tear – Released December, 1961 (Bob and Carol Montgomery)

45 – Decca 31483 – Patsy Cline – Back In Baby’s Arms – (featured in the motion picture “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” – Released April, 1963

45 – Hickory 45-1224 – Kris Jensen: Big As I Can Dream – Released September, 1963

45 – Sound Stage 7 45-2512 – Carol Montgomery: What Do They Know/Wish I Didn’t Love Him – Released October, 1963

45 – Mustang M 3106 – Bobby Fuller Four: Love’s Made a Fool Of You – Charted Number 26 – April, 1966 (co-writer Buddy Holly)

45 – Sound Stage 45-2519 – Carol Montgomery: I’m Trying To Do What Mama Says – Released May, 1964

45 – Decca 32027 – Wilma Burgess: Misty Blue – Charted Number 4 Country – October, 1966

45 – RCA Victor 47-9182 – Eddy Arnold: Misty Blue – Charted Country Number 3 and Charted Hot 100 Number 57 – May, 1967

45 – United Artists UA 50283 – Bobby Goldsboro: Honey – Charted Number 1 for Five Weeks Hot 100 – March, 1968

45 – United Artists UA 50318 – Bobby Goldsboro: Autumn of My Life – Charted Number 19 Hot 100 – June, 1968

45 – United Artists UA 50461 – Bobby Goldsboro: The Straight Life – Charted Number 36 Hot 100 – October, 1968

45 – United Artists UA 54097 – Glad She’s A Woman/Letter to Emily  – Produced by Montgomery – Charted Number 61 – February, 1969

 

45 – United Artists UA 50525 – Bobby Goldsboro: I’m A Drifter – Charted Number 46 – April, 1969

45 – United Artists UA 50565 – Bobby Goldsboro: Muddy Mississippi Line – Charted Number 53 – August, 1969

45 – Malaco M 1029 – Dorothy Moore: Misty Blue – Charted Number 2 R&B and Number 3 Hot 100 – November, 1975

45 EP – Holly House – Released 1980 – Bob Montgomery with Buddy Holly (from Buddy Holley Memorial Society)

45 – Hughes Music MCA 53236 – Emmylou Harris: Back In Baby’s Arms – Charted Country Number 53 – December, 1987

LP – Western and Bop – 1975

Earl Sinks (singles and compositions)

45 – Dot 45-15756 – I Am the Man/Whatcha Gonna Do? – Released April, 1958 (recording as Earl Henry)

45 – Warner Bros. 5197 – Look For Me (I’ll Be There)/Super Market – Released 1961

45 – Capitol 4885 – Be Good/A Little Bit Of Heaven – Released December, 1962

45 – Hickory 45-1248 – Love Is All I’m Asking For/This Weird Sensation – Released June, 1965 (as Sinx Mitchell)

45 – United Artists UA 50561 – The House of Blue Lights/Hard Times A Comin’ – Charted Number 39 Country – September, 1969 (as Earl Richards)

45 – Ace of Hearts 0461 – Margie, Who’s Watching the Baby/My Land – Charted Number 23 Country – January, 1973 (as Earl Richards)

45 – Ace of Hearts 0465 – Things Are Kind Of Slow/Do My Playing At Home – Charted 66 – April, 1973 (As Earl Richards)

45 – Ace of Hearts 470 – The Sun Is Shining/Mother Nature’s Daughter – Charted Number 58 Country – July, 1973 (as Earl Richards)

45 – RPA 7630 – Julianne/House Of Blue Lights – Released 1977 (As Earl Richards)

Bobby Vee

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Bobby assembled a group of musicians and volunteered to play in Moorhead, Minnesota filling in for Buddy Holly who had tragically died the day before.  Vee would record a tribute song “Suzie Baby” to Holly – a tip of the hat to Peggy Sue – and would be signed on the strength of that recording to Liberty Records where his career would skyrocket and where he would cross paths with and work with members of the Crickets.

45 – Liberty F-55208 – Suzie Baby/Flyin’ High (with The Shadows) – Charted Number 77 Hot 100 – August, 1959

45 – Liberty F-55287 – Everyday – Released November, 1960

45 – Liberty F-55296 – More Than I Can Say – Charted Number 61 – February, 1961 (composers Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison)

45 – Liberty F-55479 – Someday (with The Crickets) – Released August, 1962

LP – Liberty LRP 3228 – Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets – Charted Number 42 – July, 1962

LP – Liberty LRP 3336 – I Remember Buddy Holly – Released February, 1964

3 Comments

  1. Superb -excellent work Craig

  2. Great article. I was lucky enough to see Buddy Holly and the Crickets here in the UK at the Southasmpton Gaumont on Msrch 3rd 1958. Terrific Memories.

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