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The Crickets

Band, 1957-2016 US, Lubbock, Texas
Rock and Pop

The Crickets are an American rock and roll band from Lubbock, Texas, formed by singer/songwriter Buddy Holly in the 1950s. Released in 1957, their first hit record, "That'll Be the Day", became a number-one hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 23. The sleeve of their first album, The "Chirping" Crickets, shows the band line-up at the time: Holly on vocals and lead guitar, Niki Sullivan on backing vocals and rhythm guitar, Jerry Allison on drums, and Joe Mauldin on upright double bass. The Crickets helped set the template for subsequent rock bands such as the Beatles, with their guitar-bass-drums line-up and the talent to write most of their own material. After Holly's death in 1959 the band continued to tour and record with different lead vocalists and other band members.

PortraitWaylon Jennings
voc, g, bvoc 1937-2002 US
PortraitGlen Hardin
PortraitJerry Allison
dr *1939 US
PortraitSonny Curtis
g, voc *1937 US
PortraitCharles Hardin
1936-1959 US
PortraitGordon Payne
g, voc US
PortraitJoe Mauldin
b 1940-2015 US
PortraitNiki Sullivan
bvoc, g 1937-2004 US
PortraitTommy Allsup
g *1931 US
PortraitDavid Box
1943-1964 US
PortraitEarl Sinks
voc *1940 US
PortraitJerry Naylor
voc *1939 US
Popular Tracks   
Everyday on Buddy Holly by Buddy Holly
That'll Be The Day on The Definitive Collection by Buddy Holly
Peggy Sue on Buddy Holly by Buddy Holly
Rave On on Buddy Holly by Buddy Holly
Oh Boy! on The Definitive Collection by Buddy Holly
Maybe Baby on Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings And More by Buddy Holly
Three Steps To Heaven - Stereo on Eddie Cochran: The Liberty Years by Eddie Cochran
Heartbeat on The Definitive Collection by Buddy Holly
It Doesn't Matter Anymore on The Definitive Collection by Buddy Holly
Raining In My Heart on The Definitive Collection by Buddy Holly

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
The Legacy Of BuddyThe Crickets, The Fireballs, Ray Gee & The Counts, Ricky Nelson2019Single
Buddy Holly [Stereo Remix]Buddy Holly, The Crickets2018Album
The "Chirping" CricketsThe Crickets2018Album
The Crickets StoryBuddy Holly And The Crickets2017Compil.
Buddy Holly & The "Chirping" CricketsThe Crickets - Buddy Holly2017Album
The Rough Guide to Buddy Holly & The CricketsBuddy Holly And The Crickets2017Compil.
Please Don't Ever Change 1961-1962The Crickets2016Album
Peggy Sue Got Married / Let's Do It AgainBuddy Holly & The Crickets / Jerry Allison, Joe Mauldin, Gordon Payne2015Single
Six Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles And Session TracksBuddy Holly & The Crickets2012Compil.
The Very Best Of Buddy Holly And The CricketsBuddy Holly And The Crickets2011Compil.
The "Chirping" Crickets Plus Buddy HollyThe Crickets - Buddy Holly2011Compil.
Rave On: The Very Best OfBuddy Holly and The Crickets2010Compil.
Off The RecordBuddy Holly And The Crickets2010Compil.
The Music Didn't DieBuddy Holly & The Crickets2009Compil.
Winter Dance Party - 50th Anniversary Special - The Day The Music DiedBuddy Holly And The Crickets / Ritchie Valens / Big Bopper2009Compil.
The First Three AlbumsBuddy Holly & The Crickets2009Compil.
The Very Best Of Buddy Holly And The CricketsBuddy Holly And The Crickets2008Compil.
That'll Be The DayBuddy Holly And The Crickets2008Compil.
The Music Of Buddy Holly And The Crickets, The Definitive StoryBuddy Holly and The Crickets2005Compil.
HeartbeatThe Crickets With Nanci Griffith2004Album
CollectionThe Crickets2003Compil.
The "Chirping" Crickets - Buddy Holly - GiantBuddy Holly & The Crickets2002Compil.
That's What They Tell Me - That's What They Say...Buddy Holly & The Crickets2002Compil.
The Ultimate EP CollectionBuddy Holly And The Crickets2001Compil.
The "Chirping" Crickets / Buddy HollyThe Crickets - Buddy Holly2000Compil.
Reminiscing With The CricketsThe Crickets1999Album
The LP Collection Vol. 1Buddy Holly, The Crickets1999Compil.
The LP Collection Vol. 2Buddy Holly, The Crickets1999Compil.
It's Only Rock 'N' RollBuddy Holly, The Crickets1999Compil.
25 Greatest HitsThe Crickets1998Compil.
That'll Be The DayBuddy Holly And The Crickets1998Compil.
Go Boy Go!Gary Tollett With The Crickets1998Single
Too Much Monday MorningThe Crickets1996Album
The OriginalThe Crickets1996Compil.
The Real Buddy Holly StoryBuddy Holly, The Crickets, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens1995Compil.
A Collection / California Sun • She Loves YouThe Crickets1995Compil.
Well... All RightNanci Griffith With The Crickets1995Single
The Singles Collection 1957-1961The Crickets, Buddy Holly1994Compil.
Cover To CoverThe Crickets With Buddy Holly1994Compil.
Double ExposureThe Crickets1993Compil.
Words Of Love (28 Classic Songs From Buddy Holly And The Crickets)Buddy Holly And The Crickets1993Compil.
Back To The FiftiesBrenda Lee, The Crickets, Bill Haley And His Comets, Buddy Holly1992Single
Buddy Holly MedleyBobby Vee, The Crickets1992Single
I'm Sorry / Great Balls Of FireBrenda Lee / The Crickets1992Single
Still In StyleThe Crickets1992Compil.
Ravin' On - From California To ClovisThe Crickets1991Compil.
The Liberty YearsThe Crickets1991Compil.
Back Home In TennesseeThe Crickets1990Single
That'll Be The Day / Oh, Boy! / Maybe BabyBuddy Holly And The The Crickets1989Single
Rock 'N' Roll Masters - The Best Of The CricketsThe Crickets1989Compil.
Vintage GoldBuddy Holly And The Crickets1989Compil.
The Best Of The CricketsThe Crickets1989Compil.
Vintage GoldBuddy Holly And The Crickets1988Compil.
T-ShirtThe Crickets1988Album
Maybe Baby / Sweet DreamsThe Crickets / Patsy Cline1988Single
The Fool / It's So Easy!Sanford Clark / The Crickets1988Single
T-ShirtThe Crickets1988Single
File 1961-1965The Crickets1987Compil.
The CollectionBuddy Holly & The Crickets1987Compil.
Three PieceThe Crickets1987Album
Your M-M-MemoryThe Crickets1986Single
The Complete CricketsThe Crickets1984Compil.
That'll Be The DayBuddy Holly And The Crickets1982Single
Super HitsBuddy Holly And The Crickets1982Compil.
D.J. Rock & Roll ShowThe Crickets1981Single
Peggy SueBuddy Holly / The Crickets1980Single
Visions Of Buddy HollyBuddy Holly, Red Robinson, The Crickets1980Album
Buddy Holly Memorial SocietyThe Crickets1979Single
The Legend That Is Buddy Holly And The Crickets (20 Golden Greats)Buddy Holly And The Crickets1979Compil.
20 Golden GreatsBuddy Holly / The Crickets1978Compil.
Rock Around With Ollie VeeThe Crickets1978Single
That'll Be The Day / Oh, BoyBuddy Holly And The Crickets1977Single
Buddy Holiday: Cricket HitsBuddy Holly And The Crickets1976Single
Oh, Boy / It Doesn't Matter AnymoreBuddy Holly And The Crickets1975Single
Peggy SueMike Berry / Buddy Holly And The Crickets1975Single
Back In StyleThe Crickets1975Compil.
Rare ItemsThe Crickets1974Album
Rhyme And TimeThe Crickets1974Single
Stars Of Rock'n'RollBuddy Holly and The Crickets1974Compil.
A Long Way From LubbockThe Crickets1974Album
Million Dollar MovieThe Crickets, Sonny Curtis1973Single
Bubblegum, Bop, Ballad And BoogiesThe Crickets1973Album
RemnantsThe Crickets1973Album
HayrideThe Crickets1973Single
True Love Ways / Rockin' 50's Rock & RollThe Crickets1972Single
Rockin' 50's Rock n' RollThe Crickets1971Album
Rock ReflectionsThe Crickets1971Compil.
El Rock And Roll De Buddy HollyBuddy Holly Con The Crickets1970Compil.
My Little GirlThe Crickets1968Single
Million Dollar Movie / A Million Miles ApartThe Crickets1968Single
Rip It UpBuddy Holly, The Crickets, Bob Montgomery1968Single
Oh Boy !Buddy Holly, The Crickets1967Single
The Best Of Buddy HollyBuddy Holly with The Crickets1966Compil.
A CollectionThe Crickets1965Compil.
Now Hear This / Everybody's Got A Little ProblemJerry Allison And The Crickets1965Single
We Gotta Get TogetherJerry Allison & The Crickets1964Single
Come OnThe Crickets1964Single
Lonely Avenue / You Can't Be In-BetweenThe Crickets1964Single
Salute To Buddy HollyBuddy Holly Featuring The Crickets1964Compil.
Lonely Avenue / PlayboyThe Crickets1964Single
California Sun / She Loves YouThe Crickets1964Album
(They Call Her) La BambaThe Crickets1964Single
I Think I've Caught The BluesThe Crickets1964Single
Just For FunBobby Vee And The Crickets1963Single
Lonely AvenueThe Crickets1963Single
Right Or WrongThe Crickets1963Single
April Avenue/ Don't Say You Love MeThe Crickets1963Single
Don't Try To Change MeThe Crickets1963Single
Bobby Vee Meets The CricketsBobby Vee and The Crickets1963Single
Bobby Vee Meets The CricketsBobby Vee, The Crickets1963Album
The CricketsThe Crickets1963Single
Punish Her / SomedayBobby Vee With The Crickets1962Single
Straight - No StringsThe Crickets1962Single
Little Hollywood Girl / Parisian GirlThe Crickets1962Single
Don't Ever ChangeThe Crickets1962Single
Bobby Vee meets The Crickets Vol 2Bobby Vee, The Crickets1962Single
Don't Ever Change / I'm Not A Bad GuyThe Crickets1962Single
Something Old, Something New, Something Blue, Somethin' Else !!!!!!The Crickets1962Album
I Fought The LawThe Crickets1961Single
He's Old Enough To Know Better / I'm Feeling BetterThe Crickets1961Single
That'll Be The DayThe Crickets Featuring The Late, Great Buddy Holly1961Single
Everyday / Love's Made A Fool Of YouBuddy Holly And The Crickets1961Single
In Style With The CricketsThe Crickets1960Album
Peggy Sue Got MarriedThe Crickets1960Single
The Sound Of The CricketsThe Crickets1960Single
Peggy Sue Got Married / It's Too LateBuddy Holly / The Crickets1960Single
Selections From The Buddy Holly StoryBuddy Holly and The Crickets1960Single
More Than I Can Say / Baby My HeartThe Crickets1960Single
Four MoreThe Crickets featuring Buddy Holly1960Single
The Buddy Holly StoryBuddy Holly and The Crickets1959Compil.
Oh Boy! / Peggy SueBuddy Holly And The Crickets1959Single
It's So EasyThe Crickets1959Single
Deborah / When You Ask About LoveThe Crickets1959Single
The CricketsThe Crickets1959Single
Vol. 3Buddy Holly and The Crickets1959Single
Maybe Baby / Tell Me HowThe Crickets1958Album
Love's Made A Fool Of You / Someone, SomeoneThe Crickets1958Single
The Sound Of The CricketsThe Crickets1958Single
Take Your TimeBuddy Holly And The Crickets1958Single
It's So Easy / Lonesome TearsThe Crickets1958Album
The "Chirping" CricketsThe Crickets1958Single
Think It OverThe Crickets1958Single
Maybe Baby / Rock Me My BabyThe Crickets1958Single
Heartbeat / It's So EasyBuddy Holly And The The Crickets1958Single
Think It OverThe Crickets1958Single
"The Chirping Crickets"The Crickets1958Single
Take Your TimeBuddy Holly And The Crickets1958Compil.
Oh Boy!Buddy Holly And The Crickets1957Single
That'll Be The Day / I'm Lookin' For Someone To LoveThe Crickets1957Single
The "Chirping" CricketsThe Crickets1957Album
Oh, Boy! / Not Fade AwayThe Crickets1957Single
35 Original Hits & RaritätenBuddy Holly & The CricketsCompil.
Funny Little Bunnies / Silly Easter BonnetLinda Barrie, Peter Pan Orchestra And Chorus, The CricketsSingle
The New CricketsThe CricketsSingle
Think It Over / It's So EasyBuddy Holly And The CricketsSingle
That'll Be The Day / Rock Me My BabyBuddy Holly And The CricketsSingle
Break The ChainThe CricketsSingle
It's So EasyBuddy Holly & The CricketsSingle
Teardrops Fall Like Rain / My Little GirlThe CricketsSingle
Not Fade Away - Unique Recordings With Countdowns And False StartsBuddy Holly And The CricketsAlbum
White Silver Sands / That'll Be The DayThe Lennon Sisters, The CricketsSingle
Don't Ever ChangeThe CricketsSingle
That'll Be The Day / Peggy SueThe CricketsSingle
True Love Ways / Think It OverBuddy Holly / The CricketsSingle
Dansons Gaiement... Vol. 14The CricketsSingle
Grupo VocalThe CricketsSingle
It's So Easy / Maybe BabyThe CricketsSingle
Oh BoyThe CricketsSingle
Not Fade Away/Maybe BabyThe Crickets Featuring Buddy HollySingle
Treat Her Right / Think It OverRoy Head / The CricketsSingle
My Rockin' DaysThe CricketsSingle
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