The Crickets (band originally with Buddy Holly)

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The Crickets were an American rock and roll band from Lubbock, Texas, formed by the singer-songwriter Buddy Holly in the 1950s. Their first hit record, "That'll Be the Day", released in 1957, was 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 lineup 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 double bass. The Crickets helped set the template for subsequent rock bands, such as the Beatles, with their guitar-bass-drums lineup 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. They continued performing and releasing new material into the 21st century.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 The “Chirping” Crickets The Crickets 3.5 6
1960 In Style With the Crickets The Crickets 4
1962 Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets Bobby Vee & The Crickets 4
1963 Something Old, Something New, Something Blue, Somethin' Else! The Crickets 2
2004 The Crickets and Their Buddies The Crickets 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Still In Style The Crickets 1
1993 Words of Love: 28 Classic Songs From Buddy Holly & The Crickets 1
1994 Cover to Cover The Crickets 1
1994 The Liberty Years The Crickets 1
1995 The Singles Collection 1957-1961 The Crickets 1
1998 25 Greatest Hits The Crickets 1
2004 California Sun / The Crickets: a Collection The Crickets 1
2008 The Very Best of Buddy Holly and the Crickets Buddy Holly and The Crickets 2
2011 I Fought the Law The Crickets 1
Buddy Holly and the Crickets The Crickets 1
Buddy Holly's Crickets Buddy Holly & The Crickets 1
Six Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles and Session Tracks Buddy Holly & The Crickets 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 That’ll Be the Day / I’m Lookin’ for Someone to Love The Crickets 4
1957 Oh Boy The Crickets 2
1958 It's So Easy / Lonesome Tears The Crickets 1
1960 More Than I Can Say / Baby, My Heart The Crickets 1
1982 That'll Be the Day Buddy Holly and The Crickets 1
2011 Oh Boy! (Digitally Remastered) The Crickets 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 The "Chirping" Crickets The Crickets 1

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