The Crickets drummer Jerry Allison dies aged 82


Musician Jerry Allison, who performed alongside Buddy Holly in American rock band The Crickets, has died.

he drummer, who’s credited with co-writing hits together with That’ll Be the Day and Peggy Sue, died on Monday aged 82.

His demise was introduced on the official Buddy Holly Fb web page, with a press release paying tribute to Allison as a “musician forward of his time”.

“Our sincerest condolences to the household and mates of Jerry ‘JI’ Allison, drummer within the Crickets, considered one of Buddy’s very closest mates, and the inspiration to drummers for many years since, who handed away right this moment on the age of 82,” the assertion learn.


The drummer (centre-right) is credited with co-writing hits together with That’ll Be the Day and Peggy Sue (PA)

“JI was a musician forward of his time, and undoubtedly his vitality, concepts and distinctive talent contributed to each The Crickets, and rock n’ roll itself, changing into so successful.

“Buddy is usually heralded as the unique singer-songwriter, however JI, too, wrote and impressed so lots of the songs that will go on to be everlasting classics.”

The Crickets have been shaped by singer-songwriter Holly in January 1957.

Their first hit document, That’ll Be the Day was launched in Could 1957 and peaked at quantity three on the Billboard Prime 100 chart in September that 12 months.

The duvet of their first album, The ‘Chirping’ Crickets, confirmed the band line-up on the time of Holly, Allison, Niki Sullivan, and Joe B Mauldin.

Of that 4, Allison was the final residing member with Sullivan and Mauldin having died in 2004 and 2017, respectively.

Holly himself died in an air crash in 1959, aged solely 22.

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The Crickets, who additionally at one time included nation musician Waylon Jennings,  have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame on April 14 2012.

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