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The Crickets

The Crickets were the backing band formed by singer/songwriter Buddy Holly in the 1950s.

The Crickets were drummer Jerry Allison and bassist Joe B. Mauldin. Both musicians quit backing Holly shortly before his death, although a reunion was planned.

The Crickets continued to record on their own with guitarist Sonny Curtis and vocalist Earl Sinks. The band got its name while recording with Holly. An actual cricket had made its way into the sound proofing of the studio, which was discovered by the band when they played back what they had recorded.

Remnants was released in 1973 with band members Allison, Mauldin, Albert Lee, Rik Grech, Steve Krikorian (later known as Tonio K), Carol Montgomery, and Nick VanMaarth.

In 1988, The Crickets (Allison, Mauldin, and Gordon Payne) received a good amount of airplay with their single "T-Shirt," produced by lifelong Holly fan and former Beatle, Paul McCartney.