Sunday, February 8, 2015

Crickets Bassist Joe Mauldin Died

Joe Mauldin, double bassist for one of the giant rock pioneers, the Crickets, has died of cancer in Nashville, Tennessee.
            (Top to bottom--Allison, Holly, Mauldin)

Mauldin passed away Saturday at the age of 74.  Mauldin was also a member of the Four Teens, but with guitarist Buddy Holly and drummer Jerry Allison in the Crickets, achieved international fame with songs like "That'll Be The Day", "Maybe Baby", "Oh Boy" and "It's So Easy"   Mauldin was also a songwriter, co-writing "Well All Right" with the Crickets, and went on to be a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, the home of such recording giants as Brian Wilson, Herb Alpert and Phil Spector.

As guitarist Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones remarked about the influence of the Crickets, "These guys wrote them, sang them and recorded them, and it so impressed us in England. There would probably be no Beatles or Rolling Stones without them."

After the death of Holly in 1959, the Crickets continued to record, and opened for the Everly Brothers on an international tour.  Allison also worked with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, John Prine, Waylon Jennings, and many others.

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