Whoís Who On The Cricketís Recordings
 

Reprinted from Reminiscing Magazine
Issue #30 (in part) - Spring 1984
Copyright 1984 by Bill Griggs

 
 
 

 

A while ago, I was visiting with Jerry Allison at his home in Nashville and we were talking about many things. One topic I brought up was about who was actually performing on those post-Holly records. Jerry agreed to help and we talked, then played some of the songs, and here is what we came up with.

Iíve listed the record label and number, then the song titles, and the release date if Jerry remembered it. That is followed by the lead singer and the various musicians performing on that record. If Jerry couldnít remember or wasnít sure, Iíve left it blank. Iíve also added some comments that Jerry made about a couple of the songs.

To save space, Iíll use just the last names of the following people: Jerry ALLISON, Sonny CURTIS, Jerry NAYLOR, Glen D. HARDIN, Earl SINKS, David BOX, Joe B. MAULDIN, Glen CAMPBELL, & Tommy ALLSUP. Any other singer/musician mentioned will have the whole name listed.

     

 


(Above left) Joe Mauldin, Tommy Allsup, Jerry Allison, Earl Sinks. (Above right) David Box.

 

This is the 45's

 

Coral 62017 - "Real Wild Child" / "Oh You Beautiful Doll" (1958)
This was released as by "Ivan", which is Jerry Allisonís middle name. Lead singer - Allison, Guitar - Buddy Holly, Bass - Mauldin, Drums - Bo Clarke (Jerry was singing, remember?), and the Roses doing the backing vocals. Jerry also commented that the strange tinkling sound heard on "Doll" was Norman Petty striking some wine glasses.

Coral 62081 - "Frankie Frankenstein" / "Thatíll Be Alright" (1959)
Also released as by "Ivan". Lead singer - Allison, Guitar - Curtis, Bass - Mauldin, Drums - Allison. Backing vocals - the Roses. [The rest of the 45s listed were released as by "The Crickets" unless noted otherwise]

Brunswick 55124 - "Loveís Made A Fool Of You" / "Someone Someone" (1958)
Lead singer - Sinks, Guitar - Curtis, Mass - Mauldin, Drums - Allison. Also, Jerry Allison thinks that Vi Petty is playing piano on this.

Brunswick 55153 - "When You Ask About Love" / "Deborah" (1959)
The lineup is the same as for the above.

Coral 62198 - "More Than I Can Say" / "Baby My Heart" (1959)
Lead singer - Curtis, Guitar - Curtis, Bass - Mauldin, Drums - Allison, Piano - Dudley Brooks.

Coral 62238 - "Peggy Sue Got Married" / "Donítcha Know" (1960)
Lead singer - Box, Guitar - Allison on "Donítcha Know", Bass - Mauldin, Drums - Allison on "Peggy Sue Got Married", Ernie Hall on "Donítcha Know".

Liberty 55392 - "Iím Feeling Better" / "Heís Old Enough To Know Better" (1961)
Lead singer - Allison & Bobby Vee on "Iím Feeling Better", Allison on "Heís Old Enough...", Guitar - Allsup, Drums - Earl Palmer.

Liberty 55441 - "Donít Ever Change" / "Iím Not A Bad Guy" (1961)
Lead singer - Naylor with Cliff Crawford & Glen Campbell singing harmony, Guitar - Allsup, Drums - Allison, Piano - Ernie Freeman.

Liberty 55479 - "Someday" / "Punish Her"
Bobby Vee does the "Punish Her" side alone. On the "Someday" side, Jerry Allison said that Bobby Vee is singing lead and Tommy Allsup is on guitar. No others were mentioned.

Liberty 55492 - "I Believe In You" / "Parisian Girl" (1962)
Lead singer - Naylor on "I Believe In You", Curtis & Naylor on "Parisian Girl". Guitar - Curtis, Drums - Allison.

     

 


(Above left) Sonny Curtis, Jerry Allison, Jerry Naynor, Glen D. Hardin
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Liberty 55495 - "Little Hollywood Girl" / "Parisian Girl" (1962)
Lead singer on "Little Hollywood Girl" is Naylor, Guitar - Curtis, Drums - Allison. "Parisian Girl" same as above.

Liberty 55540 - "My Little Girl" / "Teardrops Fall Like Rain" (1963)
Lead singer - Naylor & Curtis on "My Little Girl", Naylor on "Teardrops", Guitar - Curtis, Drums - Allison, Piano - Hardin.

Liberty 55603 - "April Avenue" / "Donít Say You Love Me" (1963)
"April Avenue" side: Lead singer - Curtis, Guitar - Curtis, Drums - Hal Blaine, Strings - Ernie Freeman. "Donít Say you Love Me" side: Lead singer - Curtis, Guitar Curtis & Allsup, Drums - Allison.

Liberty 55660 - "Lonely Avenue" / "You Canít Be In-Between" (1963)
Lead singer - Curtis & Buzz Cason, Guitar - Allsup, Drums - Allison.

Liberty 55668 - "From Me To You" / "Please Please Me" (1964)
Lead singer - Naylor, Curtis, & Buzz Cason, Guitar - Curtis, Drums - Allison, Piano - Hardin.

Liberty 55696 - "(They Call Her) LaBamba" / "All Over You" (1964)
"LaBamba" side: Lead singer - Allison with Naylor & Buzz Cason doing backgrounds, Guitar - James Burton, Drums - Earl Palmer, Piano - Leon Russell. "All Over You" side: Lead singer - Naylor, Guitar - Curtis & Allsup, Bass - Joe Osborn, Drums - Allison.

Liberty 55742 - "I Think Iíve Caught The Blues" / "Weíve Gotta Get Together" (1965)
As by "Jerry Allison And The Crickets". Lead singer - Allison & Buzz Cason, Guitar - Allsup & George Tomsco, Bass - Stan Lark, Drums - Allison. (Tomsco and Lark are from the Fireballs.)

Liberty 55767 - "Now Hear This" / "Everybodyís Got A Little Problem" (1965)
As by "Jerry Allison And The Crickets". "Now Hear This" side: Lead singer - Naylor, Guitar - Allsup, Bass - Lynn Bailey, Drums - Allison. "...Problem" side: Lead singer - Allison & Buzz Cason, Guitar - Allsup, Bass - Lynn Bailey, Drums - Allison.

Parkway 974 - "The Ballad Of Batman" / "Batmobile" (1965)
As by "The Camps" or "The Campers" depending on which record you have. Lead singer - Curtis, Guitar - Curtis & Allsup, Drums - Allison, plus others. Jerry Allison said this was recorded in Odessa, Texas. They knew that the television show Shindig was going to be replaced by Batman, and these songs were recorded to see if they could be used as the theme song. It was the idea of Jim Thomas.

Music Factory 415 - "Million Dollar movie" / "A Million Miles Apart" (1968?)
Lead singer - Hardin, Guitar - Curtis, Bass - Joe Osborn, Drums - Jim Gonden, Percussion - Allison.

Phillips 6006269 - "Lovesick Blues" / "My Rockiní Days" (1971)
Lead singer - Curtis, Guitar - Curtis, Bass - Joe Osborn, Drums - Allison, Piano - Hardin.

MGM 14541 - "Hayride" / "Wasnít It Nice In New York City" (1972)
"Hayride" side: Lead singer - Allison, Guitar - Curtis, Bass - Rick Gretch, Drums - Allison, Piano - Hardin, backing vocals - Summer Wine. "Wasnít It Nice..." side: Same except lead singer is Curtis. Jerry Allison said this was recorded in London in 1972.

Barnaby 2061 - "Rockiní 50's Rock & Roll" / "True Love Ways" (1972)
Lead singer - Curtis, Guitar - Curtis, Bass - Joe Osborn, Drums - Allison, Piano - Hardin. (The majority of copies of this record are "promotional copies" with "True Love Ways" on both sides. Commercial pressing with "Rockiní 50's..." are extremely rare.)

Roller Coaster 2001 - "Rock Around With Ollie Vee" / "Cruise In It" (1978)
Lead singer - Curtis on "Ollie Vee", Allison on "Cruise In It", Guitar - Curtis, Bass - Joe B. Mauldin, Drums - Allison. This also came with a picture sleeve. I mention this because Joe B. Mauldin played a stand-up bass for the first time in a long time, and the three Crickets as we know them today are performing on the record.

Extra: "Lost And Alone" / "Donít Try to Change Me (1963)
Jerry Allison had an English 45 on which I failed to get the record number although it was on Liberty. Iím listing this because the songs were never issued here in the States. Lead singer - Naylor, Guitar - Curtis & Allison, Drums - Allison, Backing vocals Cliff Crawford, Glen Campbell, & Bobby Vee. Jerry said this was recorded in los Angeles but never released here. "Lost And Alone" was written by Peggy Sue.

 

A COUPLE RARE RECORDS

 

 


How many copies of the above record are known? This was withdrawn from circulation just as promotional copies were being pressed and it is extremely rare. Some people feel this doesnít exist at all but it does, this is Jerry Allisonís copy. (Courtesy of Jerry Allison)

 

 


The record label states "The Camps" or "The Campers" depending on which copy you have, but it is really our own Crickets. The record is fairly rare but it is the picture sleeve that has proven almost impossible to find. (Bill Griggs collection)

 

This is the LP's


When Jerry and I got around to doing the albums, we breezed through it but this is what I found out.

Coral 57320 - In Style With The Crickets (1959)
These songs were recorded in New York City and Los Angeles, with "Loveís Made A Fool Of You" done in Clovis. Although Earl Sinks sings on this song, he didnít get in the cover picture "Ďcause he wasnít around".

Liberty 3228 - Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets (1961)
This was done in the United Studios in Los Angeles. Bobby Vee sings lead on all songs. Joe Mauldin does not play on it even though heís in the cover photo. On guitar is Tommy Allsup, and Allison on some songs. Red Callender plays bass. Drums are Allison except Earl Palmer on drums on "Well All Right" and both Allison and Palmer on drums on "Lucille".

Liberty 3272 - Something Old, Something New, Something Blue, Something Else (1961)
Recorded in Los Angeles. Lead singer is Naylor and/or Curtis. Guitar - Curtis, Bass - Red Callender, Drums - Allison, Piano Hardin or Ernie Freeman.

Liberty 3351 - California Sun (1964)
Recorded in Los Angeles. Lead singer - Naylor, Guitar - Curtis, Drums - Allison, Piano - Hardin, Backing vocals - Buzz Cason.

Barnaby 30268 - Rockiní 50's Rock & Roll (1968)
Recorded in Los Angeles. Lead vocals - Curtis except Allison on "Thatíll Be The Day", Guitar - Curtis, Bass - Joe Osborn, Drums - Allison, Piano - Hardin, Delany Bramlett also played guitar on "Day" and "Rockiní 50's...".

Vertigo 1020 - Remnants (1973)
This was recorded in Nashville at The sound Shop. Guitars - Albert Lee, Sonny Curtis, & Nick Van Maarth, Bass - Rick Grech, Drums - Jerry Allison, Piano - Albert Lee, Violin - Rick Brech, backing vocals - Albert Lee, Rick Grech, Sonny Curtis, Nick Van Maarth, & Steve Krikorian. Lead singers are Steve Krikorian on tracks 1, 4, 8, 9, 10; Nick Van Maarth on tracks 2 & 7; Albert Lee on track 5; Jerry Allison on track 6; and Rick Grech on track 11.