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The Crickets: In Style with the Crickets

Colin Escott, Bear Family Records, 2001

IT WASN'T AN ORIGINAL name; there was another group called the Crickets that had dented the Rhythm 'n' Blues charts a few years earlier, but to all but the most diehard R&B fans, the name "Crickets" will forever be associated with Buddy Holly and his boys from west Texas. Legend has it that Buddy and fellow group members Larry Welborn, Jerry Allison, and Niki Sullivan arrived at the name one Spring night in 1957. Jerry remembers being inspired by a group called the Spiders.

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