Jerry EllisonGroundbreaking early rock and roll and rockabilly drummer, as a member of Joe Cricket with buddy Holly“Co-wrote historical songs like”Peggy Sue“And” that will be the day, ” is dead. He was 82 years old.
According to a post on the Buddy Holly Facebook page, “Gee was a musician ahead of his time, and undoubtedly his energy, ideas and extraordinary skill contributed to both The Crickets and Rock n’ Roll becoming such successes.”
Allison, a critic wrote“It knew that given the limitations of the instruments in that era, sometimes working with a snare, a cymbal and a bass drum (if so), an incredible variety of percussion sounds were obtained.”
For example, his work on “Peggy Sue” includes the use of a paradiddle, a drumming rudiment that combines a single stroke with a properly placed double stroke. He also contributed to the title; “Peggy Sue” was originally titled “Cindy Lou” after Holly’s niece. Allison underwent a name change in favor of his girlfriend at the time and later wife, Peggy Sue Geron.
On other tracks, Allison’s creative contributions ranged from slapping her hands on her knees or clapping her hands to drumming cymbals or simply playing Tom Toms.
Those skills were crucial to the formation of the band. Prior to Cricket, a teenager Holly (on vocals and guitar) and Allison (on drums) honed their skills as a pair at the Lubbock Youth Center in Lubbock, Texas, where they grew up.
While “Peggy Sue” reached number 3 on the Billboard charts in 1957, “That Will Be the Day”, which Allison co-wrote with Holly, went to number 1 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart that same year. ,
After Holly was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1959, Allison became the cricket’s guide. The band had several lineups, and later collaborated with artists such as Nancy Griffith, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Johnny Rivers and Waylon Jennings.
Allison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Cricket.