‘Crickets’ Bassist Joe B. Mauldin, 74 has died.

Joe B. Mauldin has died. He was an American double-bassist, songwriter and audio engineer, best known as the double-bassist of rock and roll pioneers The Crickets. The Lubbock, Texas was also a bassist for Buddy Holly was seventy four at the time of his death, he was a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

“It feels great being inducted now,” he said in 2012. “I think anytime someone thinks enough of you to induct you into their organization, you should be happy.”

During his time singing career he was known for hit singles such as ‘That’ll Be the Day.’ ‘Oh, Boy!,’ ‘Maybe Baby,’ ‘Peggy Sue’ and ‘Rave On’, that was for the year 1958, Mauldin said to Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,

“It did feel like everything was happening super fast,”

But sadly Holly was killed in 1959 alongside Richie Valens and the Big Bopper (whose real name was J.P. Richardson) in plane crash.

Mauldin, Allison and early Holly collaborator Sonny Curtis were left to continue as the Crickets.

Then at that time The Beatles became huge fans of them,

“It truly meant so much to me to have Paul McCartney tell me face to face, ‘If there had not been the Crickets, there never would have been the Beatles,’” Mauldin remembered.

Also in 1965, he left to be an audio engineer. Mauldin leaves behind to grieve his wife Jane, to whom he was married to for fifty one years, and his daughters Jane Mauldin and Melody Stephenson.

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