The “Chirping” Crickets
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The “Chirping” Crickets is the debut album from the American rock and roll band the Crickets, led by Buddy Holly. It was the group’s only album released during Holly’s lifetime. In 2012, the album was ranked number 420 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[4] The album also appears in the book, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The LP was released in the US in 1957, and in the UK in 1958. It was re-released by Coral in 1962 as Buddy Holly and the Crickets. After being out of print for many years, it was reissued as a remastered CD in 2004 with bonus tracks.

Track listing

Side 1
1.“Oh, Boy!”Sonny West, Bill Tilghman, Norman Petty2:07
2.“Not Fade Away”Buddy Holly, Petty2:21
3.“You’ve Got Love”Roy Orbison, Johnny Wilson, Petty2:05
4.“Maybe Baby”Holly, Petty2:01
5.“It’s Too Late”Chuck Willis2:22
6.“Tell Me How”Holly, Petty, Jerry Allison1:58
Side 2
7.“That’ll Be the Day” (May 27, 1957 Brunswick version)Holly, Allison, Petty2:14
8.“I’m Looking for Someone to Love”Holly, Petty1:56
9.“An Empty Cup (And a Broken Date)”Orbison, Petty2:11
10.“Send Me Some Lovin'”John Marascalco, Leo Price2:33
11.“Last Night”Joe B. Mauldin, Petty1:53
12.“Rock Me My Baby”Shorty Long, Susan Heather1:47


Buddy Holly and the Crickets
  • Buddy Holly – lead vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar on 5, backing vocals on 2
  • Jerry Allison – drums, card-box percussion and backing vocals on 2
  • Joe B. Mauldin – contrabass, except on 7 and 8, backing vocals on 2
  • Niki Sullivan – rhythm guitar, except on 1, 2, 5, 7, 8 and 11, backing vocals on 2, 7 and 8
Additional personnel
  • Larry Welborn – contrabass on 7 and 8
  • The Picks (Bill Pickering, John Pickering and Bob Lapham) – backing vocals, except on 2, 7 and 8
  • Ramona and Gary Tollett – backing vocals on 7 and 8



1958UK Albums Chart5[5]


Billboard Hot 100[6]R&B Singles[7]UK Singles Chart[8]
1957“That’ll Be the Day”121
1958“Oh Boy”10133

  • The “Chirping” Crickets at Discogs (list of releases)

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