Jerry “JI” Allison — Buddy Holly drummer and drummer for the Crickets, and co-author of some of the band’s most important songs — has passed away. He is 82 years old.
message is Post to Buddy Holly’s Facebook page on Monday.
“JI was a musician ahead of his time, and there’s no question that his energy, ideas, and extraordinary technique have contributed so much to The Crickets and rock itself, and have been so successful,” the announcement reads. road.
“Buddy is often credited as an original singer-songwriter, but JI has also written and inspired many songs that will become timeless classics.”
“There’s more to say and post in the coming days. Today, we miss his family and friends and wish Ji rest in peace,” the statement concluded.
The announcement did not list the cause of death.
Born in 1939, Alison and Holly met in the 1950s and began playing music as a duo. In 1957, the duo met bassist Joe B. Mauldin and formed the Crickets — who would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
In addition to playing drums, Alison has collaborated on some of the biggest hits, including their debut single “That’ll Be the Day,” as well as Holly’s classics “Peggy Sue” and “More Than I Can Say” “. “
Holly died in a plane crash in 1959, but Cricket continued to write music, even collaborating with Paul McCartney on the 1988 single “T Shirt.”
Alison also became a popular studio musician, working with JJ Cale and Johnny Rivers.