Joe B. Mauldin

Imagine a world sans Buddy Holly and The Crickets! Among the greatest influencers in the history of rock ‘n’ roll – including a group of Liverpool lads who amended their moniker from The Quarrymen to “Beetles” in homage of Charles Hardin Holly’s agile collective – bassist Joe B. Mauldin and drummer Jerry Allison set the enduring template of the rock ‘n roll rhythm section as it exists today. Following Buddy’s tragic death in 1959, Maudlin continued with various incarnations of The Crickets, and later worked as a recording engineer at the iconic Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame afforded the late, great Joe Mauldin and The Crickets their due honor in 2012 by special committee.