"The first time I met the Crickets ( 1979 ), until then it had been a very slow time for us Buddy Holly and Crickets fans in the UK .

I saw the Crickets on the Palladium show in 1958 and we had a good run until the fateful crash, later we had a few hits and a couple of LPs with new found material, but then a long period of nothing.


Then in 1976 Paul McCartney took up the fight to get Buddy and the Crickets back on the scene.

I re-joined the Buddy Holly and Crickets fan Club in the  (UK ) and the Bill Griggs Club in the ( USA). I got the news they were coming to London and made plans to be there .It was a dream weekend meeting my Crickets and a wonderful concert."

I meet Sonny in 1985 Sept 28 at the Sea link songfest on the Isle of Wight, where I got a photo autographed. Sonny told me that the coat in the photo belonged to Terry Church. At the time I asked him who Ollie Vee was from the song  and he said there was an elderly black lady working on his dads cotton farm by that name and it had nothing to do with Buddy's name. He sat for a good two hours after the show talking to fans.

12 March 1988
My next meeting with The Crickets
Puckpool Holiday Camp Isle Of Wight ( UK ) with Gordon Payne as lead singer
A couple of days earlier they were on local TV show called " Coast To Coast "

Peter Rodger ( UK ) 2014



"Starting in the early 1960s Panther Hall in Fort Worth was the home to Cowtown Jamboree which featured country and western acts on Saturday evenings. In 1964 Panther Hall started to have Panther A-Go-Go on Friday nights and featured rock & roll acts. Around thirty minutes of Panther A-Go-Go would be videoed and shown of Fort Worth's KFJZ TV station the following Sunday evening. In March 1965 a very rare group of Crickets played Panther A-Go-Go. This group of Crickets just played on a short Texas tour. Here is a list of the songs in order the Crickets performed on the TV portion that was show on Fort Worth's KFJZ TV on a Sunday evening in March 1965.
That'll Be The Day
Johnny B. Goode
Memphis, Tennessee
La Bamba
Maybe Baby
Walking The Dog
Kansas City
Brown Eyed Handsome Man

All vocals were by Larry Trider except JI did the vocal on the Crickets recent hit JI did the vocal on of "(They Call Her) La Bamba". In the picture are from left: Larry Trider (vocals & guitar), Jerry (JI) Allison (drums), Larry Welborn (guitar), and Doug Walding (bass). In 1979 I gave Larry Trider who had never seen the picture a copy when he was playing the Red Raider Inn in Lubbock. In 1990 I gave Larry Welborn who also had never seen the picture a copy when he was playing a beer joint in Durant, Oklahoma.


Steve Bonner ( 2014)




"My memory of the first time I saw The Crickets was in the seventies. It was at the Casanova Club in Coatbridge, Scotland. They were a five piece, Jerry, Sonny, Albert Lee, Rick Gretch and Steve Krikorian . We also met them out back got pictures from them -
 ( I lost the photos )

I remember them been very friendly and also them being very interested in how they sounded as the show was being recorded. It was played on Radio Clyde sometime later and I taped it, I can re-live that night in Coatbridge every time I listen to it. My recollection is maybe not as exciting as others but to me it was."

Bill MacFarlane


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