Joe B. Mauldin
July 8, 1940 – February 7, 2015
Joe B. Mauldin is best remembered as the influential double-bassist for Buddy Holly & the Crickets. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Mauldin’s first band of note was the Four Teens, which he joined in 1955. Two years later, he joined up with Holly and the Crickets who went on to record some of the most iconic songs in the history of music, among them, “That’ll Be The Day,” “Rave On,” and “Peggy Sue.” The Crickets have been rightfully acknowledged as a direct inspiration to many important bands to follow, including the Beatles. After Holly died in 1959, Mauldin performed with various incarnations of the Crickets. He also became a recording engineer, contributing to the sound of such artists as Brian Wilson, Phil Spector, and Herb Alpert. Joe B. Mauldin died of cancer on February 7, 2015. He was 74.
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