Joe B. Mauldin

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Joe B. Mauldin
Buddy Holly & The Crickets publicity portrait - cropped.jpg
Buddy Holly and The Crickets (top to bottom: Allison, Holly and Mauldin), 1957
Background information
Birth name Joseph Benson Mauldin, Jr.
Born (1940-07-08)July 8, 1940
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Died February 7, 2015(2015-02-07) (aged 74)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Rock and roll
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, audio engineer
Instruments Double bass
Associated acts Buddy Holly

Joseph Benson Mauldin, Jr. (July 8, 1940 – February 7, 2015) was an American double-bassist, songwriter and audio engineer, best known as the double-bassist of rock and roll group The Crickets. Later he became a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, the Los Angeles studio that became the hit factory for Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and other major 1960s rock performers.

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Born in Lubbock, Texas, Mauldin became the bassist in the group The Crickets, which included Buddy Holly and drummer Jerry Allison and guitarist Niki Sullivan. The first rock band he played in was The Four Teens of Lubbock in 1955. He appears to have recorded with this group (that included the recording artist Terry Noland) in Dallas, prior to his recording with Buddy Holly in Clovis, NM. After Holly's death in 1959, he played on and off as an original Cricket with J.I. Allison, Sonny Curtis, Glen D. Hardin and with Niki Sullivan on occasion.[1]

Mauldin was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee as an original Cricket. In 2012, Mauldin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Crickets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the mistake of not including the Crickets with Buddy Holly when he was first inducted in 1986.

Mauldin died of cancer in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 74.[2][3]

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