The "Chirping" Crickets

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The "Chirping" Crickets
Chirping Crickets.jpg
Studio album by The Crickets
Released November 27, 1957
Recorded February 25 – September 28, 1957
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly
Length 28:27
Label Brunswick
Producer Norman Petty
The Crickets chronology
The "Chirping" Crickets
The Buddy Holly Story
Alternative Cover
Australian cover
Reissue Cover
Buddy Holly and The Crickets (Coral, 1962)
Singles from The "Chirping" Crickets
  1. "That'll Be The Day"
    Released: 27 May 1957
  2. "Oh, Boy!"
    Released: 27 October 1957
  3. "Maybe Baby"
    Released: January 1958
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

The "Chirping" Crickets is the self-titled debut album from the American rock and roll band The Crickets, led by Buddy Holly. In 2003, the album was ranked number 421 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Following the album, Holly also pursued a solo career with a string of successful singles, and a full-length effort, eponymously titled Buddy Holly in 1958.

The LP was released in the US in 1957, and in the UK in 1958. It was re-released by Coral in 1962 as Buddy Holly and The Crickets. After being out of print for many years. It was reissued as a remastered CD in 2004 with bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Oh, Boy!"   Sonny West, Bill Tilghman, Norman Petty 2:07
2. "Not Fade Away"   Buddy Holly, Norman Petty 2:21
3. "You've Got Love"   Roy Orbison, Johnny Wilson, Norman Petty 2:05
4. "Maybe Baby"   Buddy Holly, Norman Petty 2:01
5. "It's Too Late"   Chuck Willis 2:22
6. "Tell Me How"   Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, Norman Petty 1:58
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "That'll Be the Day" (May 27, 1957 Brunswick version) Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, Norman Petty 2:14
2. "I'm Looking for Someone to Love"   Buddy Holly, Norman Petty 1:56
3. "An Empty Cup (And a Broken Date)"   Roy Orbison, Norman Petty 2:11
4. "Send Me Some Lovin'"   John Marascalco, Leo Price 2:33
5. "Last Night"   Joe B. Mauldin, Norman Petty 1:53
6. "Rock Me My Baby"   Shorty Long, Susan Heather 1:47


Buddy Holly and The Crickets
Additional personnel
  • Larry Welborn – contrabass on 7 and 8
  • The Picks (Bill Pickering, John Pickering and Bob Lapham) - backing vocals, except on 2, 7 and 8
  • Ramona and Gary Tollett – backing vocals on 7 and 8



Year Chart Position
1968 UK Albums Chart 5[3]


Year Single Position
Billboard Hot 100[4] R&B Singles[5] UK Singles Chart[6]
1957 "That'll Be the Day" 1 2 1
1958 "Oh Boy" 10 13 3


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. The "Chirping" Crickets at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  2. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 174.
  3. ^ "Crickets - Chirping Crickets". Chart Stats. 1958-04-19. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  4. ^ Buddy Holly at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  5. ^ The Crickets at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-26.
  6. ^ "Crickets". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2011-08-06.