Tommy Allsup

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Tommy Allsup
Tommy Allsup.jpg
Allsup in 2009
Background information
Born (1931-11-24) November 24, 1931 (age 84)
Owasso, Oklahoma, US
Genres Rock and roll, country, western swing
Occupation(s) Musician, producer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1949–present
Labels Liberty
Associated acts Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings

Tommy Allsup (born November 24, 1931 in Owasso, Oklahoma) is an American rockabilly and Swing musician.


Allsup is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. He worked with entertainers such as Buddy Holly and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. Allsup was touring with Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson when he lost a fateful coin toss with Valens for a seat on the plane that crashed, killing Valens, Holly and Richardson on February 3, 1959. Allsup moved to Los Angeles, played with local bands, and did session work, including writing credit for the Ventures', "Guitar Twist".[1] (aka "Driving Guitars")

He returned to Odessa, Texas, where he worked with Ronnie Smith, Roy Orbison and producer Willie Nelson. In 1968 he moved to Nashville, where he did session work and produced Bob Wills', "24 Great Hits by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys".

In 1979, he started a club, "Tommy's Heads Up Saloon", in Dallas. The club was named for Allsup's coin toss with Valens 20 years beforehand.[2]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


External links[edit]