Utterly devastating news today. RIP Jerry (JI) Allison. Founding member and drummer of The Crickets has passed away aged 82.
Jerry Ivan Allison (born August 31, 1939) is an American musician best known as the drummer for The Crickets  and co-author with Buddy on their hits “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue”. holly. His only solo hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Real Wild Child,” released under the name Ivan in 1958.
Allison’s first professional recording was Who’s Gonna Be the Next One Honey, released as a 45 RPM record by local band Hal Goodson and the Raiders. It also performed at Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico, about six months before Peggy Sue was recorded. During her early days at the Lubbock Youth Center in Lubbock, Texas, Alison’s drums were the sole accompaniment to Buddy Hawley’s vocals and guitar, allowing Hawley to play his best guitar work.
Over time, Alison’s rhythmic support has ranged from clapping her hands on her lap or clapping her hands to a modal simple cymbal drumming. His brisk crack on the snare drum powered the song released under the moniker Cricket. A song released under the Holly name is soft-toned and full of innocence and longing. Allison only played tom-toms on these devices to match the vocals. His work on the Cricket record gave the record a lot of uniqueness and influenced subsequent generations of rock drummers.
Record producer Norman Petty, who is also Holly’s manager, often falsifies songwriting. With another song to which he contributed little, Alison helped write the music for some notable songs, notably “That Will Be One Day” and “Peggy Sue” (Alison later collaborated with Peggy Sue Jaylen). Sue Gerron) (1940-2018), after which the title of the song was quoted by Alison in her biography, stating that he did not write the song – “Buddy did it”).
Hawley had recorded “That Will Be One Day” before he started working with Petty, so Cricket’s inclusion of Petty’s name in a later version of the songwriting credit illustrates the manipulation of credit. Alison has mentioned his role in creating “Not Fade Away” in multiple published interviews, credited to Norman Petty and “Charles Hardin” (Holly’s first and middle name – he was born Charles Hardin Holley) .
Alison didn’t sing on Cricket’s Holly record — despite the band being misled as a “vocal group with instrumental accompaniment”  — but in 1958 he released the single “Real Wild Child” (on the owned Johnny O’Keefe played the original during the Cricket Team’s brief visit to Australia that year), which he recorded under the pseudonym Ivan, with Holly playing guitar and singing backing vocals. It was a minor hit in 1958, and the first studio recording of the song, which became a rock standard. Alison also sang on some of Cricket’s later albums, including singles and album tracks.