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Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 14, 1962 (1962-07-14) [1]
RecordedSeptember 12–13, 20, 28, and fall 1961 [2]
StudioUnited Recorders, 6050 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA [3]
Genre Rock and roll
Length27:54 (52:47, 1991 reissue)
Label Liberty (LST-7228/LRP-3228)
Producer Snuff Garrett
Bobby Vee and The Crickets chronology
In Style with the Crickets
Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets
Something Old, Something New, Something Blue, Somethin' Else
Singles from Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets
  1. "" Punish Her" (Bobby Vee, solo) b/w "Someday (When I'm Gone From You)""
    Released: August 10, 1962
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New Record Mirror [4]

Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets is a cross-over rock and roll album that brings singer Bobby Vee together with the Crickets. It was Vee's 6th album and The Crickets' second release following the departure and subsequent death of their front man, Buddy Holly. The album contains new versions of three songs written by or recorded by Holly—Peggy Sue, Bo Diddley, and Well...All Right—and a host of cover versions of 1950s rock'n'roll songs by artists like Little Richard and Chuck Berry. Originally released as an LP record on July 14, 1962, the album was re-released on CD in 1991, with bonus tracks not featured on the original album.


After Buddy Holly's departure, The Crickets recorded with Earl Sinks serving as lead vocalist, with Crickets Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis also sharing vocals. David Box also recorded a single as lead vocalist in 1959. Several weeks after relocating to Los Angeles in 1960, guitarist and songwriter Sonny Curtis was drafted and began a two-year stint in the US Army,. [5] Curtis was stationed in Fort Ord and limited in his ability to continue working with the band. [6] With Curtis away, Jerry Allison offered fellow Texan Jerry Naylor the position of lead singer with the group in 1961. He would remain through early 1965. Tommy Allsup, the guitarist who had toured with Holly during the fateful Winter Dance Party frequently played with the band.

Singing star and Liberty records artist Bobby Vee had a number of connections with Holly and the Crickets. After Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in the tragic February 1959 plane crash, Fargo, North Dakota teenager Bobby Vee was among several local young musicians recruited to join the rest of the Winter Dance Party tour, beginning with the next scheduled concert in Fargo. [7] Vee had recorded a hit version of The Crickets' song " More Than I Can Say" in 1961.

1991 CD Reissue

The 1991 CD re-release includes outtakes from the Crickets' studio sessions with Bobby Vee recorded during September 1962 and a medley of Buddy Holly songs recorded by Vee and the Crickets on April 16, 1989 and released as a single in 1990.

Track listing

Side one
1." Peggy Sue" J.I. Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty2:18
2." Bo Diddley" Elias McDaniels2:15
3."Someday (When I'm Gone From You)"Tom Lesslie (aka Snuff Garrett), Dick Glasser2:10
4." Well...All Right" J.I. Allison, Buddy Holly, Norman Petty, Joe B. Mauldin2:16
5."I Gotta Know"M. Williams, P. Evans2:06
6."Lookin' For Love" Roy Orbison, Joe Melson1:57
Side two
7." Sweet Little Sixteen" Chuck Berry2:25
8."When You're in Love"Allison, Sonny Curtis1:53
9."Lucille" Richard Penniman, Albert Collins2:25
10." The Girl of My Best Friend" Sam Bobrick, Beverly Ross2:22
11." Little Queenie"Chuck Berry2:30
12." The Girl Can't Help It" Bobby Troup2:26
1991 CD bonus tracks
13."Lonely Weekend (Version 1, take 9A)" Charlie Rich2:13
14."It's Too Late (Version 1, take 14)" Robert Velline2:23
15."Come on Baby"Buddy Knox2:03
16." Mountain of Love" Harold Dorman2:27
17."No One Knows" Ken Hecht, Ernie Maresca2:45
18."Shanghaied" Mel Tillis, Marijohn Wilkin1:49
19." Keep A Knockin'"Richard Penniman2:22
20."Lonely Weekend (Version 2)"Charlie Rich2:32
21."It's Too Late (Version 2)"Robert Velline2:07
22."Buddy Holly Medley: What To Do / Crying, Waiting, Hoping / Learning the Game"Buddy Holly3:44 [8]


The Crickets

NOTE: Though pictured on the front and back of the record jacket, neither Jerry Naylor and Joe B. Mauldin play on the record. Mauldin left the group until the middle 1970s, and Naylor had only joined in the time for the album's release, becoming the band's lead singer from 1961 to 1965.

Additional personnel

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  4. ^ Watson, Jimmy (November 3, 1962). "Bobby Bee Meets The Crickets" (PDF). New Record Mirror. No. 86. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 1, 2022. Retrieved August 5, 2022.
  5. ^ "Podcast Encore Special: Sonny Curtis and Jerry Allison: Michael Shelley's show".
  6. ^ "Sonny Curtis Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic.
  7. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  8. ^ 1991 liner notes
  9. ^ "Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets - the Crickets, Bobby Vee, Bobby Vee & the Crickets | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic.
  10. ^ "Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets by Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets - RYM/Sonemic".
  11. ^ "Bobby Vee and the Crickets – Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets (2017, 180g, Direct Metal Mastering (DMM), Vinyl)". Discogs.
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  13. ^ Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets Liberty LRP-3228 album cover
  14. ^ John Firminger, The Crickets File 1961-1965 SEE 79 album liner notes, 1987

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