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J.I. Allison (born Jerry Ivan Allison, August 31, 1939, in Hillsboro, Texas) is an American musician, best known for being the drummer for The Crickets and co-writer of their Buddy Holly hit “Peggy Sue”.
Allison’s first professional recording can be heard on a 45-rpm recording of another local legend named Hal Goodson and the Raiders . This very rare recording was named “Who’s Gonna Be the Next One Honey”. This recording was also performed at the Norman Petty studio in Clovis, NM about 6 months before Peggy Sue was recorded.

In their early days at the Lubbock Youth Center, Buddy Holly’s vocal and guitar were backed only by Allison’s drumming, allowing for some of Holly’s best guitar work.
Over time, Allison’s rhythm backup ranged from slapping hands-on-knees or hand-clapping the beat to a modal plainness of cymbal drumming.[4] His snappy cracks at the snare drum gave power to the songs released under the name The Crickets. Later songs, released under Buddy Holly’s own name, were softer in tone and filled with innocence and longing. On these, Allison played only tom-toms in keeping with the sound of the vocals.[5] His work on The Crickets recordings gave the records much of their distinctiveness and has influenced subsequent generations of Rock and roll drummers.
Norman Petty, the manager, often manipulated song-writing credits and Allison, although credited with another recording to which he contributed little, helped to compose the music for some of the famous songs, notably “That’ll Be The Day” and “Peggy Sue” (Allison later married Peggy Sue Gerron

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