David Box

David Box (August 11, 1943 – October 23, 1964)[1] was an American rock musician in the early 1960s. Box was influenced by fellow Texan Buddy Holly, and even took his place as singer of his group, the Crickets, for a short time after Holly's death. Box also collaborated with Roy Orbison, and found local success with his group, the Ravens. On October 23, 1964, according to the Bill Daniel’s relatives, David Box and two friends playfully abducted Bill Daniel, who was a pilot, as he was walking to a college class and said let's go flying. The plane was found later crashed in a field in the Houston area.

David Box
Birth nameHarold David Box
Born(1943-08-11)August 11, 1943
Sulphur Springs, Texas, U.S.
OriginLubbock, Texas
DiedOctober 23, 1964(1964-10-23) (aged 21)
Houston, Texas
GenresRock and roll, rockabilly
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1960–64
LabelsCoral, Candix, Joed
Associated actsThe Crickets, The Ravens

Life and career

Harold David Box was born to Virginia and Harold Box on August 11, 1943 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Box's family moved to Lubbock, Texas in 1946. Box was greatly influenced by his father, a self-taught Western Swing fiddle musician and started singing at the age of three, making public appearances at this time.[2] His father taught him to play guitar, and he received one as a present for his eighth birthday. His style was influenced by early performances by Buddy Holly in 1954. In 1958, Box formed his own band, The Ravens, with Box on vocals and guitar, and classmates Lynn Bailey on bass, and Ernie Hall on drums. The band cut their first demos at Mitchell Studio in Lubbock.

As a close neighbor of Jerry Allison's parents, Ernie Hall reported that The Crickets needed a replacement for guitarist and vocalist Sonny Curtis, who had been drafted into the Army. The Ravens sent in their demos and auditioned, eventually winning the role; Box and Hall went to Los Angeles to cut the Crickets' next single. Box and Hall's composition, "Don't Cha Know" was used as the A-side, while a Buddy Holly composition, "Peggy Sue Got Married" was used as the B-side. Box played guitar and sang, Joe B. Mauldin played bass, Ernie Hall played drums on "Don't Cha Know", while Jerry Allison played drums on "Peggy Sue Got Married" and guitar on "Peggy Sue Got Married". This was the final single by the Crickets on Coral Records. For the following three weeks, Box and Hall supported the Crickets on tour before returning home to complete their schooling.[3]

Box died on October 23, 1964, in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk which crashed nose-first and overturned at Houston, Texas. The other three people aboard the plane also died.[4]


David Box is buried in Restlawn Memorial Park in Sulphur Springs.[5] His gravestone reads: "I'll Sing Throughout Eternity."[6]

Box was inducted posthumously to the West Texas Music Hall of Fame[7] and the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame (West Texas Walk of Fame) in Lubbock in September 2006.

"Out of The Box"

"Out of the Box: The 50th Anniversary Tribute To David Box Songs" was commissioned and released on CD in October 2014 by Box's younger sister, Rita Box Peek.[8] The album is a contemporary instrumental reworking of David Box songs, performed by Lubbock musician Brian McRae.[9] McRae played David Box's original Stratocaster guitar (in duo and solo settings) on the album.

Rita, known as the guardian of David Box's legacy, said she produced the project "to extend David Box music within a new format for the 21st Century and beyond." The album was released in conjunction with a David Box tribute she organized and presented at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock on October 22, 2014, the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of his passing. McRae performed all of the songs from the CD and Rita Box Peek sang "Don't You Know" (her version of David's hit, "Don't Cha Know") at the event. Guest speakers included Rita Box Peek, Peggy Sue Gerron,[10] Glen Spreen[11] and Dow Patterson.[12]

"Out of The Box" was released for the first time in digital format on the CDBaby website in October 2018 (that month, Rita Box Peek also released her first jazz album, Just for You,[13][14] produced and backed by Brian McRae).



Year Title Label
1960"Don't Cha Know" / "Peggy Sue Got Married"Coral Records *
1962"I Do The Best I Can" / "Waitin'"Joed Records
1962"If You Can't Say Something Nice" / "Sweet, Sweet Day"Joed Records
1962"If You Can't Say Something Nice" / "I've Had My Moments"Candix Records
1964"Little Lonely Summer Girl" / "No One Will Ever Know"Joed Records[15]

*With The Crickets


Year Title Label
2002The David Box StoryRollercoaster Records[16]
2014Out of The BoxRita Box Peek[17]
2015The David Box Story Vol. IIRollercoaster Records[18]


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