In Style With the Crickets

In Style With the Crickets is an influential rock and roll album by the Crickets. Although it was the band's first release following the departure and subsequent death of their front man, Buddy Holly, it still contains many of the band's most memorable songs and many tracks have also been featured on numerous compilations over the years. Originally released as an LP record on December 5, 1960, the album remained out of print for some time until it was re-released on CD in 1993, with bonus tracks not featured on the original album.

In Style with the Crickets
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 4, 1960 (1960-12-04)[1]
Recorded1958-1960
GenreRock and roll
Length40:02
LabelCoral (CRL 57320/CRL 757320)
ProducerNorman Petty, Jack Hansen under Bud Dani
The Crickets chronology
The Buddy Holly Story
(1959)
In Style with the Crickets
(1960)
Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets
(1962)

Background

This album is notably the Crickets' first album after the departure of frontman Buddy Holly in late October / November 1958. The Crickets had previously recorded as the backing band on Holly's debut solo album, Buddy Holly released in February 1958. Recording of a formal follow-up to Crickets' acclaimed debut, The "Chirping" Crickets began in 1958 which led to the Crickets putting out a single on Brunswick records, "Love's Made a Fool of You" b/w/ "Someone, Someone". To replace Holly, a new vocalist, Earl Sinks was brought in due to his similar singing style. On guitar, Holly's close friend and former bandmate Sonny Curtis joined, who also became a primary songwriter for the band. After a disagreement with the band, Sinks left before the record was released.

Release and legacy

The album includes covers of, "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu", "Great Balls of Fire", "Ting-A-Ling The album also includes many songs that would go on to be hits for other artists: "More Than I Can Say", made famous by Bobby Vee and Leo Sayer; and “Someone, Someone”, made famous by The Tremeloes. The Bobby Fuller Four were significantly influenced by this album, having some of their greatest hits come directly from this album: "I Fought the Law" and "Love's Made a Fool of You". The band also covered "Baby My Heart", which was released after the band broke up. Terry Manning and the Wild Ones recorded a cover of "Just This Once" and Matchbox released a cover of "Love's Made a Fool of You".

The most popular songs from the album itself are "Love's Made a Fool of You", "When You Ask About Love", "More Than I Can Say", and "Baby My Heart". While not popular in the U.S., they received significant airplay in the U.K. "I Fought the Law" became a popular song in the Crickets' repertoire for years to come.

The 1993 CD re-release includes outtakes from the Crickets' studio sessions surrounding the recording of the album. Included is "Someone, Someone", the B-side to the single "Love's Made a Fool of You", featured on the album. The songs off the single "Don't Cha Know" featuring vocalist David Box are also featured in these bonus tracks. The B-side, "Peggy Sue Got Married", is a cover of Buddy Holly's acoustic demo, which was never formally recorded by the band during his lifetime. The Crickets' recording features an instrumental similar to the original "Peggy Sue", and is noted for Box's vocals being very similar to Holly's.

Further reissues of the album were put out under various titles and labels, many composed of alternate takes of songs appearing on the album.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."More Than I Can Say"J.I. Allison, Sonny Curtis2:38
2."Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu"Huey "Piano" Smith, John Vincent1:59
3."Great Balls of Fire"Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer1:53
4."Ting-A-Ling"Ahmet Ertegun2:37
5."Just This Once"Curtis, Joe B. Mauldin, Earl Sinks2:00
6."Deborah"Allison, Curtis2:16
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Baby My Heart"Curtis2:15
8."When You Ask About Love"Allison, Curtis2:05
9."Time Will Tell"Paul Gayten2:12
10."A Sweet Love"Curtis2:04
11."I Fought the Law"Curtis2:12
12."Love's Made a Fool of You"Buddy Holly, Bob Montgomery2:00
CD re-release bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Someone, Someone"Edwin Greines, Vi Petty2:46
14."Don't Cha Know"David Box, Ernie Hall2:07
15."Why Did You Leave?"Robert Guidry2:19
16."Smooth Guy"Curtis1:37
17."So You're In Love"Allison, Curtis1:37
18."Peggy Sue Got Married"Holly1:45[2]

Personnel

Although the front of the album sleeve only shows pictures of Joe Mauldin, Jerry Allison, and Sonny Curtis the line-up was as follows:

The Crickets
Additional personnel

Charts

Album

Chart (1969) Peak
position
UK Album Charts 13[5]

References

  1. http://buddyhollyonline.com/albums.html%5B%5D
  2. http://allmusic.com/album/in-style-with-the-crickets-r34265
  3. http://www.buddyhollyonline.com/related/dbox.html%5B%5D
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2011-11-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Buddy Holly - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
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