As we look back on 2022 and before we look forward to 2023, it’s important we take the time to pay tribute to the important individuals in country music who left us over the last year, and who left a mark on the country and roots music world that will never fade. 2022 saw some absolute titans of the music leave us.
Sometimes when you ponder upon a life lived, you can’t help but marvel at all the events seen, the accomplishments achieved, and the history experienced by someone’s eyes and ears. Such is the case for Jerry Ivan Allison, known as JI by many close friends, family, and band mates.
Albert Lee, Buddy Holly, Conway Twitty, Eddie Cochran, Eric Clapton, Jerry Allison, Joe B. Mauldin, Nanci Griffith, Paul McCartney, Ritchie Valens, The Beatles, The Big Bopper, The Crickets, The Day The Music Died, The Everly Brothers, Tommy Allsup, Waylon Jennings
Joe B. Maudlin, the long-time bass player for The Crickets and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has died in Nashville according to The Tennessean. As the backing band for Buddy Holly, and an irreplaceable element of early American music, The Crickets helped forge the sound that would later become an essential building block for successful artists and bands such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and beyond.