The Crickets are a rock & roll band from Lubbock, Texas, formed by singer/songwriter Buddy Holly in the late 1950s. Their first hit record was That'll Be the Day, released in 1957. They helped set the template for subsequent rock bands such as the Beatles, with their guitar-bass-drums arrangements and tendency to write their own material. After Holly's death in 1959 the band continued to tour and record with different vocalists, releasing new material into the 21st century.
Though often credited to Holly alone, several of his top hits were recorded by The Crickets. Holly had a solo recording contract under his own name, so to avoid legal problems he decided to form the group. Though often referred to as "Buddy Holly and the Crickets", they never went by that billing professionally.