He played lead guitar as a member of Buddy Holly's band The Crickets (2). Allsup's virtuosity on the guitar can be heard on classic Holly songs such as "It's So Easy", "Heartbeat", "Lonesome Tears" and "Love's Made A Fool Of You". Allsup was touring with Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson when he lost a fateful coin toss with Valens for a seat on the plane that crashed, killing Valens, Holly, Richardson, and the pilot on February 3, 1959.
After the death of Holly, Allsup went on to work with many entertainers, including Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson.
Tommy Allsup Discography Tracks
- 127 Instruments & Performance
- 48 Writing & Arrangement
- 2 Conducting & Leading
- 120 Production
- 2 Acting, Literary & Spoken
|Tommy Allsup||The Buddy Holly Songbook (Album)||Reprise Records||UK||1964||Sell This Version|
Singles & EPs
|The Raiders (10) Featuring Tommy Allsup||The Raiders (10) Featuring Tommy Allsup - Dardanella/What Time Is It? (Single)||Liberty||US||1961||Sell This Version|
|F-55393||The Raiders (10) Featuring Tommy Allsup||The Raiders (10) Featuring Tommy Allsup - Dardanella / What Time Is It? (7", Single)||Liberty||F-55393||US||1961||Sell This Version|
|GR-1000||Tommy Allsup And His Fir Kings*||Yas' Yas' Yas; (7", Single)||Post Records (5)||GR-1000||US||Unknown||Sell This Version|
|PRC-100013||T. Allsup*||Pork Chop's (7", Single)||Pilish Records||PRC-100013||US||Unknown||Sell This Version|