Niki Sullivan (June 23, 1937 – April 6, 2004) was an American rock and roll guitar player, born in South Gate, California. He was one of the three original members of Buddy Holly's backing band, the Crickets. Though he lost interest within a few months of his involvement, his guitar playing was an integral part of Holly's early success. He performed on 27 of the 32 songs Holly recorded over his brief career. He co-wrote a number of his own songs. In 2012, Sullivan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Crickets by a special committee, aimed at correcting the mistake of not including the Crickets with Buddy Holly when he was first inducted in 1986.
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Birth and Death Data: Born June 23, 1937 (South Gate), Died April 6, 2004 (Sugar Creek)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1957 - 1965
Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||102021||3/18/1957||I'm looking for someone to love||Crickets, The ; Buddy Holly||vocalist|
|Decca||102022||3/18/1957||That'll be the day||Crickets, The ; Buddy Holly||vocalist|
|Decca||103104||8/12/1957||Not fade away||Crickets, The ; Buddy Holly||vocalist|
|Decca||103526||10/15/1957||You've got love||Crickets, The ; Buddy Holly||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||103527||10/15/1957||Maybe baby (MC 7452 MCA MCA-3040)-1||Crickets, The ; Buddy Holly||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||103529||10/15/1957||Tell me how||Crickets, The ; Buddy Holly||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||103530||10/15/1957||An empty cup (and a broken date)||Crickets, The ; Buddy Holly||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||103533||10/15/1957||Rock me, my baby||Crickets, The ; Buddy Holly||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||104199||July 1957||Ready Teddy-2||Buddy Holly||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||104201||July 1957||Valley of tears-1||Buddy Holly||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||117146||3/12/1965||Maybe baby||Buddy Holly||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sullivan, Niki," accessed June 10, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114920.
Sullivan, Niki. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 10, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114920.
"Sullivan, Niki." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Sullivan, Niki - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2009082127
Wikidata: Niki Sullivan - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q11792043
MusicBrainz: Niki Sullivan - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/8a95c1bd-f15e-4a6f-8efd-369ff098c6f2
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