Niki Sullivan

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.

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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Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sullivan, Niki," accessed January 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114920.

Sullivan, Niki. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114920.

"Sullivan, Niki." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 January 2023.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114920

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