Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Joe B. Mauldin Dead At 74

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe B. Mauldin, a bass player for Buddy Holly and The Crickets, has died at the age of 74 after a battle with cancer.

The Tennessean reports Mauldin passed away Saturday morning in Nashville, his adopted hometown of more than 30 years.

Mauldin’s manager, Burt Stein, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Sunday that Mauldin had died. He didn’t provide details.

Mauldin began playing bass in his early teens and was a member of The Four Teens before joining Holly’s band, The Crickets, in 1957.

Mauldin and fellow Crickets Jerry Allison, Sonny Curtis and the late Niki Sullivan were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Holly was inducted in 1986.