Rockabilly good Tommy Allsup — whose fashionable work on guitar was all the time overshadowed by his worthwhile a extensively identified coin-toss — died Wednesday in Lubbock at age 85.
Allsup’s superb resume included credit score rating on albums by Willie Nelson, Johnny Money, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Asleep on the Wheel, Leon Russell, Melba Montgomery, the Ventures and dozens of others. Nonetheless he was greatest acknowledged for his affiliation with Buddy Holly.
Allsup was Holly’s guitarist in early 1959. On Feb. three, he famously misplaced a coin toss that price him a seat on a small airplane that crashed shut Clear Lake, Iowa, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens (who acquired the coin toss) and Beaumont native J.P. Richardson, elevated generally generally known as the Big Bopper. Allsup flipped the coin.
After the crash, Allsup relocated Los Angeles, the place he carried out on a few recordings by the Ventures. He later moved as soon as extra west Texas, working with Roy Orbison and a youthful Willie Nelson. By the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s he saved busy as a session guitarist and bassist and likewise as a producer.
His son Austin Allsup was featured on the most recent season of NBC’s “The Voice.”