Tommy Allsup

Tommy Allsup

born on 24/11/1931 in Owassa, TX, United States

died on 11/1/2017 in Springfield, MO, United States

Tommy Allsup

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Tommy Allsup

Tommy Allsup (born November 24, 1931 in Owasso, Oklahoma) is an American musician.


He worked with entertainers such as Buddy Holly and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. 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 and Richardson on February 3, 1959. Allsup moved to Los Angeles, played with local bands, and did session work, including writing credit for the Ventures', "Guitar Twist".[1]

He returned to Odessa, Texas, where he worked with Ronnie Smith, and Roy Orbison, and producing Willie Nelson. In 1968, he moved to Nashville, where he did session work, and produced Bob Wills', "24 Great Hits by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys". In 1979, he started a club, "Tommy's Heads Up Saloon", in Dallas. The club was named for Allsup's coin toss with Valens 20 years beforehand.[2]

See also

  • The Day the Music Died

Further reading

  • Lehmer, Larry (2004). The day the music died: the last tour of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, Music Sales Group.
  • Patterson, R (2004). Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses, Simon and Schuster.


  1. Del Halterman (2009). Walk-Don't Run - The Story of the Ventures,
  2. Larry Lehmer (2004). The Day the Music Died: The Last Tour of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens, Music Sales Group.

External links

  • Online biography
  • Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame—Tommy Allsup
  • Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Allsup, Tommy
  • Voices of Oklahoma interview with Tommy Allsup. First person interview conducted with Tommy Allsup on September 8, 2011. Original audio and transcript archived with Voices of Oklahoma oral history project.
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