Niki M. Sullivan was a rock and roll guitarist, born in South Gate, Calif. He
was one of the three original members of Buddy Holly’s backing group,The
Crickets. Though he lost interest within a year or two of his involvement, his
guitar playing was an integral part of Holly’s early success. He also co-wrote
a number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs
Buddy recorded over his brief career. Since he had a slight resemblance to
Holly in his skinny posture and glasses, Niki was often called "the other guy
in glasses" by critics in their reviews.
Niki Sullivan and his band
Pictured left to right: Niki Sullivan, Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, and
Joe B. Mauldin.