Buddy Holly's widow has paid tribute to her late husband's bassist following his death at the weekend (07Feb15).

The Crickets star Joe B. Mauldin passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 74, and now Maria Elena Holly has added her name to the list of those honouring the musician, stating he made "beautiful music".

Holly says, "Joe B was a great player and performer, a dear friend, and I know that Buddy loved him a great deal. Joe B was one of the greatest bass players of all time...

"My thoughts and prayers go out to him, his wife, daughters, and family... I know that Joe B and Buddy are making some great music together in Heaven. We will all miss Joe B very much."