Rock icon Buddy Holly immortalized in cheddar

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent Whether Buddy Holly ever had positive feelings toward the Green Bay Packers is a matter of conjecture. But one thing’s for sure now: Buddy is a cheese head. Throughout the Clovis Music Festival, a block of cheese carved into the likeness of Holly will be displayed in the entrance of [...]

Festival’s final night brings music legends to stage

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Shane Cooney, of Clear Lake, Iowa, grew up listening to Buddy Holly as a kid. “I grew up in Clear Lake (where Buddy Holly crashed), so it’s hard not to be a Buddy Holly fan,” he said. Cooney toured the Norman Petty studios for the first time this week and [...]

Man moved by music, literally

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The music and legend of Buddy Holly changed Dave Tobin’s life. Tobin, a 67-year-old native of England, attended the Clovis Music Festival for the first time in 2001. “I’ve always been a Buddy Holly fan,” he said. “I came (to Clovis) to fulfill a dream.” That initial trip prompted the [...]

Musicians sing praises of Holly

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers Correspondent A day before what would have been Buddy Holly’s 71st birthday, buddies from his youth remembered the rock ‘n’ roll legend as someone with many of the usual characteristics for a young man. Jack Neal said being two years older than Holly didn’t make him immune from his jokes. [...]

Norman Petty honored in Clovis

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ music history is being cast in stone with a scenic historic marker by the state honoring Norman Petty, according to state and local officials. The placard will be unveiled in a ceremony in front of the Norman Petty Studios at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to kick off the Clovis [...]

New events slated for music festival

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Music fans can look forward to new events at this year’s Clovis Music Festival. This year’s festival will be held Sept. 6-8 at the Clovis Civic Center, said Clovis Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Liz Eisenbraun. The three-day event will feature a question and answer segment with music artists, tours and, [...]

Residents rock at music festival

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspaper The return of the Clovis Music Festival summoned the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll back to life. The backyard of the Norman Petty Studio on Thursday was awash in bluish lights and fan appreciation: Hearty applause, girlish laughter and the flash of cameras. The backyard celebration kicked off the 2005 Clovis [...]

Friends of Buddy Holly singing at music festival

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers At a pharmacy in Lubbock, Texas, a mutual friend introduced musician Buddy Holly to Gary and Ramona Tollett, a young couple from Arizona pursuing a career as gospel singers. “He gave me the first impression of being a shy, young man,” said Ramona. The introduction led to a friendship and [...]