Reporter’s Notebook: Musicians get nod for induction

Small, black vinyl records cover the walls of the Norman Petty Studios, a testament to the musicians who recorded at the Seventh Street studio under the tutelage of Petty.

The Clovis music producer and several of the musicians he worked with in the 1950s will be inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame.
According to the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame Foundation, Norman Petty, Buddy Holly and members of The Fireballs and The Crickets will be inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame on Nov. 11 in Albuquerque.
Buddy Holly, who was killed in a plane crash in 1959, had several hit songs, including “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue.”

George Tomsco, lead guitarist for The Fireballs, said he plans to attend the fourth annual event. The 66-year-old said four of the original members of the 1950s group are still living. Fireballs’ vocalist/guitarist Chuck Tharp died earlier this year.
“We’ll (remaining Fireballs members) be accepting in his honor,” Tomsco said, “and we’ll be thinking of him.”

The Fireballs became internationally known after their song “Sugar Shack” hit number one.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Tonya Fennell. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is:
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