Something for sports fans

Mike Higgins’ sports blog is live on our Freedom New Mexico sites. He writes about high school, college and professional sports of local interest. You can find the feature under “Blogs” in the blue bar atop the Clovis News Journal home page or go to: Short Rutts • • • Clovis schools are celebrating their […]

She appreciates more than the music learned

Clovis schools are celebrating their annual “Music In Our Schools” week. And so editors asked readers if they have a favorite music teacher. Darlene Cunningham’s response: “Music has always been precious to me. Probably my favorite music teacher was my music teacher in high school. Her name is Robin Pederson. She always had time to […]

Rock and roll on line

Clovis schools are celebrating their annual “Music In Our Schools” week. And so our “Web site of the day” will be music related the rest of the week. Today’s site is Buddy Holly’s page at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: Buddy Holly • • • Editor David Stevens has received a […]

Grocery business runs in family’s blood

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist As told to Don McAlavy by Steven Brian of Colorado: “I read your column ‘Clovis man spent majority of life in grocery business’ with great pleasure. I am one of the proud graduates of ‘Hubby Tech’ as Less jokingly referred to his store. Anyway, I wanted to write you also […]

Holmberg Jewelry closing doors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Yvonne Mercadante of Clovis helps the staff retag and reorangize inventory Monday at Holmberg Jewelry. Mercadante, who has worked at the store off and on since 1960, said the store closure is “absolutely devastating.” CNJ staff One of Clovis’ oldest jewelry stores is going out of business. Holmberg Jewelry, which […]

Museum commerates life, works of musician

Residents of eastern New Mexico are certainly proud of their area’s ties to legendary singer Buddy Holly, whose work with the Norman Petty Studios are celebrated on a consistent basis. Where is it? The Buddy Holly Center is located in Lubbock, about 105 miles from the Clovis/Portales area. From either city, drive to Muleshoe, then […]

Local legends hit stage

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Bobby Vee headlined Saturday’s final show of the Clovis Music Festival at the Clovis Civic Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Shane Cooney, of Clear Lake, Iowa, grew up listening to Buddy Holly as a kid. “I grew up in Clear Lake (where Buddy Holly’s plane crashed), so it’s […]

Visitors get sneak peek at museum

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CNJ correspondent photo: Martha Hardwick Robin Isler of Clovis visits with Jochen Rehberg Jr., left, and his father, Jochen Rehberg Sr., at the Norman Petty Studio tour on Saturday. The Rehbergs came from Hannoves, Germany for the Clovis Music Festival. The museum is set to open next year. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer When […]

Man moves for music

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte John Mueller performs Buddy Holly’s song, “That’ll Be the Day” during the Buddy, Roy and Elvis tribute show at the Clovis Civic Center as part of the the Clovis Music Festival. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer The music and legend of Buddy Holly changed Dave Tobin’s life. Tobin, a […]

Petty studio offers step back in time

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “There is a shower in the men’s room.” Ah, I thought. My new co-worker has discovered the uniqueness of our radio station’s men’s room, courtesy of the late Norman Petty. Had he not decided to open a recording studio in Clovis there probably wouldn’t be a shower in the men’s […]

Musicians sing praises of Holly

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tommy Allsup practices Thursday with his band, the Texas Playboys, at the Clovis Civic Center. Allsup, a former Buddy Holly bandmate, performed in a tribute to the songs of Holly. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A day before what would have been Buddy Holly’s 71st birthday, buddies from his youth […]

Clovis Music Festival shouldn’t be missed

By Clyde Davis: Columnist The question of the day came to me as I was picking up a trio of breakfast burritos at Foxy’s. In actuality, the question did not come to me until I saw the man who would know the answers: A.C. Bryant. The question is, What did Buddy Holly order when he […]

Historic marker honors Petty

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor 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 […]

Festival will feature Holly kin

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Making music memories

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleDerek Stone, 11, of Portales, front right, and James LeFebvre, center, get autographs from the LA Party Dolls Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center during the Clovis Music Festival’s “meet the rockers” fanfare. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Some of those attending the Clovis Music Festival may have been chasing down […]

Holly-lujah

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Sonny West will be playing at the Clovis Musical Festival. West wrote the Buddy Holly’s classic hit songs “Oh Boy” and “Rave On.” File photo By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The spirit of rock ‘n’ roll will be resurrected at the upcoming Clovis Music Festival. Artists slated to appear at the event which starts […]

Day trips: Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock

Freedom Newspapers Residents of eastern New Mexico are certainly proud of their areas ties to legendary singer Buddy Holly, whose work with the Norman Petty Studios are celebrated on a consistent basis. The Clovis studio certainly isn’t the only place to celebrate the rocker, however, and the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock is getting set […]

Clovis Music Festival revives after five years

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Norman Petty Trio member Georgiana Hagen, right, sings as Mike Mitchell plays the drums. The two were reunited at the Thursday kick-off party for the 2005 Clovis Music Festival at the Norman Petty Studio. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The return of the Clovis Music Festival summoned the spirit of […]

Pop Echols important cog of Clovis music scene

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columinist Editor’s note: As told by Odis Echols Jr. to Don McAlavy on Sept. 4, 1998. In late 1953 my father, Odis “Pop” Echols bought the KCLV radio station in Clovis. To make ends meet, we put together shows from Clovis and went on the road to places such as Muleshoe, […]

Friends of Buddy Holly singing at music festival

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Gary and Ramona Tollett, who were friends of Buddy Holly, will return to Clovis to sing in the 2005 Clovis Music Festival. They will sing backup vocals in a rendition of “That’ll be the Day.” (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers At a pharmacy in Lubbock, Texas, a mutual friend introduced musician […]