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 […]

Music festival becoming international attraction

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Music lovers will be traveling thousands of miles to attend the upcoming Clovis Music Festival. Tickets for the Sept. 8-10 event have been purchased by fans from as far away as The Netherlands and England, according to the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. John Beecher of Gloucestershire, England, is […]

Crickets joining Clovis Music Festival

CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Clovis announced Tuesday that Buddy Holly’s backup group, The Crickets, is joining the lineup for September’s Clovis Music Festival. It has been close to 20 years since The Crickets have played in Clovis, according to officials. The band will perform on Sept. 9 at Marshall Junior High. Sonny […]