New effort to get Buddy Holly star in Hollywood - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/27/10

New effort to get Buddy Holly star in Hollywood

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – There's already a museum dedicated to him, and a statue honoring his induction to the West Texas Walk of Fame; but Lubbock's very own music star Buddy Holly doesn't have a star of his own in Hollywood.

A new effort started by Kevin Magowan on Facebook is trying to change that by nominating Buddy Holly to get a star in Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Nominations are submitted to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and then a special board decides who gets one. At the end of May Magowan will give the board the number of Facebook group members along with letters he's received from other famous performers in support of Buddy getting inducted.

The board will then decide in June who gets the star, but each year only one is given to an entertainer posthumously.

Buddy's widow Maria Elena Holly said it's about time he gets his star. "Buddy has never faded away, and I think it's wonderful that they're doing this.  There are a lot of people involved so I'm very happy," she said.

Other Buddy Holly fans feel the same way. "He's one of the greatest entertainers that's has ever lived," said fan Larry Bowden. His family was visiting Lubbock and decided to stop by the Buddy Holly Center to check out the legend. "If anybody comes and reads his life story they would understand it should have been done a long time ago," said Karen Bowden.

Buddy Holly fan Jerry Moreau lives in Quebec, and traveled to Lubbock ten years ago to see the museum when it first opened. Moreau said he had to come back to see the displays again. "He is one of the best, just as good as the Beetles or Rolling Stones or Presley," said Moreau. He said the star should have been there a long time ago.  

Out of the first ten musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Buddy is the only one who doesn't have a star yet. Compared to the others like Elvis, Buddy's musical career only lasted 18 months before he died in a plane crash. "For that little bit of input, that he's being considered for this I think is just a tremendous honor,  it would just be the cherry on the top of the ice cream," said Buddy Holly Center Curator Jacqueline Bober.

In order to nominate Buddy for the star a $25,000 fee is required to purchase the star. Magowan said those funds are already secured, and the fee is split equally three ways by Universal Studios and two other music production companies.  

If chosen, Buddy will be inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year when he would have turned 75. (CLICK HERE) to see the Facebook page. 

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