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Nationally respected Holly historian Bill Griggs dies

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Nationally-known historian William "Bill" Griggs of Lubbock died late Tuesday.  Griggs was best known for his tireless work to preserve the memory of rock-and-roll legend Buddy Holly.

Griggs moved to Lubbock in 1981 specifically for the purpose of studying Holly's life and music.  Griggs was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock on July 30th of last year.  

"He was the world's foremost expert on the life and times of Charles Hardin Holley [better known as Buddy Holly]," said City Councilman Paul R Beane.   "He was a gentle man who loved Buddy Holly." 

"I think Bill, as much as anybody else, kept Buddy Holly's legacy alive.  Lubbock owes Bill a debt of gratitude," Beane said Tuesday night.

Griggs died after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 69.

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