Lubbock celebrates Buddy Holly's birthday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock celebrates Buddy Holly's birthday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Buddy Holly would have been 76 on Friday, and the Buddy Holly Center conducted a full slate of special events in honor of his birth.

Admission was free all day and hours were extended until 9 p.m. Those who showed up at six were serenaded by Dustin Garrett and treated to cupcakes and punch. There was also a special tour given by curator Jacqueline Bober.

Bober said Buddy Holly's influence is still felt in Lubbock today.

"All of these years after his passing, people still come to Lubbock to be in the place where Buddy was born and raised, to visit sites where he performed or went to school," she said.

Her favorite thing about her job is opening people's eyes to the person that Buddy Holly was before he became famous.

"When people think of Buddy Holly, they think of the glasses and the guitar, but they may be surprised to see things like the crayons he drew with, the marbles that he played with, the drawings that he did as a child. Buddy was just a kid before he was anything else. He was just a normal boy who loved normal boy things," she said.

Jacqueline also credits Buddy with making Rock 'n Roll a possibility for every kind of person.

"Rock and Roll really caught everyone's attention with Elvis. There was a time when those up and coming rock 'n roll wannabe looked at him and thought, 'Oh, you have to be tall dark and handsome and have a certain swag.' And then Buddy Holly comes around and you know rock 'n roll's for everyone."

He gained worldwide fame for songs like "Peggy Sue," and "That'll Be the Day," but people here will always remember him as a local hero.

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