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Remembering Buddy Holly, 54 years later

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Fans flocked to the Buddy Holly Center Sunday to pay their respects to a local legend. Some traveled from as far away as Japan to commemorate the 54th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death.

Organizers helped with a special guided tour, a new exhibit opened in the fine arts gallery, and artists were on hand to talk about their work.

Education Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Howe said, "Buddy Holy revolutionized music, particularly in the 50's. He was so important to our music history and Lubbock's history. I think it's important to recognize that there was this man who made so many changes to the music industry."

Holly died in a plane crash on February 3rd, 1959.

He was only 22 years old.

The tragic plane crash also took the lives of legendary musicians Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson.

The Buddy Holly Center has launched a new campaign to help visitors give back and help preserve the legacy.

Cactus Theatre Manager Don Caldwell says, "We're going to start the campaign to raise money to complete the renovation of the Allison House. We're selling bricks. Small bricks are just $100 dollars and a large brick is $500 dollars. That funding will go directly to pay for the Allison House completion."

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