Fans Remember Buddy Holly on 50th Anniversary - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/2/09

Fans Remember Buddy Holly on 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago Monday, Buddy Holly performed for the last time at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that claimed the lives of three rock and roll legends, Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson, the "Big Bopper".

Buddy Holly's grave was a popular location Monday for people coming from all over to pay their respects.

Greg Flakus, Bureau Chief for Voice of America in Houston drove over eight hours to put together a story, remembering the life of Holly. "John Lennon said to one of the original members of the Crickets that if it hadn't been for Buddy Holly and the Crickets there wouldn't have been a Beatles," said Flakus.

Jim Royse came all the way from San Francisco to see Holly's grave and remembered the first time he heard the rock and roll legend. "It would have been when his first big hit That Will be the Day came out which was the summer of '57 and I remember hearing that song a lot," said Royse. 

The Buddy Holly Center on 19th and Crickets Avenue will have free admission all day Tuesday for the anniversary of his death. The doors open at 8:30 and will close at 7:30 pm.

Click here to learn more about this week's exhibits and events at the Buddy Holly Center.

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