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Remembering Buddy Holly: Our Top Five Places Commemorating the Lubbock Legend

Buddy Holly Statue
Julie Fisher

Arguably Lubbock's most famous citizen that ever lived, Buddy Holly, would have turned seventy-five this week. Although his life was short, his impact on the musical community has lasted a lifetime. The early rock 'n roll artist has inspired millions over the decades, including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and the Beatles themselves. In honor of his 75th birthday, we've compiled a list of the best places in Lubbock to celebrate the life of the music legend.

 
Arguably Lubbock's most famous citizen that ever lived, Buddy Holly, would have turned seventy-five this week. In honor of his 75th birthday, we've compiled a list of the best places in Lubbock to celebrate the life of the music legend.

Julie Fisher

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Buddy's Grave

 

 
We figure the best way to celebrate the life of an individual is to get the death part out of the way. That's why visiting Buddy's grave is the first thing we suggest doing during your homage to the Lubbock rocker. Buddy was laid to rest February 7, 1959, in the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Here you'll find Buddy's humble headstone, engraved with a guitar and often decorated with items left by adoring fans. Many make the visit to the Lubbock Cemetery each year to pay their respects to Buddy. When we went to photograph the grave, a couple from London was there, something that's not surprising. Buddy's success in London has sometimes been compared to the Beatles success here in the States.

 

Julie Fisher

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Buddy's Childhood Home

 

 
Next on our list of places to visit in rememberance of Buddy Holly is his child-hood home. You'll find the humble home nestled between large oak trees at 1606 39th street. Holly lived here with his Father Lawrence , Mother Ella, and older brothers Travis and Larry. Here at this very spot is where Buddy began developing his legendary musical talent. His brothers taught him how to play various instruments while living here. He also participated in the Choir at nearby Hutchinson Junior High. Holly went on to attend Lubbock High School, where he continued his participation in choir. Both schools have murals honoring the famous alumnus.

 

Julie Fisher

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The Buddy Holly Museum

 

 
The next stop on your journey is not just a landmark, it's an entire display of all things Buddy. The Buddy Holly Center contains a plethora of Holly memorabilia. The museum features pieces owned by the City of Lubbock as well as items there on loan. Some key items featured include Buddy's Fender Stratocaster, a songbook used by Holly and his band the Crickets, recording contracts, Holly's report cards and of course, Holly's famous horn-rimmed glasses. The Buddy Holly Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.
 

Julie Fisher

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The Buddy Holly Walk of Fame

 

 
Just a short walk away from the Buddy Holly Center is the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza. The plaza features two Buddy Holly landmarks, the Walk of Fame and the famous statue of Buddy himself. The sculpture was made in 1980 by Grant Speed, and features Buddy playing his favorite Fender guitar. The walk of fame features plaques recognizing other famous and successful people from the Lubbock area. The statue and Walk of Fame was recently relocated to the Plaza located between Buddy Holly and Crickets Avenue.

 

Julie Fisher

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Buddy Holly Avenue

 

 
Our final place on our list of places in Lubbock to remember Buddy Holly is the street that bears his name. Buddy Holly Avenue features some of Lubbock's most famous hot-spots including the Cactus Theater, La Diosa Cellars, and Triple J's Chophouse and Brew Co. Live music and good times can always be found during weekends in the Depot District. In a way, Buddy Holly Avenue is the best Lubbock monument to the late rocker. It represents the music and heart that Buddy exemplified, and keeps his spirit alive daily (and nightly) in the songs and laughter of hundreds of Lubbockites.

 

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