Music is a huge part of Lubbock's history and 2024 marks the 65th anniversary of the Day the Music Died. To honor those big names that lost their lives that day the City of Lubbock has a way to learn more.

History Lesson

For those unfamiliar with the subject, The Day the Music Died happened on February 3, 1959 and is when a plane flown by Roger Peterson crashed. On that flight were the very talented musicians Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and Lubbock native Buddy Holly.


The City of Lubbock will have trolley tours on February 3, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that will allow people to travel to various locations involving Buddy Holly. That includes Lubbock High School, the Fair Park Coliseum, KDAV radio station, and the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Buddy Holly's gravesite is located at the Lubbock Cemetery where visiting musicians from around the world will leave a guitar pick, pennies, or any thing else a respectful tribute to Buddy Holly.

On this 65th anniversary the J.I. Allison House, the home where Buddy Holly and drummer of "The Crickets" J.I. Allison wrote various songs, will be open for guests to view from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. There will also be an in-depth gallery tour at 2 p.m., screenings of the documentary "The Buddy I Knew" by Larry Holley, and music bingo from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..

This is a family friendly event filled with lots of activities, including kid activities, to honor the lives of very talented and memorable men. Admission will be free to all events except the trolley tours, which will be $10, and spots can be reserved for the tours by calling (806)775-3560 or (806)775-3562. More information about this event can be found online or on social media.

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