Texas Tech University

Lubbock's Embrace of Buddy Holly was Belated, but now the City's all in

Betsy Blaney

February 2, 2018

Texas Standard - The conservative city didn’t really get behind the legacy of its native son until 20 years after his death, when “The Buddy Holly Story” was released.

Holly's old classmate, Betty Dotts, says his hometown was slow to realize who they'd lost.

"Certainly he put Lubbock on the map, places all around the world," Dotts says. "And Lubbock, it took 'em a long time to finally step up and recognize, because that's really outstanding what he did. That doesn't happen every day."

It would be almost 20 years later, when the 1978 movie "The Buddy Holly Story" was released, before the city gradually began to publicly spotlight Holly's talents. These days, Holly has a street, a park with a bronze statue of him, a museum and a recreation area named after him. And the Crossroads of Music Archive at Texas Tech University houses the research of the late music historian Bill Griggs, inarguably the world's foremost authority on Holly. Griggs assembled a thorough accounting of Buddy Holly's life. Every day of it, in fact.

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