Reporter’s notebook: Chamber hosting music festival

Buddy Holly put Clovis on the musical map by recording several of his hit songs at the Norman Petty Studios on Seventh Street.

In a tribute to the Lubbock-born Holly and Norman Petty, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a music festival Sept. 8-10.

The 2005 Clovis Music Festival features a Sept. 9 performance by Buddy Holly tribute artist John Mueller.

“We take it back to the day when music was just fun,” said Mueller, a Buddy Holly look-alike who has toured the last three years with a group that reenacts what went on at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, on that fatal night in February 1959. It was the last performance by Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens before they were killed in a plane crash in what was labeled “the day the music died.”

Sonny West and Clovis’ own Fireballs are scheduled to perform Sept. 10.

A VIP reception Sept. 8 at the studio kicks off the festival.
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Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Leslie Radford. Suggested items may be mailed to managing editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: rick_white@link.freedom.com