Labor bill will be tough sell

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer A bill that would help farm and ranch laborers injured at work has gotten a lukewarm reception in the Legislature, and local lawmakers predict it has too many hiccups to pass. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and others said a bill that would amend the Workers’ Compensation Act to include […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Musicians get nod for induction

Small, black vinyl records cover the walls of the Norman Petty Studios, a testament to the musicians who recorded at the Seventh Street studio under the tutelage of Petty. The Clovis music producer and several of the musicians he worked with in the 1950s will be inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame. […]

Music festival draws 1,000-plus

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Music Festival was a weekend filled with rock ‘n’ roll and reminiscing. The event honored musicians from the 1950s who had ties to the Norman Petty Studios. Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Liz Eisenbraun said the festival drew more than 1,000 fans from around the […]

Petty cured: Seventh-Street studio top attraction for music lovers

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Paul Diffin of San Diego, Calif., looks at the instrument panel Thursday during a tour of Norman Petty’s recording studio on Seventh Street.Tours of the studio are part of the three-day Clovis Music Festival. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) BY Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer England native Paul Diffin called the Seventh-Street studio where Norman Petty […]

Oldtime(rs) rock ‘n’ roll

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Jimmy Torres, front and Richard Stephens practice with the rest of the String-A-Longs at the Clovis Civic Center. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer After 42 years apart, the String-A-Longs have reunited to perform at the Clovis Music Festival. The group will perform tonight during the opening night festivities. Performances […]

Local landmarks show individual pride

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksA mule statue has been a part of Muleshoe for more than 41 years, dating back to its July 4, 1965, dedication. Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense […]

Petty, Clella

Clella Petty, 71, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at her home. Born June 20, 1934, in Clovis to A.C. and Bess Hays, she lived in Clovis all her life. She married Charles F. Petty on Dec. 24, 1950, in Clovis. She worked for many years at Queens & Teens. She was active in […]

Christmas tunes yield tales of 1950s studio

By Don McAlavy: Curry County historian The story is told that a New Mexico blizzard made its appearance during the two days (actually nights) when two songs by Jimmy Self were recorded by Norman Petty. It was said that the recording studio was so cold the musicians had to wear coats during the sessions. Perhaps […]

Clovis officials interested in Petty studio

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Various recording artists including Tommy Allsup, Aubrey Decordova, Charlie Phillips, Richard Stephens, and Gary and Romona Tollett talk with director Shawn Nagy during a filming session August 2002 at Norman Petty Studios. (File photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is to seek $750,000 in capital outlay funds for tourism development, […]

DeFoor, Clyde L.

Retired barber Clyde L. DeFoor, 72, of Clovis died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 16, 1933, in Clovis to John “Pop” and Daisy Loving DeFoor. He married Wanda Lois Banister on Sept. 9, 1951, in Clovis. In 1952, he joined the Navy and became a 3rd class […]

Music fest trip back in time

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Sonny West co-wrote the rock ‘n’ roll classics “Oh Boy!” and “Rave On.” (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Buddy Holly fans know the 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper inspired the rock ‘n’ roll classic, “The Day the Music Died.” And, though the […]

Music festival begins

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Music Festival official T-shirts say “Rave On” and visitors have begun arriving in anticipation of having a “raving” good time. According to Ernie Kos, Chamber of Commerce executive director, the artists slated to perform during the event began arriving in Clovis Wednesday. “It is very exciting,” Kos […]

Pop Echols important cog of Clovis music scene

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columinist Editor’s note: As told by Odis Echols Jr. to Don McAlavy on Sept. 4, 1998. In late 1953 my father, Odis “Pop” Echols bought the KCLV radio station in Clovis. To make ends meet, we put together shows from Clovis and went on the road to places such as Muleshoe, […]

Two former members of Norman Petty Trio to meet again

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Next week’s Clovis Music Festival brings together two individuals who played significant roles in music history, not knowing their lives were linked. Mike Mitchell and Georgiana Hagen were members of the Norman Petty Trio in the 1950s, although not at the same time. They did not know they shared […]

Petty, Larry E.

Larry E. Petty  Services: Have been held. Larry E. Petty, 56, of Fort Sumner, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at his home. He was born on Jan. 26, 1949, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Gilbert E. and Oleta Marie Petty. He married Louise Prather on Aug. 20, 1970, in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He attended school […]

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 […]

One killed in Fort Sumner fire

CNJ staff An early-morning fire Tuesday just east of Fort Sumner took the life of one man and left a house in ruins. According to De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves, a fire broke out at 3 a.m. at the Larry Petty residence. The 56-year-old Fort Sumner man died at the scene, Graves said. Two […]

Kraus, Ora

Ora E. Kraus, 80, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at her home in Clovis. She was born on May 6, 1924, in Tatum to Fred and Ada Blackburn Petty. She was a resident of Clovis most of her life and graduated from Portales High School. She was co-owner of Clovis Furniture Store. She […]

Zias fall in LSC opener

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Tia Doss goes up for a layup in the first half of Monday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — West Texas A&M came out with a rush Monday night. The Lady Buffaloes used aggressive pressure defense to dominate the first 10 […]

Clovis resident wants city filled with music, again

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Jason Kidd, left, who produces mostly hip-hop and R & B music, has helped new recording artists “Shotime,” center and “K.P.” right, record under the Lost Sol Records label. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Jason Kidd said he fell in love with music as a child living in England. Kidd, […]