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, […]