The late and great Tommy Allsup with Johnny Rogers in front of the
Buddy Holly Center in Buddy's home town LUBBOCK TX
| || Buddy Holly Center Presents The Day the Music Died, Feb. 3|
Provided by City of Lubbock
February 3, 2017 marks the 58th anniversary of the tragic plane crash
that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson,
"The Big Bopper", and pilot Roger Peterson.
This date has affectionately been coined as "The Day the Music Died",
after a lyric in the Don McLean song, "American Pie," that references
the deaths of these rock and roll legends. The Buddy Holly Center will
commemorate the anniversary with a day-long schedule of events.
We invite everyone to join us in remembering Lubbock's favorite son.
Special events include:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017
Buddy Holly Gallery: Free Admission 10:00am – 9:00pm
J.I. Allison House: Free Admission 10:30am – 3:30pm
First Friday Art Trail: Free Admission 6:00pm – 9:00pm
New Permanent Exhibit in partnership with
The Buddy Educational Foundation
The Buddy Holly Center is partnering with The Buddy Holly Educational
Foundation headquartered in London, England, to open a new
permanent exhibition in the Center's Foyer Gallery beginning on Friday,
February 3, 2017.
The exhibition will feature an exact replica of Buddy's Model J200
Gibson guitar signed by legendary performer Sir Paul McCartney, and
numerous framed certificates signed by the many Foundation musical
ambassadors who recognize Buddy Holly's inspirational musical
influence in the earlyyears of Rock and Roll.
The mission of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation is to honor
Buddy's legacy as well as to make Buddy and Maria Elena Holly's dream
of extending musical education, including songwriting, production,
arranging, orchestration, and performance, to new generations
regardless of income or ethnicity or learning levels.
We will empower a new generation to follow in Buddy's footsteps.
The Foundation will periodically lend additional items for the exhibition
from its extensive collection of artifacts. The Center will use this
opportunity to display other items from its collection, namely, Buddy's
bedroom furniture, acquired by the Center through the auspices of Civic
"The Music of Buddy Holly and The Crickets: The Definitive Story"
This 2005 90-minute documentary "…explores the brief life and career
of a young man from Texas whose music and performing style would
influence both Rock and Roll and Country music. Buddy Holly became
famous on the strength of his songwriting talent and his musical style,
but died in a tragic airplane accident that also took the life of Ritchie
Valens and The Big Bopper."
10:00am – 5:00pm
Shown in the Fine Arts Gallery on a continuous loop.
FREE TROLLEY TOURS – Weather permitting
Join Museum Curator, Jacqueline Bober, on a guided tour of Lubbock
landmarks that are significant to the life and career of Buddy Holly.
Cost: $5, purchase in the gift shop on the day of the tour.
Tour Times: 11:00am & 1:00pm
Seating is limited; patrons are encouraged to call and reserve their
seat by visiting the Gift Shop or calling (806)775-3562.
ORIGAMI CRICKETS, BUDDY HOLLY GLASSES &
AN INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO
Free, Hands-on activities for all ages
Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm & 6:00pm – 9:00pm
(during the First Friday Art Trail)
Each year, on the anniversary of Buddy's death, the Center staff places
a spray of yellow roses on Buddy's grave, located at the City of Lubbock
Cemetery at 31st Street and Teak Avenue.