Friday, August 28, 2015 : Lubbock, Buddy Holly Center


We are getting more familiar with the Camaro. Today, we drive without the hood all day long, and tonight, sunburn will be taking its toll on me. We also discovered the head-up display, like moderns fighter jets.

 

After a long stretch of highway, we make a stop in Lubbock, TX, to visit the Buddy Holly Center. it's been a little forgotten today, but at the end of the 1950s, Buddy Holly was on par with Elvis, with much added creativity. Without Buddy Holly, there would have been no Beatles and no Stones. He also was the first artist to get a total control of his music, writing, recording and live performance.


Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX

Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, TX

 

The Buddy Holly Center is located at the corner of the Crickets Avenue, named after his former band. At the entrance, visitors are welcomed by a pair of thick glasses, which he wore permanently. Grim detail, the glasses that Buddy had during the February 3, 1959 fatal plane crash, have been retrieved in the wreckage and are shown in the museum.

 

Buddy Holly Gravesite, Lubbock, TX

Buddy Holly gravesite, Lubbock, TX

 

We then visit the local cemetery, where we easily find Buddy's grave. It is the local attraction, clearly indicated by signs.

 

We then hit the road again, to Fort Sumner, NM. We have now left Texas and crossed into New Mexico. But we make it too late to visit the museum dedicated to Billy the Kid, the famous outlaw who died at 22.

 

And tomorrow, we have another long day, to Taos, NM.