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I cannot imagine that many people have heard of Clovis especially when compared to other tourist favourites such as Los Angeles, New York, Orlando or Las Vegas. And I have to say that from what I have seen there are few reasons to add this little town in New Mexico to a list of places to go to. The one reason for me is that this is where a man and wife owned a recording studio in the 1950s. They were Norman and Vi Petty and although they did have some success with their trio the studio earned its rightful place in Rock and Roll history as the place where Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded their hits (That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Rave On etc). Although the Norman and Vi are no longer with us the studio has been kept in much the same way as it was in the 50s when Buddy and the boys were making musical history. The mixing desk there now is not the one used for Buddy's recordings, but the monitors are and they sound great. The mic in the studio is also the one used by Buddy.
The studio is not open every day and it is run almost as a hobby by Ken Broad so you need to arrange an appointment with him prior to your arrival. Ken does a great job explaining the history of Petty, Holly and other artists that used the studio. The studio is not much bigger than a house with 4 main rooms, the reception area, the control room, the studio and a relaxation room. The latter being where the artists would relax during takes and even sleep when there for several days.
To arrange a tour of the studio you can contact Ken on +1 (505) 356 6422 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written Sep 11, 2005
Address: 1313 West 7th Street, Clovis
Phone: +1 (505) 356 6422
On the Llano Estacado where the Blackwater Draw is located, was a historical and archaeological location where paleo-hunters hunted mammoth, buffalo, bison, and other large grass grazers. The Site was a spring-fed drainage that later evolved into a small lake. Grass grew over four feet tall creating a sea of grass for the grazing animals that visited here thousands of years ago. Remains of at least 20 species of animals were found at this site. Clovis people came to hunt the animals and obtain the good tasting water. Temporary camps were located nearby as hunters prepared for the battles ahead. Trees and shrubs grew in the low areas near water holes and springs providing tools, food, and medicine. The Mammoth, horse, camel, saber-toothed cat, and many other species of animals died at the end of Clovis times during a short-term drought of 50-100 years. Later, during Folsom and later times, the lake provided fresh water because it was still fed by springs. In addition to hunting, it was a good place to meet others, share information, and trade goods. The American Bison continued to be the walking food supply for hundreds of people for thousands of years. You can still visit the famous spring-fed water hole at the Site, walk where they walked, and drink the same water they drank. You can see where they hunted and camped near the water and imagine what you would do if you were sent back in time.
Written Aug 31, 2005
Address: NM Hwy 467
While other regional artists (Roy Orbison, Roger Williams, and Buddy Knox to name a few) recorded here and became nationally-known, the Norman Petty Studios is best known for being the first to record Lubbock, Texas native Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The studios are well maintained thanks to funding provided by Paul McCartney who owns the rights to Holly's music. The studios are pretty much as they were when they were used in the 50s and 60s with a lot of the original recording equipment. Lots of old 45s and photos take their place on the studio walls are and are great browse for any fan of early rock and roll. Tours must be arranged for in advance by calling Ken Broad who lives in nearby Portales. He gives a great overview of the studios and living quarters in the back and provides details of Holly recording dates and who sang on what and where in the studio they stood. Really a great tour and it's free although they do have a donation box to help with the upkeep. Highly recommended!
Written Jul 17, 2005
Address: 1313 W 7th Street
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