Fans travel to Lubbock in honor of 'The Day the Music Died" - FOX34 Lubbock

Fans travel to Lubbock in honor of 'The Day the Music Died"

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

February 3rd marked the 59th anniversary of the "Day the Music Died", remembering the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and pilot, Roger Peterson. 

Jacqueline Bober with the Buddy Holly Center said it is a somber day.

"It gives us a moment to pause and remember Buddy and  the other musicians and the musical legacy that they left behind," Bober said.

Through a trolley tour, Bober took visitors on a ride through Buddy's past.

"I mean it's nice to go to a museum and see things related to a person maybe that were part of their life," Bober said.  "But to then put that persons story in context, and show maybe where they grew up, where they in Buddy's case, where he performed, where he spent some seminal moments in his life."

Bober said his humble beginnings led to his legacy. 

"It really brings home for many people his story and makes it more real too," Bober said. 

Fred Hurtado traveled from Willcox, Arizona. He has been a fan of Buddy since his adolescent years.

"I listened to Buddy holly when I was in 8th grade and over time came to understand his place in musical history," Hurtado said.

He said Buddy's "rockabilly" fusion of rock and country genres revolutionized the music industry.
"I think it's just something that appealed, the beat, the music, the difference between what was and what was coming," Hurtado said. "There's only been two times in rock n roll history where it's been revolutionized." 

Visiting from Carlsbad, New Mexico, Nina Martin and her niece Jade are die hard fans.

"I think he really broke the barriers," Martin said. "Paul McCartney, so many great artists recognize this, so i just love Buddy and I love being anything Buddy." 

Bober said she is not surprised when she sees fans of all ages and backgrounds.

"It speaks to the lasting influence of buddy, and his music that it permeates generations," Bober said. 

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