Just some thoughts:
Nashville has it famous RCA recording studios where some of the most famous music of all time has been recorded. In Memphis they have Sun studios where Sam Phillips made famous such names as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. In Muscle Shoals, Alabama they have the famous Fame studios where some of the greatest soul sounds have been recorded. Having visited all three of the previous mentioned recording studios this past June I made it a point to stop in Clovis, New Mexico and visit the Norman Petty studios. I had always felt this studio to be equally important to the early rock-n'-roll sounds. Clovis, New Mexico is located about one hundred miles west of Lubbock, Texas on highway 60.
If you are ever in Clovis I highly recommend or even within a few hundred miles of there I recommend you stop and visit. On one of our travels this past June we made it a point to do so. It was well worth our time.
In this studio was recorded some of the greatest 1950s rock n' roll artist of the time. Legendary artist Buddy Holly made his way over from his home in Lubbock to do his first recording there. Roy Orbison recorded there as did Buddy Knox. Bobby Vee, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Duncan, Sonny West and a group I always liked, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs also recorded there.(Who would think that this past summer here in Nasvhille I would be in a foursome playing golf with Jimmy Gilmer) There definitely is what one would call the "Clovis sound" in the music recorded at Petty's studio.
My wife and I spent a good portion of one morning just walking thru the local museum that is there just off Main street. The locals have done an excellent job in trying to present to the public the history of Norman Petty, his recording museum and the many talented folks who once graced the recording mikes at this studio.
The Clovis version of "That'll Be the Day" was recorded on February 24, 1957. It was a cold Sunday evening, the temperature hovering around thirty degrees, when Buddy and his entourage set out for Clovis in two cars. Most of them held down jobs and hadn't been able to leave until after work. In Buddy's car, he frantically put the finishing touches on "I'm Lookin' for Someone to Love," which was the A-side to be recorded that night."
Ellis Amburn--Buddy Holly--A Biography
June 15, 2017
Larry Adamson was raised in Indiana. After teaching and coaching for several years he worked as Director of Championships at the United States Golf Association in NJ. He's retired, living just outside Nashville,TN. He blogs about his favorite things: sports, music, old cars, and the good ole days. Click on the about page for more information.