Buddy Holly Center

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Whether you’re here for the wine,
art or music, discovering the story and
talent of Buddy Holly at the Center is a
Lubbock attraction you can’t miss.


Lubbock’s favorite son—Buddy Holly—was a pioneer of the rock ‘n’ roll scene, and influenced some of the greatest artists of all time. In his honor, loving family, friends and loyal fans have shared Buddy Holly memorabilia creating the world famous Buddy Holly Center, a favorite among the Lubbock attractions.

Buddy Holly is a rock ‘n’ roll icon whose talent and sound influenced other rock greats like The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Don McLean, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

Holly may be Lubbock’s original rock legend, but the “Hub City’s” tradition of creating fantastic musicians continues today, and the center has grown to welcome these rising stars.


Throughout the years, hundreds of influential artists, musicians and entertainers have called West Texas home, often launching careers that influenced the world. Even though they may have left the nest, they never lose touch with their West Texas roots. To honor these artists’ accomplishments, Lubbock established the West Texas Walk of Fame, and the organization has already given tribute to more than 60 significant West Texans.

The West Texas Walk of Fame is a series of plaques surrounding a memorial statue for Buddy Holly nestled among beautiful greenery. Each of these plaques represents a significant member of the art and music industry whose roots hail from the West Texas area.

The idea for the West Texas Walk of Fame was sparked in the late 1970’s during a conversation between Larry Corbin, Jerry Coleman and Waylon Jennings. These three were in Nashville and talking about a way to honor the late and great Buddy Holly. The idea quickly gained traction and developed into something even greater: a way to recognize the many artists and musicians that came from West Texas.

Grant Speed was commissioned to create the life-size statue of Buddy Holly, and a concert was held in 1970 to help pay for the statue and the plaque placed around the base to honor the first inductee. In 1980, another concert was held, and Littlefield’s Waylon Jennings became the second inductee to the West Texas Walk of Fame. Three years later, in 1983, Civic Lubbock, Inc. was put in charge, and they inducted Mac Davis, and established criteria for future nominees.

Since then, 60 artists have been inducted and that number continues to grow each year with new talent constantly emerging from West Texas. The West Texas Walk of Fame is a can’t miss attraction for any music lover.

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