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Address: 1313 West 7th St., Clovis, NM
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Amazing place

Kenneth broad does a great job with this historic location. I believe you have to call him beforehand for a tour. Well worth seeing

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Clovis, New Mexico
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Clovis, New Mexico
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Kenneth broad does a great job with this historic location. I believe you have to call him beforehand for a tour. Well worth seeing

Thank Bmcdanielb
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49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This place is a hidden jewel in Clovis. The museum is in the basement of the building. The life story of the Pettys is amazing. The room is filled with memorabilia. We spent an hour there but I could have stayed longer. There is a small entrance fee and the museum opens at 8 am. If you have extra time... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My husband and I visited the Norman Petty Studio when driving through New Mexico on a Route 66 Adventure (a detour off Route 66, but worth it). We were not disappointed -- what a treasure! This could really be in the Smithsonian. A few weeks in advance, we pre-arranged a 1:1 tour with Ken, a close friend of the late... More 

1 Thank AnneLRooney
Manitou Springs, Colorado
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

What can you say about the place where all of the magic happened? Buddy Knox, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Charlie "Sugartime" Phillips, Buddy Holly, the Crickets, the Fireballs and the Roses all launched their careers from this little studio in the middle of nowhere. Without going into too much detail, if you are destined for Clovis, New Mexico, this should... More 

2 Thank Cy C
London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The place where the first great music I ever heard was made. The host Reverend Kenneth Broad was charming and very well informed. It is amazing to see how Norman Petty provided a home from home for stars like Buddy Holly and The Crickets, not just charging them by the hour by allowing them time and space to develop their... More 

1 Thank julianmoseley
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The Norm Petty Studios are a national treasure. They are a must see for classic rock n roll fans. I felt like I was stepping back in time. Everything seems to have been left as it was over 50 years ago... . Visitors should call to book about a week in advance of their planned visit date. Also, since the... More 

1 Thank IloveLubbock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I grew up in Clovis, used to see Norm Petty around town in the 70's. The studio is interesting, but other than that, Clovis is so lacking in interesting things to do. It is very boring. If not for this recording studio, people from Europe would not be flocking here. And yes, Buddy Holly was a great artist. But one... More 

Thank Virginia P
Solna, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

I have written about this studio in the review from Norma & Vi Pettys Rock'n'roll Museum. You had to go to both and get the true Buddy Holly story. Mot even mentioned in the movie Buddy Holly story. They are minutes away from each other.

Thank SMKennethL
Topeka, Kansas, United States
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51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The original 7th street studio is still in its original mid-century condition with all of the original equipment operational. The people who provide the historic discussions / demonstrations of the studio know their stuff. It is too cool to miss!

Thank Don T
Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

One year today Ken since I visited this iconic studio, the image of which had lived in my mind's eye for some fifty five years before the dream became reality. To many of my generation, Buddy was simply the greatest of them all, and to follow in his footsteps in this priceless building was an overwhelming experience. His music provided... More 

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