I'm interested in reading more about the Norman Petty Studio. Sun Studio has gotten a lot of coverage through the years (and deservedly so), but some great music was produced in that little studio on 7th Street in Clovis. Buddy Holly, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, Carolyn Hester, Waylon Jennings, Buddy Knox, Bobby Vee, The String-a-longs, all recorded there.
On a side note, I came across a name, Werly Fairburn, an early rockabilly performer who used to perform on Louisiana Hayride. Anyone familiar with this guy? I've heard one track of his, "Telephone Baby."
"This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
I checked out those links. Didn't know that Fairburn sang what I always considered a Jim Reeves tune, "I Guess I'm Crazy."
Next time I'm up visiting friends in Amarillo, I'll have to take a little side trip and do the tour at the studio. I've driven by it, but didn't know they had tours. I think when I saw it last, back in the late '80s, they were still doing session work there. I'm slightly biased, but I think there are very few areas in the United States that developed more musical artists (per capita) than the Panhandle and the South Plains.
I think it's ironic that they are music aficionados in Europe that can tell you all about the music that came out of the Norman Petty Studio, yet my grandfather, who raised cotton 60 miles east of Clovis, had no idea what was going on just across the Texas - New Mexico state line, nor would he have cared even if he knew!