Visitor from England follow’s Holly’s footsteps

Some people can’t get enough of Buddy Holly.

Dave Slater is one of them.

The retired educator from England shared his thoughts on Holly and West Texas during a stop here last week.

Slater was headed to Whiteface to attend and perform in the second annual Waylon Jennings Fest.
But that was after he cut a CD in Nashville, Tn., toured the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, N.M., and visited Holly’s hometown.

This was not his first trip to West Texas.

His reason for coming here remains the same: a passion for the music of Holly.

Slater recalled dancing to the music of Holly, Chuck Berry and others as a teenager in the late 1950s.

‘We used to go down to youth clubs on Friday nights to rock ën’ roll,’ he said. ‘We’d dance a lot, two or three hours.’

English teenagers liked Elvis Presley but many of them gravitated more toward the music of Holly, Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran.

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