Interview: The Crickets come home for a special event

Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 9/06/2013 11:48 am

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The childhood home of J.I. Allison has been refurbished and made part of the Buddy Holly Center. The ribbon cutting this weekend, which also marks Holly's 77th birthday, brings the Crickets back together.

FOX 34's James Eppler spoke with Allison, Sonny Curtis, and Joe B. Mauldin. Click the linked video to watch the interview.

Allison says they wrote several big hits in the house. It was actually a John Wayne movie that influenced one of their top songs.

"We all went to see that movie," Allison said. "And Buddy said 'we outta write a song'. I said 'that'll be the day', trying to sound like John Wayne." Allison says Buddy replied singing the line "that'll be the day".

Curtis remembers some of their influences in Lubbock back in the 50s. "When Elvis came through town it really turned our heads around, especially Buddy, because he loved Elvis Presley," Curtis said.

Click here - for more on the Buddy Holly Center's schedule and other events in Lubbock this weekend.
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