Jazz Musician, Composer, Producer and Educator
Johnny Ray Watson
Evangelistic Gospel Singer
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre
1501 Mac Davis Lane
"The West Texas Walk of Fame" began as a tribute to Rock and Roll legend Buddy Holly in the late 70's. Larry Corbin and Jerry Coleman were in Nashville visiting their singer/songwriter friend Waylon Jennings. Waylon brought up the subject of recognizing Buddy Holly. This conversation culminated into a concept of honoring the growing list of famous artists and musicians who had come from West Texas.
As interest grew, Grant Speed was commissioned to create the "heroic" sized statue of Buddy Holly. In 1979, a concert was held to help pay for the statue, and a plaque was installed to honor the first inductee of the "Walk of Fame", Lubbock's own Buddy Holly. A second concert was held in 1980 and Littlefield's Waylon Jennings became the next inductee.
In 1983, Civic Lubbock, Inc. picked up the torch and mounted the dedication plaque and the induction plaques of Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings. They also nominated Mac Davis as the next inductee and developed criteria for future nominees.
“The West Texas Walk of Fame” honors those individuals/groups with a strong connection to Lubbock and the West Texas area who have devoted a significant part of their lives to the development and production of the performing and visual arts and whose body of work has been influential nationally in one of more of these areas. The West Texas area, for the purposes of this program, is generally interpreted as a 150-mile radius of Lubbock.
From its early beginning until today, many singer/songwriters, musicians, visual artists, actors, poets, producers, and entertainers have been honored in "The West Texas Walk of Fame."
Inductees are selected for nomination by the Walk of Fame Committee of Civic Lubbock, Inc. and the nominations are submitted to the Civic Lubbock, Inc. Board for approval.
Inductees must have devoted a significant part of their lives to the development and production of the performing and visual arts and their body of work has been influential nationally in one or more of these areas.
In addition, inductees must have a significant connection to Lubbock or the West Texas area which is defined as follows: inductees must have been born in or spent their formative or creative years in Lubbock or the West Texas area (generally interpreted as a 150-mile radius of Lubbock).
The dates of the inductions are at the discretion of the Civic Lubbock, Inc. Board and subject to the availability of the inductees. Unless an inductee is being recognized posthumously, all inductees must agree to be present for the formal induction ceremony.
While the Walk of Fame Committee maintains a database with biographical information and the accomplishments of potential candidates, they welcome suggestions by the public. To offer a suggestion, please send a letter along with the suggested person’s biographical information, including accomplishments in the performing and/or visual arts to: West Texas Walk of Fame, 1501 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX 79401.
"The West Texas Walk of Fame" is located on the corner of 19th Street and Crickets Avenue in the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza across from the Buddy Holly Center.