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Norman Petty Recording Studio

& The Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum

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Norman Petty Recording Studio

Musical greats such as Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly helped put Clovis on the rock and roll map, creating the “Clovis Sound” at the Norman Petty Studios.

Visitors to the Norman and Vi Petty Museum and the Norman Petty Studios can see equipment used by Buddy Holly and The Fireballs, such as the large dangling microphones, the original control board, clocks on the walls, original Coke machine and authentic 1950s furnishings. The curators have worked hard to keep the studio as it was so musical enthusiasts can take a step back in time to the grand old days of rock and roll.

Norman Petty was a musical genius who, with his wife Vi and guitarist Jack Vaughn, formed a successful musical group of their own in the 1950s called the Norman Petty Trio. The Trio became one of America’s top vocal and instrumental groups, and with songs like “Mood Indigo,” soared onto the pages of musical history.

Petty’s golden ears helped dozens of popular country, rock and pop musicians who recorded at the Norman Petty Studios: Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Roy Orbison, Buddy Knox, Waylon Jennings, Sonny West, Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, Charlie Phillips, Jimmy Bowen, Johnny Duncan, Carolyn Hester, Chita Rivera and many others. Relive the Norman Petty legacy with a tour of the studio to hear original music recordings that take you back to the 1950s when it all happened.

The Norman Petty Studio is located at 1313 W. 7th Street.

Studio tours are available by appointment only.

Please call the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce at (575) 763-3435 about information on scheduling a tour.

The Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum

The Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum is now OPEN with Covid-safe practices in place such as social distancing and capacity restrictions. Masks that cover the nose and mouth are required to enter.

With a rich musical heritage, Clovis is home to two remarkable citizens – Norman and Vi Petty, whose legacy is carried forth at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum.

The museum is located in the Clovis Business Enterprise Center, which is also home to the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, at 105 E. Grand Ave. It is designed to give visitors a glimpse into the Norman Petty Studios on Seventh Street, where musicians such as Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox, Roy Orbison and other early rock and roll greats recorded some of their hits.

The construction of the museum also is unique. It encompasses a re-creation of two of the studio’s rooms, as well as diner booths and lots of neon. A central attraction is the oversized 1950s Fender Stratocaster – the guitar that Buddy Holly made popular. It hangs over the entrance.

Since the museum opened in 2008, visitors from around the world have made the music pilgrimage to visit the Seventh Street Studios and the Rock & Roll Museum.

Museum Jukebox
Photo of the inside of the Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum in Clovis, New Mexico

Norman and Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum
105 E. Grand Avenue
Clovis, NM  88101
(575) 763-3435

Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (Closed most holidays)
Admission: $6 per person


**PLEASE NOTE**  The Norman & Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum may be closed for maintenance or events at any given time. Please call (575) 763-3435 to make sure the museum is available for viewing before your arrival. Thank you!