Norman Petty Recording Studio
& The Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum
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.
Petty Museum open Monday - Friday
105 East Grand Avenue Clovis, NM 88101
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.
The Norman and Vi Petty Rock & Roll Museum
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.
Norman and Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum
105 E. Grand Avenue
Clovis, NM 88101
Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (Closed most holidays)
Admission: $6 per person
Norman Petty Studio Tours are available by appointment only. Please call 575.763.3435 for more information.
**PLEASE NOTE** The Norman & Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum may be closed for private functions and special events at any given time. Please call (575) 763-3435 to make sure the museum is available for viewing before your arrival. Thank you!