Lubbock’s Living Legends – ‘Landon’s Top 5′
Lubbock is home to more than just Buddy Holly. Although Buddy is certainly the most recognizable worldwide, many other talented (and living) individuals call the Hub City home!
Here are my five ‘Lubbock Living Legends‘…in no particular order:
Lew Dee was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Reese Air Force Base. He started his broadcasting career with R.B. “Mac” McAlister in the sales department at KUKO and KUCO in Littlefield and Post in 1960. He went on the air for the first time on Littlefield’s KZZN radio that same year. In the late 1960s, he starred in a KSEL-TV show called “Lew Dee’s Saturday Night Theater,” hosting horror movies while he and fellow KSEL broadcasters were dressed in monster costumes. The show won a national award for most-viewed program on a UHF station. He was also vice president and sales manager for KSEL-TV and KSEL radio.
His most successful radio show was “The TTO,” a 1960s KSEL show starring Dee and on-air partner Bill McAlister, Mac McAlister’s son. The show boasted listenership of 62 percent of the Lubbock audience. Dee worked on the air and in sales for KSEL radio and television until 1972, followed by positions at KEND radio from 1972 to 1988 and KKIK from 1988 to 1990 before he and Diana went to 98 KOOL in 1991. He is currently employed as a marketing adviser at Ramar Communications in Lubbock.
The guy is a legend. It’s that simple.
I’ve always been saddened that more young (and old) people in Lubbock don’t realize the significance of this incredible singer-songwriter. The dude has been on stage with SPRINGSTEEN! He sang with The Clash…and brought them along when he returned to Lubbock from his performance in London! Robert Redford even tapped him to write the soundtrack for the movie, ‘The Horse Whisperer‘.
Do yourself a favor and catch his next show at the Cactus Theater. I PROMISE you’ll be blown away…especially if he brings along his buddy Joel Guzman.
Here’s Joe performing one of his classic with ‘The Boss':