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:
Jack Dale was the voice of everything Texas Tech sports for 50 years. Tech showed their appriciation by honoring Jack in several ways. As Jack wrote in his retirement letter in the A-J:
I really appreciate Texas Tech University for conferring an honorary doctorate degree on me during the spring graduation ceremony and naming the media center in the United Spirit Arena in my honor.
Thanks to the Texas Tech Athletics Department and the College of Mass Communications for dedicating academic scholarships in my name, and to the Alumni Association and the Red Raider Club for their help and recognition.
I personally owe a HUGE debt to Jack for giving me my very first job in radio. I produced 'JAck Dale's Sportsline' when I was just a teenager. I learned many things from Jack over the years. The main thing that I'll always remember: 'Spike Dykes in on the show tomorrow. Tuck your shirt in and sit up straight.'
Jack is still hosting 'Sportsline' to this day on 1340 KKAM. You can hear him every weekday morning from 7 to 9.
Without Don Caldwell, we wouldn't have seen great shows such as Three Dog Night, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Chubby Checker and Chuck Berry come to Lubbock!
Don is the owner of the Cactus Theater in the Depot District. The Cactus is one of the few establishments that keep the arts in the forefront of the Lubbock community. Don hosts weekly open mic nights, appears on-stage with his sax during most of the Cactus specialty shows and produces locally directed plays and musicals.
I have even been a cast member in several of his productions. I was a disc jockey in 'A. Leon'. I played a disc jockey again in 'Vietnam: 1969'. I once again honed my acting skills on-stage in 'The Nerd'. I played...a disc jockey. Thanks Don!
Jerry is not only a true West Texas legend, but he very well be the nicest guy I have ever met.
As a teenager in Lamesa, Jerry played in the 'Brownlow Family Band' with his brother Randy, Mother and Dad. In 1977 he became a member of the Maines Brothers Band playing fiddle and writing, in my opinion, their best song, ' Break the Fall'.
Jerry tells the story behind the song to KQBR.com:
It was 1981. Sitting on the bedroom floor with his legs propped up on the dresser, singer-songwriter Jerry Brownlow says the lyrics and music to “Break the Fall” came simultaneously. He was using a 12-string guitar with only 6 strings to create one of the biggest hits The Maines Brothers Band has had in its thirty year-plus career. Jerry took the song to the rest of the band and asked his brother Randy, who was playing keyboard at that time, if he could play along, and together with the rest of the band they put the classic together.
In just a few days time, they played at Coldwater Country, a popular club at that time at the Loop and University. The song started and people started dancing, then Jerry says, “they stopped dancing and looked toward the band and started applauding”. It took off across the legion of fans, with one Houston radio station referring to the song as “the greatest song never heard”. But the boys wanted the world to hear it, so it was a definite on their album, “Panhandle Dancer.” It’s been around 30 years and it’s still new.
Here's the song as recorded by the Maines Brothers:
Myself and Jerry at the Kool 98 studios:
Brownlow has since been inducted into the Walk of Fame in Lubbock and hosts a weekly gospel radio show on 99-Five the Bear.
Now, tell me YOUR top 5 Living Legends of Lubbock! Post your list below.