"Clowning around, came back to the house, put music and words and lyrics to it, and became that will be the day, which is the number one hit I guess that they've had, so it started them off," said Art Cuevas. The house is where Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison wrote the song "That Will Be The Day".
Cuevas is the leader of the restoration project. He said the move went very smoothly Sunday morning. "It was just really nice, it was really exciting to see all this movement, and it was safely done too by the way," said Cuevas.
"The crickets, and Buddy Holly, and the Center, and it's just a way to bring all of it together, the museum has just been phenomenal, there's a lot of history in it, and the house has a lot of history too," said Cuevas. He was attracted to the project because of wanting to preserve a house from the 1930's to 1950's. His goal is for the house to not only highlight the musical history, but the structural history of the time.
"Then I found out it was Allison's house, and being a home builder, I just felt we needed to do something to preserve of Overton south, the families that lived there," said Cuevas.
Cuevas received a letter from a man in England who has followed the project, who wanted to say thank you to Cuevas for his work. "He said he would love to be able to come, it's one of his goals to come all the way from england to lubbock texas and to see the center the museum, and also the J.I. Allison house," said Cuevas.
The house is meant to celebrate the role Allison played in music."We just felt great because he is a part of Lubbock, he is a part of the Crickets, and of Buddy Holly, and to honor him in this way is just a small way of paying him back for what he's done for us," said Cuevas.
Cuevas hopes the home will be open by September 27th.