True Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texas
Famous People from Lubbock
Lubbock County's most famous
people are from Lubbock, Idalou, New Deal, Shallowater,
Slaton or Wolfforth. They were born
here, raised here, or lived here. Their deeds and sometimes
misdeeds have caught the attention of major media,
noted historians and collectors worldwide. You may be
surprised to learn your favorite singer, songwriter, actor,
historian, author, football player, basketball player,
baseball player, golfer or boxer is from Lubbock County, Texas.
Boy Adams - singer and songwriter
"Jay Boy" Adams born December 8, 1949
as James Wallace Adams is a, songwriter, and . . .
Born and raised in Lubbock Texas, Jo Harvey Allen is an actress,
playwright, poet, and pioneer of women in radio. Allen has appeared
in numerous films including co-starring roles in True Stories,
Fried Green Tomatoes, and The Client . . .
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The last Indian raid in Texas began when Black Horse and his
renegade band of Comanche, camped in Yellow House Canyon in 1876 in
Lubbock County and murdered a hunter in Post. The running battle
that became known as "The Buffalo Hunter's War" was fought across
the South Plains with major incidents in Garza and Lubbock counties
and came to an end in Cochran County when Black Horse surrendered to
Buffalo Soldiers out of Abilene . . .
Bowman - singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host
A native of Lubbock, Texas, Bowman was born August 26, 1937, he was a
famous country music
songwriter, comedian and radio host . . .
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Betty Jo Crisler Carr was born September
29, 1926. After finishing high school at the age
of sixteen, Crisler traveled alone from California to Lubbock, Texas
to attend college. She was a preacher, a
teacher, an author, a missionary, a mother of five, and a leader of
the Girl Scouts of the USA. She was the first woman appointed . . .
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Born in Lubbock Texas December 6, 1936, Kenneth Max Copeland
is a popular author, musician, public speaker, and televangelist.
He was raised in West Texas near a United States Army Air Forces
airfield (Reese Air Base). . .
Born January 21, 1942 in Lubbock Texas as Morris Mac Davis, he
graduated at 16 from Lubbock High School. Davis became famous as a
singer, songwriter and actor, One of his top hits was "(Lubbock) Texas
In My Rear View Mirror" . . .
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Born September 21, 1927, she opened a
small dress shop that became a Lubbock icon. She served
as president of the American Business Women's
Association and received the Woman of the year award in
1965 . . . more about
Born May 21, 1947, Denton Fox was a football cornerback who
played college football for the Texas Tech Red
Raiders football team. He was inducted into the
Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was
inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of
Fame. . . . Read more
Born July 5, 1938, At seventeen, Garrett was a disc jockey
in Lubbock, Texas. "Snuff" is often still mentioned on the Lubbock
oldies station KDAV. He gained fame and fortune as a disk jockey,
record producer, singer and entrepreneur
more about Garrett
Born in Lubbock Texas August 28, 1939, Goodacre graduated
from Monterey High School. She began her sculpting career with
timid beginning of a six-inch study of her daughter Jill, Goodacre .
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Born July 19, 1896, He was also known as Curry Holden.
He was a noted historian,
archeologist, educator and author. In 1937 he became the first
director of the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas.
authored . . .
Born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock Texas in 1936
and attended Roscoe Wilson Elementary. From early childhood, he was
nicknamed "Buddy". A contract with Decca Records misspelled Holley's
last name as "Holly"; from then on, he was known as "Buddy Holly". .
Rick Husband is a graduate Texas Tech.
He was an astronaut and
traveled into space twice. He died on his second
mission when the Columbia disintegrated over Texas
during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.
Bobby Keys was born in Slaton Texas Lubbock County in
1943. Keys played with some of the biggest names in music including
The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley,
Ringo Starr, Warren Zevon, Joe Cocker, Joe Ely . . .
The Legendary Stardust Cowboy was born Norman Carl
Odam on September 5, 1947, in Lubbock, Texas. Took up music in his
high school years for popularity and impressing girls. Considered
one of the pioneers of the genre that came to be known as
psychobilly . . .
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Born September 15, 1954 in Lubbock, Brad is a film
and television actor best known for his role as Buddy Garrity in the
TV series Friday Night Lights. He has appeared in 20 feature films,
25 television shows and numerous theater performances . . .
Natalie Maines, born in Lubbock Texas October 14,
attended Williams Elementary School , was a cheerleader at O.L.
Slaton Junior High School and graduated from Lubbock High School.
Maines spent a year and a half at South Plains College in Levelland
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Marrs- author, reporter, editor and photographer and
Born in 1943 in Fort Worth, Marrs moved to Lubbock
Texas in the 60's and graduated from Texas Tech University. He is a
reporter, editor and photographer, journalist and book author . . .
Born in Lubbock, Texas Nov 4, 1940, Delbert relocated
with his family to Fort Worth when he was 11 years old. McClinton
has been a leading Americana artist since before the genre was
established . . .
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Born July 29, 1951 in Lubbock, Texas. He was
nicknamed Moon Man for his practical jokes. Minton enjoyed a 16-year
major league career and was a member of the 1982 National League
All-Star Team . . . more
Missouri September 20, 2004, he was raised in
Lubbock, Texas. Jeff had roles in many war films, including Kelly's
Heroes and in television westerns including Death Valley Days and
the hit TV series Bonanza . . .
The Christian rock singer grew up in Lubbock Texas
and attended Haynes Elementary School, Mackenzie Junior High, Evans
Middle School, Matthews Junior High and Lubbock High and graduated
from Coronado High School . . .
more about Orta
Born July 28, 1952 as Glenn Irwin Pinnell in
Andrews, Texas, Pennell grew up in Lubbock and College
Station. He was an independent filmmaker best known for The
Whole Shootin' Match which won seven Awards and inspired
Robert Redford to start Sundance.
Powell was a linebacker for the Miami
Dolphins from 1969 to 1973. He played in three Super
Bowls. After retiring from football, Powell worked as an
insurance agent for 35 years and retired from the company in
2012. Powell died in a Lubbock hospital. . .
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Sharp was head coach of Texas Tech University's
women's basketball team, the Lady Raiders in 1982 until her
retirement after 24 years. In 2003, Sharp was inducted into the
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame . . .
Born in 1965, Simolke is an author interested in the history of
Lubbock, Texas. In additions to his many books and magazine
articles, Simolke founded the gay online newsletter "Rainbow
Lubbock" in 1997 . . .
Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1951, Sublette is a
composer, musician, record producer, musicologist, and author.
Sublette is probably best known for fusing country-western and
afro-Caribbean styles . . .
After just two
years of study,
Wallace received his Master of Arts degree at then Texas
Technological College in 1935 and began as a Texas Tech instructor
of history the following year . . .
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Born in Lockney, Texas December 09, 1918.
Welch grew up in Slaton where he was a member of his
high school debate team and president of his senior
class. He was Mayor of Houston, Texas from 1964 to 1973 . . .
More about Louie Welch
- artist, cartoonist, journalist and politician
Born in Littlefield, Texas in 1930 , the West family
moved to Lubbock soon after. West was a famous cartoonist,
journalist and mayor of Lubbock, Texas . . .
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After an impressive HS record, Williams accepted a
scholarship from Texas Tech University and started as a defensive
end in his 2nd year. He led the Big 12 Conference with 21 tackles .
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