By BETSY BLANEY
Associated Press Writer
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Don't plan on strolling down the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame the next time you're in his West Texas birthplace. The City Council has rescinded a 1995 resolution that created the name.
The vote came Thursday after Civic Lubbock Inc, a nonprofit group created by the city in 1956, faced a dispute with Holly's widow, Maria Elena Holly, over payment for the use of the rocker's name at the Walk of Fame and Buddy Holly Terrace.
Holly died in 1959. His widow had been seeking a licensing agreement and name usage fees for the two sites.
Dan Burns, president of Civic Lubbock, estimated the payment could have been as high as $10,000 a year.
"We couldn't see putting that kind of money out to use his name," Burns said.
City Council members passed a resolution rescinding the 1995 version by a 6-0 vote.
The Walk of Fame and Buddy Holly Terrace will now be known as the West Texas Hall of Fame and West Texas Terrace.
Civic Lubbock Inc works to attract top entertainment and operates concessions at several city-owned venues. It is governed by a board appointed by the City Council.
Maria Holly said in a statement that she wasn't properly asked whether her husband's name could be used.
"I have tried very hard to protect my husband's name, image and reputation over the past 47 years and I will continue to do so," she said.