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    Tim Otto from Portland Oregon about Norman Petty's last studio production.

        Norman  Petty  In  His  Studio  In  Clovis  New  Mexico


                    Tim Otto was the last artist Norman Petty produced !




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                             Tim Otto’s Norman Petty Session: 1983

                                        By © Tim Otto


In 1983, Norman Petty had a dream for me. And the four songs

that he produced on this album . . . were the beginning of that

dream, not the end of it. Had Norman lived . . . there would have

been no stopping him through his connections in making sure

I had every opportunity possible with my music. In those days,

I had the talent . . . and Norman had everything else needed to

make a successful musical career for this 24 year old Singer/

Songwriter come true. Norman had promised me that I would

be on American Bandstand,
He wanted to meet with MTV to
develop a video for my song:

“Too Much Fun” (which I wrote in 1983), he had a movie role in

mind for me and so on. All I had to do, was keep cranking out

tunes and looking good. That didn’t seem real hard at the
of 24.

There was quite a bit of traveling involved. Before I agreed to be

produced by Norman I insisted on a trip to Nashville which

taught me a lot of valuable lessons in three months time. There

were no easy shortcuts in the music business I learned. It got

pretty rough out there without a mentor batting for you.

Thankfully Norman and I stayed in close contact the whole time

I was in Nashville. In the meantime, Norman took a trip to New

York City where he kept an apartment to play tapes of my music

for Arista Records. While back in Nashville . . . I was learning the

meaning of the term: “no thank you” in polite Southern dialect

and accent. This kind of rejection could be real charming. But

back in Clovis, New Mexico . . . there was none of that.



Norman would usually listen to one of my musical dreams over

enchiladas at El Monterrey Mexican Restaurant on Mitchell

Street in Clovis. He would usually agree with me and the sky

was the limit. One idea we had was to get one of the still living

Rockabilly stars, such as Ricky Nelson, do perform on a single

with me to promote my career. Roy Orbison . . . one of
old artists, was also a consideration.

For those of you who never met Norman Petty . . . let me assure

you he was a perfect gentleman and not arrogant at all. In fact,

it was kind of hard sometimes to get him to talk about his old

protégé . . . Buddy Holly. Norman was also a personal friend of

Paul McCartney whom he first met in England in 1976 when

he sold the Buddy Holly catalog to Paul. Linda, Paul, Norman

and Vi Petty (Norman’s wife), were great friends and stayed

closely in touch over the years. I could barely imagine such

social heights as this. Norman was very entertaining to talk

to when he was in the mood. It seemed to me, that Norman

had a story about just everyone I was interested in in the

music business. His old 7th Street Studio in Clovis is now a

fitting museum. We recorded in Norman’s 24 track studio in

his downtown theater. Norman sat in the balcony encased

in glass like Captain Nemo behind his controls. I was in

musical heaven.

                          Here you can buy the album, click on the pic !


For some unknown reason . . . it seems that all good things

must come to an abrupt end. One day, Norman’s wife Vi left

a note on my front door that read: “Tim, you won’t be

today as Norman is in the hospital.” With those few

words I
got a very bad feeling in my guts, and got right on my

speed bike and quickly rode to the hospital. The rest of that

story was documented by me and published in the Clovis News

Journal in the article: “Singer/Songwriter Remembers Norman

Petty” © 1987. To make the story short and concise . . . I will

just tell you that Norman had gotten leukemia and he died

about a year later in Lubbock, Texas of that disease. For all

practical purposes, my career in the music business without

my mentor was hindered.

I truly hope that you enjoy Norman’s first dream for me and

I’m sorry there was such a delay in realizing it. I mixed the

session in 1985 with Vi Petty and Billy Stull in Norman’s 24

track theater studio. 

For more information on Norman Petty read: “The King Of

Clovis” by Frank Blanas (p)2014 England.

The Tim Otto album “1983” will be available at cdbaby.com

October, 2014 which contains the Norman Petty sessions and

six other Tim Otto songs all produced in 1983. © 2014.

If you prefer a real record store . . . “Music Millennium” will

be carrying “1983” as well in Portland, Oregon.

                       For more information about Timothy M. Otto go to


                  You'll find some interesting Buddy Holly photos from 1940 !