New life for an old landmark – Dallas’ Longhorn Ballroom to reopen this summer

DALLAS -- It's a Dallas music hall with a whole lotta history.  And now the Longhorn Ballroom is not only getting a facelift, but also a new lease on life, thanks to new owner Jay LaFrance.

"It was built in 1950, specifically as a music hall," LaFrance said of his new property.  "Bob Wills and Loretta Lynn, to Willie Nelson who basically grew up playing here."

Heck, Aerosmith even shot a music video at the Longhorn - talk about history!

And it's not just music history either.  This place was once run by Jack Ruby, before he shot Lee Harvey Oswald.

So, when developers wanted to buy the land and bulldoze the place, LaFrance said 'no way!'