Category:Musicians from Oklahoma City
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1. Charlie Christian – Charles Henry Charlie Christian was an American swing and jazz guitarist. Christian was an important early performer on the guitar and a key figure in the development of bebop. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and his single-string technique, combined with amplification, helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument. John Hammond and George T. Simon called Christian the best improvisational talent of the swing era, Christians influence reached beyond jazz and swing. In 1990, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category Early Influence, in 2006 Oklahoma City renamed a street in its Bricktown entertainment district Charlie Christian Avenue. Christian was born in Bonham, Texas and his family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, when he was a small child. He had two brothers, Edward, born in 1906, and Clarence, born in 1911, All three sons were taught music by their father, Clarence Henry Christian. Clarence Henry was struck blind by fever, and in order to support the family he and he would have them lead him into the better neighborhoods, where they would perform for cash or goods. When Charles was old enough to go along, he first entertained by dancing, later he learned to play the guitar, inheriting his fathers instruments upon his death when Charles was 12. He attended Douglass School in Oklahoma City, where he was encouraged in music by an instructor. Charles wanted to play saxophone in the school band. As he believed playing the trumpet would disfigure his lip, he quit to pursue his interest in baseball, around 1931, he took the guitarist Bigfoot Ralph Hamilton and began secretly schooling the younger Charles in jazz. They taught him to solo on three songs, Rose Room, Tea for Two, and Sweet Georgia Brown, when the time was right they took him out to one of the many after-hours jam sessions along Deep Deuce, Northeast Second Street, in Oklahoma City. Let Charles play one, they told Edward, ah, nobody wants to hear them old blues, Edward replied. After some encouragement, he allowed Charles to play, what do you want to play. All three songs were big in the early 1930s, and Edward was surprised that Charles knew them, after two encores, Charles had played all three, and Deep Deuce was in an uproar. He coolly dismissed himself from the jam session, and his mother had heard about it before he got home, Charles fathered a daughter, Billie Jean Christian by Margretta Lorraine Downey of Oklahoma City. Charles soon was performing locally and on the road throughout the Midwest, by 1936 he was playing electric guitar and had become a regional attraction
2. J. J. Cale – John Weldon J. J. Cale was an American singer-songwriter, recording artist and guitarist. He is considered to be one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, in 2008 he, along with Clapton, received a Grammy Award for their album, The Road to Escondido. John Cale was born on December 5,1938, in Oklahoma City and he was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1956. As well as learning to play the guitar he began studying the principles of engineering while still living with his parents in Tulsa. After graduation he was drafted into service, studying at the Air Force Air Training Command in Rantoul. Cales knowledge of mixing and sound recording turned out to play an important role in creating the sound of his studio albums. Along with a number of other young Tulsa musicians, Cale moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s, while living in Los Angeles he cut a demo single in 1966 with Liberty Records of his composition After Midnight. He distributed copies of single to his Tulsa musician friends living in Los Angeles. In 1970, it came to his attention that Eric Clapton had recorded a cover of After Midnight on his album in 1970. As a result of this, it was suggested to Cale that he should take advantage of this publicity and his early use of drum machines and his unconventional mixes lend a distinctive and timeless quality to his work and set him apart from the pack of Americana roots music purists. In his 2003 biography Shakey, Neil Young remarked, Of all the players I ever heard, its gotta be Hendrix, in the 2005 documentary To Tulsa and Back, On Tour with J. J. Cale, Cales guitar style is characterized by Eric Clapton as really, really minimal and his biggest U. S. hit single, Crazy Mama, peaked at #22 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972. Cale declined when told he could not bring his band to the taping, Cale moved to California in 1980 and became a recluse, living in a trailer without a telephone. His 1983 album #8 was poorly received and he asked to be released from his contract with PolyGram, when later asked how he had spent the 1980s he replied, Mowing the lawn and listening to Van Halen and rap. Cale often acted as his own producer, engineer and session player and his vocals, sometimes whispery, would be buried in the mix. He attributed his unique sound to being a recording mixer and engineer, saying, Because of all the now you can make music yourself. I started out doing that a time ago and I found when I did that I came up with a unique sound. His catalogue is published for the world excluding North America by independent music publishers Fairwood Music Ltd, Cale died at the age of 74 in La Jolla, California, on July 26,2013, after suffering a heart attack
3. Don Cherry (trumpeter) – Donald Eugene Cherry was an American jazz trumpeter. Noted for his association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, which began in the late 1950s. During this period, he incorporated various styles into his playing. After relocating to Sweden in the 1970s, he continued to tour and play throughout the world. Cherry was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where his father owned the Cherry Blossom Club, in 1940, Cherry moved with his family to Los Angeles, California. He lived in the Watts neighborhood, and his father tended bar at the Plantation Club on Central Avenue, Cherry recalled skipping school at Fremont High School in order to play with the swing band at Jefferson High School. This resulted in his transfer to Jacob Riis High School, a reform school, by the early 1950s Cherry was playing with jazz musicians in Los Angeles, sometimes acting as pianist in Art Farmers group. While trumpeter Clifford Brown was in Los Angeles with Max Roach, Cherry attended a jam session with Brown and Larance Marable at Eric Dolphys house and he also toured with saxophonist James Clay. Gathered much of their freedom of motion from the harmonic structures. His first recording as a leader was Complete Communion for Blue Note Records in 1965, the band included Colemans drummer Ed Blackwell as well as saxophonist Gato Barbieri, whom he had met while touring Europe with Ayler, and bassist Henry Grimes. After a departure from Colemans quartet, Cherry often played in groups and duets during a long sojourn in Scandinavia. In the 1970s he ventured into the genre of world fusion music. Cherry incorporated influences of Middle Eastern, traditional African, and Indian music into his playing and he studied Indian music with Vasant Rai in the early seventies. From 1978 to 1982, he recorded three albums for ECM with world jazz group Codona, consisting of Cherry, percussionist Nana Vasconcelos and sitar, Cherry also collaborated with classical composer Krzysztof Penderecki on the 1971 album Actions. In 1973, he co-composed the score for Alejandro Jodorowskys film The Holy Mountain, together with Ronald Frangipane, during the 1980s, he released the recording El Corazon, a 1982 duet album with Ed Blackwell. He also made two albums as bandleader, Home Boy in 1985 and Art Deco in 1988, in 1994, Cherry appeared on the Red Hot Organizations compilation CD, Stolen Moments, Red Hot + Cool, on a track titled Apprehension, alongside The Watts Prophets. The album, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic in African-American society, was named Album of the Year by Time Magazine, Cherry died on October 19,1995, at the age of 58 from liver cancer in Málaga, Spain. Cherry was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2011 and his stepdaughters Neneh Cherry and Titiyo and his sons David Ornette Cherry, Christian Cherry and Eagle-Eye Cherry are also musicians
4. Wanda Jackson – She is known to many as the Queen of Rockabilly or the First Lady of Rockabilly. Jackson mixed country music with fast-moving rockabilly, often recording them on opposite sides of a record and she had a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s among rockabilly revivalists in Europe and younger Americana fans. In 2009 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influence, Jackson was born to Tom Robert Jackson and Nellie Vera Jackson in Maud, Oklahoma, in 1937. She has lived much of her life in Oklahoma City and her father, a musician, moved the family to Bakersfield, California, during the 1940s in hopes of a better life. Two years later, he bought Jackson a guitar and encouraged her to play and he also took her to see performances by Spade Cooley, Tex Williams and Bob Wills, which left a lasting impression. In 1948, when she was 11, the family moved back to Oklahoma, in 1956, she won a talent contest which led to her own radio program, soon extended by 30 minutes. She recorded a few songs on their label, Capitol Records, including You Cant Have My Love, the song was released as a single in 1954 and reached number 8 on the country chart. Jackson asked Capitol to sign her but was turned down by producer Ken Nelson and she signed with Decca Records instead. After graduating from school, Jackson began to tour with her father as manager. She often shared the bill with Elvis Presley, who encouraged Jackson to sing rockabilly, Jackson briefly dated Elvis while touring. She was a cast member of ABC-TVs Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri, in 1956 she signed with Capitol, recording a number of singles mixing country with rock and roll. I Gotta Know, released in 1956, peaked at number 15, Jacksons stage outfits in these years were often designed by her mother. Unlike the traditional clothing worn by country music singers of the time, she wore fringe dresses, high heels. She has claimed she was the first woman to put glamor into country music and she continued to record more rockabilly singles through the decade with producer Ken Nelson. Jackson insisted that Nelson make her records sound like those of label mates Gene Vincent, Nelson brought in many experienced and popular session players, including the rock-and-roll pianist Merill Moore and the then unknown Buck Owens. With a unique style and upbeat material, Jackson created some of the most influential rock. In the late 1950s, Jackson recorded and released a number of rockabilly songs and that Made Him Mad, Mean, Mean Man, Fujiyama Mama and Honey Bop. The songs were only regional hits and she toured Japan in February and March 1959
5. Don Lamond – Donald Douglas Lamond, Jr. better known as Don Lamond, was an American jazz drummer. Lamond attended the Peabody Conservatory in Philadelphia in the early 1940s and he took over Dave Toughs spot in Woody Hermans big band First Herd in 1945, where he remained until the group disbanded at the end of 1946. In 1947 he briefly freelanced with musicians including Charlie Parker, and then returned to duty under Herman in his Second Herd, in the 1950s and 1960s Lamond found work as a session musician, recording in a wide variety of styles. He recorded as a bandleader in 1962 with a tentet which included Doc Severinsen, later in the 1960s he played with George Weins Newport Festival band. In the 1970s he worked with Red Norvo, Maxine Sullivan, and Bucky Pizzarelli, and also put together his own swing group late in the decade and he also recorded a quartet album in 1981 with his wife, Terry Lamond, singing. He died in 2003 at age 83, according to The Jazz Discography, by Tom Lord, Lamond is listed on 549 recording sessions from 1943 to 1982. October 17,1952 Scrapple from the apple Out of nowhere Nows the time 52nd Street theme Cool blues General references Inline citations
6. Bohumil Makovsky – Bohumil Makovsky was a band director and head of the Department of Music at Oklahoma A&M College from 1915 to 1945. He is considered the Guiding Spirit of Kappa Kappa Psi, a fraternity for college band members. Makovsky was well known for his bowtie, early morning band rehearsals. Bohumil Makovsky represented a fulfillment of the American Dream and he was born on September 23,1878 in Františky, Bohemia to a Czech speaking family of Vaclav and Anna Hladik Makovsky. Bohs father died before Boh was born, his mother when he was 12 and he had little formal education, and was trained in clarinet and violin by his uncle, Tomas Makovsky, who had once taught a royal family in Russia. Boh continued living with his brother on the family estate for another 5 years after his mothers death. Then, in 1895, his sister, Anna Brdicka, paid his passage to the United States. He got a job rolling cigars in a local shop, a short time later, he joined a travelling wagon show that needed a clarinet player, and began his work as a professional musician. A few years later, Boh formed his own band that all across the midlands. In 1902 Bohs band was contracted for an engagement in Davis, the group arrived and played their engagement, only to discover that they werent intending to pay the band. Boh paid his men out of his own pocket and headed for the nearest large town, there he gave private music lessons, played in the theater, and directed a concert band in the Delmar Gardens. He had soon started organizing and directing bands in nearby settlements which he would turn over to local directors. In 1910, Boh also started directing the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Band and had an association with the Oklahoma State Fairs. While on a visit to Nebraska, Boh met Georgia Shestack, a fellow Bohemian. In 1915 he was invited by the President of Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater to become band director, Boh accepted the position, although he had nearly declined it in the face of the required administrative work. Boh started his work here with bands with about 40-50 members who had never had any experience playing in a college setting, as the war ended, veterans returned home, increasing both the size and the quality of Bohs bands. The OAMC Bands quickly grew as Boh became better at retaining and recruiting members until it had reached over 100 members in 1922, numbers fell again with the onset of World War II and Bohs own retirement in July 1943. Boh was granted the title of Head Emeritus of the Department of Music at OAMC upon his retirement. S. in 1987, he was posthumously inducted as a charter member of Oklahoma Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, and into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame
7. Jimmy Rushing – He joined Walter Pages Blue Devils in 1927 and then joined Bennie Motens band in 1929. He stayed with the successor Count Basie band when Moten died in 1935, Rushing said that his first time singing in front of an audience was in 1924. He was playing piano at a club when the singer, Carlyn Williams. I got out there and broke it up, I was a singer from then on, he said. Rushing was a singer who had a range from baritone to tenor. He could project his voice so that it soared over the horn, Basie claimed that Rushing never had an equal as a blues vocalist, though Rushing really thought of himself as a ballad singer. George Frazier, the author of Harvard Blues, called Rushings distinctive voice a magnificent gargle, Dave Brubeck defined Rushings status among blues singers as the daddy of them all. Late in his life Rushing said of his style, I dont know what kind of blues singer youd call me. Among his best-known recordings are Going to Chicago, with Basie, Rushing was born into a family with musical talent and accomplishments. His father, Andrew Rushing, was a trumpeter, and his mother, Cora and he studied music theory with Zelia N. Breaux at Oklahoma Citys Douglass High School, and was unusual among his musical contemporaries for having attended college, at Wilberforce University. Rushing was inspired to music and eventually sing blues by his uncle Wesley Manning and George Fathead Thomas. Rushing toured the Midwest and California as an itinerant blues singer in 1923 and 1924 before moving to Los Angeles, Rushing also sang with Billy King before moving on to Pages Blue Devils in 1927. He, along other members of the Blue Devils, defected to the Bennie Moten band in 1929. Moten died in 1935, and Rushing joined Count Basie for what would be a 13-year tenure, after leaving Basie, his recording career soared, as a solo artist and a singer with other bands. When the Basie band broke up in 1950 he briefly retired and he also made a guest appearance with Duke Ellington for the 1959 album Jazz Party. In 1960, he recorded an album with the Dave Brubeck Quartet, known for their cerebral cool jazz sound, Rushing appeared in the 1957 television special Sound of Jazz, singing one of his signature songs I Left My Baby backed by many of his former Basie band compatriots. In 1958 he was among the musicians included in an Esquire magazine photo by Art Kane, in 1958 Rushing toured the UK with Humphrey Lyttelton and his band. A BBC broadcast with Rushing accompanied by Lytteltons specially organised big band was released on CD in 2009, in 1969 Rushing appeared in The Learning Tree, the first major studio feature film directed by an African-American, Gordon Parks
8. Neal Schon – Neal Joseph Schon is an American rock guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, best known for his work with the bands Journey and Bad English. He is Journeys last original constant member, having participated in every album and he was a member of the rock band Santana before forming Journey, and was also an original member of Hardline. Schon was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on August 23,2013, Schon will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey in 2017. Neal Joseph Schon was born at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Schon first picked up the guitar at around the age of five. A quick learner, he joined Santana as a teenager at 15, Schon has said he was asked by Eric Clapton to join Derek and the Dominos, but that he joined Santana instead, performing on the albums Santana III and Caravanserai. Schon also played in Azteca before moving on in 1973 to form Journey, Schons guitar style has been described as soulful, taking inspiration from 1960s-era soul singers such as Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and blending it with blues runs similar to B. B. He was influenced by such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana. Schon can be heard on albums including three tracks on Michael Boltons The Hunger, with the Schon sound most recognizable on The Dock of the Bay. He also joined Larry Graham to play in a band for cult funk artist and ex-wife of Miles Davis. In addition, Schon also contributed to Lenny Whites 1977 album Big City, Schons first guitar was an acoustic Stella, followed two years later by a Gibson ES-335. When the 335 was stolen, he replaced it with a 56 Les Paul Goldtop reissue that he used for many years and he has previously employed Godin guitars on his 1995 solo album Beyond the Thunder, and more recently uses Paul Reed Smith guitars. In the late 1980s, Schon manufactured and played his own line of guitars, simply named Schon, about 200 of the Jackson-produced models were made. A Gibson Les Paul Super Custom can be seen in the video for the Journey song Anyway You Want It. Recently he has been using a Seven String Ibanez Universe. On the song Lights, he uses a Fender Stratocaster later equipped with a Floyd Rose tremolo, as of 2008, Schon currently prefers guitar pedals from Xotic, a Vox Satriani model and occasionally uses a Buddy Guy wah pedal. In a 2007 interview, Neal confirmed that he has had tinnitus for years stemming from excessive loud playing, Schons father, Matthew Schon, was a jazz musician and composer who provided the arrangements on the Journey song Mother, Father. Currently, Neal uses Paul Reed Smith guitars, and has two models with the NS prefix. The two said they had dated years previously in the 1990s and were very happy together
9. Austin John – Austin John Winkler is an American singer-songwriter best known for being the former lead singer of the American rock band Hinder. Winkler was one of the members of Hinder and recorded a total of one EP, four studio albums. Since his departure from Hinder, Winkler has continued his career, Austins first release as a solo artist, a six-song EP titled Love Sick Radio was released April 22,2016. Before forming Hinder with alongside bandmates Cody Hanson and Joe Blower Garvey, while playing at a college party, Winkler met Hanson and Garvey and shortly thereafter the three formed Hinder. Hinder released their debut EP titled Far From Close in 2003 under the independent label Brickden Records, after the release of Far From Close Hinder was offered record deals from Atlantic Records, Roadrunner Records, and Universal Records, eventually signing with Universal Records in early 2005. Hinder released their debut single Get Stoned on July 26,2005, the album went on to spawn a total of 8 singles including the number one smash hit Lips of an Angel and gain triple-platinum status in the US. On December 21,2007 Winkler was arrested for suspicion of DUI after leaving his engagement party, the two became married on July 30,2008. Winkler wrote a song for their wedding titled The Love I Live For it was never released, on December 7,2010 Winkler released his third studio album with Hinder titled All American Nightmare. Starting in January 2011 the band went on their North American All American Nightmare Tour with supporting acts Saving Abel, My Darkest Days, the tour started in early January 2011 and lasted till the fall of 2011. On August 9,2012 Hinder revealed that their studio album would be titled Welcome to the Freakshow. On August 30,2012 Hinder released Save Me as the first single from the album, Welcome to the Freakshow would be released on December 4,2012. Winkler revealed that the album was recorded during a very dark drug binge for him, Welcome to the Freakshow would be the last album to feature Winkler as the lead vocalist for the band. The same day it was announced that Jared Weeks of Saving Abel would be filling in for him during the remainder of the tour, tantrics 37 Channels album was released on September 17,2013 and Winkler was featured on two tracks titled Bullet and Fault. Although it was a decision, it was the best thing for everyone involved. This summer/fall tour was a tough one and we want to thank the fans for all their overwhelming support. Winkler gave the statement below, To All Hinder Fans, It’s with a heavy heart that I announce after 12 years of being the lead singer of Hinder. I wish the guys nothing but the best in the future, I want to thank each and every one of you all for your love and support over the years, and especially over the last 4 months on my road to recovery. All the messages you sent me on Twitter and Instagram really helped me get through this time in my life
10. Michael Been – Michael Kenneth Been was an American rock musician who achieved critical attention and rotation play on MTV in the 1980s with his band The Call. He later released an album of his work and toured with his sons band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. His song Let the Day Begin was the campaign song of Al Gores 2000 U. S. presidential campaign. Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Been later lived in Park Forest, south of Chicago, after graduation, he moved to Chicago, where he was a member of the band Aorta at the time of their second album Aorta 2, in 1970. He then joined Lovecraft, the band to the psychedelic rock group H. P. He also played with former Moby Grape members Jerry Miller and Bob Mosley in the band Fine Wine, been formed his band The Call in the 1970s in Northern California with Tom Ferrier on guitar, bassist Greg Freeman and drummer Scott Musick. Motion Pictures aka the Call were discovered by Tulsas Phil Seymour and they released a self-titled album in 1982 with Mercury Records. The bands 1983 album Modern Romans led to a tour opening for Peter Gabriel. Been participated in composing and performing the music to Paul Schraders 1992 film Light Sleeper, the film also features two of his songs, To Feel This Way and World On Fire. In 1994, he recorded an album, On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough. Been appeared as a sideman in bands fronted by actor Harry Dean Stanton, Stanton having played harmonica on Let the Day Begin track and he played the apostle John in Martin Scorseses 1988 feature film The Last Temptation of Christ and had some film credits. Beens son, Robert Levon Been, is the frontman for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Michael Been was heavily involved in BRMC as their sound engineer and toured with them. Been died at the age of 60 on August 19,2010, in Hasselt, Belgium, Light Sleeper On the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough Michael Been at the Internet Movie Database Michael Been memorial page via The Call official site