Category:Musicians from Oklahoma City
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1. 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
2. Zelia N. Breaux – Zelia N. Breaux was an American music instructor and musician who played the trumpet, violin and piano. She organized the first music department at Oklahomas Langston University and the schools first orchestra and she had a wide influence on many musicians including Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing, as well as novelist Ralph Ellison. Page was born on 6 February 1880 in Jefferson City, Missouri to Inman Edward and she earned a bachelors degree in music from the Lincoln Institute, where her father was serving as principal. When her father accepted the presidency of the Colored Agricultural and Normal University on 1 May 1898, he offered her a job as a music teacher, Page established the schools music department and taught piano and instrumental music. In 1902, she organized the first orchestra at Langston which began with seven musicians and she established the choral society, a glee club and the school band, requiring students to study classical music. On 6 December 1905, Page married Armogen Breaux, the couple had one son, Inman A. Breaux, who was a Professor of Education, an Administrative Dean and Dean of Student Affairs at Langston University. In 1918, Breaux left Langston and accepted the position as Supervisor of Music for the segregated African American schools in Oklahoma City. She established a music teacher in grade school in the district, organized the Oklahoma City Community Band. While at Douglass, she organized a chorus, an eighteen-piece symphony orchestra. She lived in Oklahoma City and taught, managed the Aldridge theater and rental properties, commuting back and forth to Langston and she hired a live-in cook to prepare her meals. She was a musician and played the trumpet, violin. Count Basie, Gonzelle White and King Olivers bands all played there, as well as Ida Cox, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, the Douglass High School band, which she organized in 1923 with twenty-five participants, was renowned throughout the United States. The students, who were junior and senior high musicians, became minor celebrities. Through their national appearances, the band influenced a range of musicians including Eubie Blake, Charlie Christian, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Rushing, Noble Sissle. Ralph Ellison, novelist and musician, called Breaux his second mother, in 1932 Breaux organized the May Day celebrations, during which the Douglass band played. In 1933 the band led the Century of Progress Parade at the Chicago Worlds Fair, the Douglass band performed at the Texas Centennial Celebration in Dallas in 1936 and in 1937 participated in the Black State Band Festival, which Breaux created, with seven other bands. Breaux earned a degree in music education from Northwestern University in Evanston. Her thesis was entitled, The development of music in Negro secondary schools
3. 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
4. Henson Cargill – Henson Cargill was an American country music singer best known for the socially controversial 1968 Country No.1 hit Skip a Rope. His music career began in Oklahoma in clubs around Oklahoma City and he earned national recognition after getting a Nashville producer to agree to produce Skip a Rope. Cargill had a number of Top 20 hits including Row Row Row, None Of My Business, later hits included Some Old California Memory and Silence on the Line. He also had a show and performed for many years in Reno. Cargill was born on February 5,1941, in Oklahoma City and his family was active in politics and raised buffalo on a ranch outside Oklahoma City, where his grandfather, O. A. Cargill, served as mayor in the 1920s, Cargill graduated from Northwest Classen High School. Marrying his high school sweetheart, Marta, he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, returning to Oklahoma City, he worked as a court clerk, private investigator, and deputy sheriff. Cargill began his career playing in clubs in and around Oklahoma City. Henson began recording locally at the Sully Studios with the Kimberleys as backup and they began to tour together all over the west. In the mid 1960s, Henson went to Nashville and was fortunate to have Don Law agree to produce Skip A Rope, Henson released his album on the Monument Label in 1967 and immediately scored in a big way with this first release. The song became a hit, spending five weeks at No.1 on the country charts in 1968. This success generated much attention, and he was in demand on such TV programs as The Mike Douglas Show to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. After Skip a Rope, Cargill continued to have Top 20 hits with songs as Row Row Row, None Of My Business. He hosted a show, Country Hayride, beginning in 1962 and performed for many years in Reno. Johnny Cash was godfather to his oldest son, Cash, after leaving Monument Records, Henson moved to Mega Records in 1971, where he scored several minor hits. In 1980, he formed his own record label Copper Mountain Records, Cargill was one of the earliest guests on Bill Akens radio show The Country Call Line in the mid-1980s, appearing uncompensated to help launch the show. He performed a segment with his story of Buford The Buffalo. In 1981, Henson gave up touring to found an Oklahoma City nightclub, in the late 1980s he retired to Oklahoma City, where he wed Sharon Simms on September 8,1988, and died on March 24,2007, aged 66, during surgery
5. 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
6. 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
7. Robert deMaine – Robert deMaine is an American virtuoso cellist. He is known as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral principal, recording artist, composer/arranger, artistic director and he made his orchestral début at age 12 with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, playing Tchaikovskys Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33. At the age of 12 he attracted the attention of Leonard Rose who immediately accepted him for studies at Juilliard, DeMaine was also invited by the French cellist, Pierre Fournier, for private study in Geneva, and at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in 1983. The recipient of significant national and international honors and awards. In 2012, Robert deMaine was named Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, DeMaine was Principal Cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2002-2012, having been appointed by the ensembles then-Music Director, Neeme Järvi. While a student at Yale, he was a member of the Yale Cellos under Aldo Parisot, DeMaine has also served as a guest Principal Cellist in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. DeMaine was the founding cellist of the Ehnes Quartet, formed at the Seattle Chamber Music Society in 2010 and he often performs in recital with the Romanian-American pianist, Peter Takács, and also in a piano trio with violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Natalie Zhu. Currently based in Los Angeles, Robert deMaine maintains a schedule of international solo, chamber music, festival. He has also taught at the Hartford Conservatory, Wayne State University Department of Music, the University of Michigan School of Music, and he will join the faculty of the Colburn School in Los Angeles in January,2017. Mr. deMaine can also be heard on the Naxos, Capstone, Delos, Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, Grotto, and Onyx record labels, and is an exclusive Thomastik-Infeld artist. He has performed on cellos made by Antonio Gragnani, Raffaele and Antonio Gagliano, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, and currently plays instruments by Domenico Busan and he plays on bows made by Dominique Peccatte, Mirecourt, ca. 1830, Nikolaus Kittel, Saint Petersburg, ca,1840, François Lupot II, Paris, ca. 1825, and François Tourte, a gift from an anonymous Los Angeles-based donor. DeMaine has written music for the cello which he performs, including 2 concerti. He has also several song cycles for voice and piano. DeMaine is currently working on several works for solo instruments, voice. Robert DeMaine is married to musician Elizabeth DeMaine, and with their two children, Paul and Annette, they live in Los Angeles. He has also active in the film and television studio recording scene from a very early age, and deMaine has taught cello, keyboard
8. Wardell Gray – Wardell Gray was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who straddled the swing and bebop periods. Wardell Gray was born in Oklahoma City, the youngest of four children and his early childhood years were spent in Oklahoma, before moving with his family to Detroit, Michigan in 1929. In early 1935, Gray began attending Northeastern High School, and then transferred to Cass Technical High School and he left in 1936, before graduating. Advised by his brother-in-law Junior Warren, as a teenager he started on the clarinet, Grays first musical job was in Isaac Goodwins small band, a part-time outfit that played local dances. When auditioning for another job, he was heard by Dorothy Patton, a young pianist who was forming a band in the Fraternal Club in Flint, Michigan, and she hired him. After a very happy there, he moved to Jimmy Raschels band and then on to the Benny Carew band in Grand Rapids. It was at around this time that he met Jeanne Goings, together they had a daughter, Anita, although most of them had left by the time Gray joined, playing with the Hines band was still a lively and stimulating experience for the young tenor player. They toured the country, and it was when they were in California that Gray met Dorothy Duvall and they were immediately attracted to one another. Wardell spent approximately three years with Hines, and matured rapidly during this time and he soon became a featured soloist, and the bands recordings show a relaxed, fluent stylist very much in the Lester Young mold. While some of the live Jubilee sessions have been reissued on CD and he left Hines late in 1946, settling in Los Angeles, California, soon after arriving there, he recorded the first session under his own name. This was a session for Eddie Lagunas Sunset label. The date produced some excellent sides, notably Easy Swing and The Man I Love, there is a reissue of the session, including alternate takes. In Los Angeles, Wardell worked in a number of bands including Benny Carter, the blues singer Ivory Joe Hunter, and the small group that supported singer Billy Eckstine on a tour of the West Coast. But the real focus in LA at this time was in the clubs along Central Avenue, the session was designed as a showcase for Charlie Parker, but Wardell acquitted himself superbly, showing no sign at all of being over-awed by Parkers presence. It was in the Central Avenue clubs that Wardell held his tenor battles with Dexter Gordon, Gordon later recalled, Thered be a lot of cats on the stand but by the end of the session it would wind up with Wardell and myself. His playing was very fluid, very clean and he had a lot of drive and a profusion of ideas. There were concerts at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the Shrine Auditorium, the session, which included Just You, Just Me and Sweet Georgia Brown, has some of Wardells best playing, but the only CD version of this is crudely abbreviated. Apart from a spell with a band led by Al Killian Wardell was still working mainly in one-off sessions during 1947
9. C. B. Hudson – Charles Britton C. B. Hudson III is an American musician best known as being the lead guitarist of the rock band Blue October. Hudson grew up in Dallas and received his first guitar on his 10th birthday and he was influenced by MTV, was a fan of heavy metal and early on was influenced by guitarists Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Satriani, and Eric Johnson. Later, Hudson explored the music of guitarists such as Norman Brown. Hudson played lead guitar in the band at Lake Highlands High School. He then decided to continue his education and enrolled in the MBA program, in October 2000, Hudson was having lunch at the Kismet Café in San Marcos and met Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October. Hudson introduced himself and passed along his demo recording to Furstenfeld, Hudson auditioned for the band, and was invited to be lead guitarist. Hudsons first concert with Blue October was December 9,2000, at the end of the Fall 2000 semester, Hudson left grad school with nine hours remaining on his degree, and joined Blue Octobers Consent to Treatment tour. Consent to Treatment did not sell as well as had been hoped, the band decided to continue independently and toured through the end of 2002. On Blue Octobers next album, History for Sale, Hudsons heavy metal influence is apparent in the song Somebody which Hudson co-wrote with Justin Furstenfeld. In 2003, the released the album on independent Dallas-based label Brando Records. With their new album, the band tried once more for a major-label deal and they showcased the new material in New York City, and it was the song Somebody that sealed a new contract with Universal. C. B. continues to write and record jazz-influenced instrumental solo material under his publishing name Reflxblue, Hudson married former Houston Texans Cheerleader and choreographer, Elizabeth Betsy Rhett Young, in Austin, Texas January 16,2010. They have a daughter, Ella James Hudson, who was born August 30,2012, the couples second child, Charles Britton Hudson IV was born September 29,2016. Although he was no longer a member of the band, he contributed guitar to Blue Octobers 2011 single The Chills which appeared on their album Any Man in America, in 2013 C. B. rejoined Blue October for a three-show run in Texas. The band also tweeted photos from the recording sessions for their album Sway which pictured C. B. playing guitar. In April 2013 Blue October announced that C. B had officially rejoined the band, C. B. played with the band for the entire Sway tour from 2013 through 2015, and recorded the bands eighth studio album Home in 2015. However, Hudson again departed the band in early 2016 following an injury from an off-road motorcycle accident. Kismet means fate in Turkish, Urdu, Hindi and Arabic, C. B. Hudson and Blue October drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld were born on the same day
10. 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
11. 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
12. 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
13. Barry McGuire – Barry McGuire is an American singer-songwriter. He is known for the hit song Eve of Destruction, McGuire was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and moved to California in early childhood, when he was two years old. At age 16, he joined the United States Navy, but was discharged ten months later for being under age, after working as a commercial fisherman, and then going on to become a journeyman pipe fitter, McGuire got a job singing in a bar. In 1961, he released his first single called The Tree and he formed a duo with Barry Kane called Barry & Barry. At The Troubadour they both joined The New Christy Minstrels, a folk group performing there, and McGuire sang lead vocals on their novelty single Three Wheels on My Wagon. They continued to perform their separate duo act there as well as performing with The New Christy Minstrels and it also included If I Had A Hammer. Released three months after the release of the song by folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Their album, Here And Now on vinyl eventually went out of print, in 1963, McGuire along with Randy Sparks co-wrote, and sang lead vocal on, the Christys first and biggest hit single, Green, Green. He left the Christys in January 1965, after recording the album, Cowboys and Indians, however, on the 1965 album, Chim Chim Cher-ee, he sang only on the title cut. As a folk rock singer in the 1960s, he was best known for his hits Eve of Destruction and Sins of a Family. Barrys other chart successes were Child of Our Times and Cloudy Summer Afternoon, Eve of Destruction sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. McGuires, The Eve of Destruction, peaked at No.37 on the Billboard 200 albums chart during the week ending September 25,1965 and that same week the single of that name went to No.1 on both the, Cashbox and Billboard Hot 100 charts. McGuire was never again to break into the Top 40, the song knocked, Help. by The Beatles out of the top spot on the chart. The recording includes an ahhh where McGuire could not read the words, the Temptations referenced McGuires song Eve of Destruction in their song Ball of Confusion. For other references and covers of Eve of Destruction see the article, the album, This Precious Time was released in 1966, his second with Dunhill Records. It includes a version of California Dreamin with The Mamas & the Papas singing backing vocals, McGuire is mentioned several times in The Mamas & the Papas hit, Creeque Alley. Frank Zappa wrote McGuires name in the sleeve of his, Freak Out, album as one of his musical influences. McGuire appeared in the 1967 movie, The Presidents Analyst with James Coburn as the character, Old Wrangler and he also starred for a year in the Broadway musical, Hair in 1968
14. Lutricia McNeal – Lutricia McNeal is an American soul and pop singer. She achieved worldwide success with her version of Aint That Just the Way which sold two million copies worldwide. Her career took off during a visit to Europe, when she teamed up with the Swedish producer team RobnRaz, a few years later she started her own solo career with the single Aint That Just The Way. The single went gold and platinum in several countries and she then released her debut album My Side of Town. The biggest airplay hits from this album were Stranded and Someone Loves You Honey and her single My Side of Town went platinum and was a #1 hit in New Zealand. She managed to have three Top 10 hit singles in the UK, a second album followed in 1999 entitled Whatcha Been Doing before she took a short break from the music business to give birth to her second son. In 2006, she produced songs like Hold That Moment and Same Same Same, in October 2004 she posed for the German version of Playboy. She expressed her disapproval for George W. Bush and his policies clearly in interviews and is involved in womens rights. She then released the singles Its Not Easy, which was released in Sweden only and reached #3 on the Single Charts and you Make Me Feel Good was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in July 2011. 1997 My Side of Town / Lutricia McNeal 1999 Whatcha Been Doing 2002 Metroplex 2004 Soulsister Ambassador
15. Sandi Patty – Sandra Faye Sandi Patty is an American Christian music singer, known for her wide vocal range and expressive flexibility which has led music critics to dub her The Voice. Patty was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, into a family of musicians, her father was a minister of music and she first performed at the age of two when she sang Jesus Loves Me for her church, Phoenix First Church of God. After graduating from Crawford High School in San Diego, she attended San Diego State University and Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, where she studied voice and conducting. While studying at Anderson University, she worked as a musician for area recording studios, singing background vocals and recording commercial jingles. Her reputation as a performer and studio singer grew during the late 1970s, Patty recorded her first album, For My Friends, an independent effort, that landed in the hands of executives at Singspiration. In 1979, she was signed to Singspiration. and released her first professional record, according to the FAQ section on her website, the name on her birth certificate is Sandra Patty. A printers error on the labeling listed her name as Sandi Patti, Pattys career expanded after she won her first two GMA Dove Awards in 1982 and began singing backup for Bill Gaither and the Bill Gaither Trio. She was invited to sing the anthem at the Indianapolis 500 in 1987–88, 1990–92. At the peak of her career, Pattys concerts were so heavily attended that she performed in often sold-out mainstream arenas, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she averaged over 200 concerts a year, and supported a staff of over 30 that managed her career. In 1992, the news of Pattys divorce from manager John Helvering shocked the music industry. The reason for the split was later revealed to be infidelity which subsequently stalled her career in the mid 1990s, during her marriage, it was later reported that Patty had an extramarital affair with her back up singer, Don Peslis, who was also married at the time. Patty divorced Helvering in 1993 and married Peslis in August 1995, confronted with rumors of the affair just two weeks into her marriage with Peslis, Patty made a full confession to her church congregation. Amidst the trying time, Patty did receive support from a national figure - Charles Schulz and he referenced her in a comic strip, and Patty is quoted in a recent spiritual biography of Schulz as having been touched by the gesture. Patty will again host the extravaganza in December 2017, in 2000, Patty had a guest singing appearance at the end of a 7th Heaven episode. She appeared in the 2006 annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, a televised performance of Sandi Pattys Yuletide Special was filmed for syndication in 2006, with other performers—including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the U. S. Air Force Reserve Band. In 2004, Patty was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, in May 2008, Patty released her 30th studio recording, Songs for the Journey, in which she covers classic hymns of the church and other modern gospel classics. 2008 also saw the release of five separate compilation recordings of past songs taken from previous albums, in 2009, Patty received two GMA Dove Award nominations, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Inspirational Album of the Year. Simply Sandi, an album, is the first solo project to be released on her own record label
16. Gregori Chad Petree – Gregori Chad Petree is a musician who is also best known as guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the American, new wave/indie/rock band Shiny Toy Guns. Chads previous bands included, Paradigm, Cloud2Ground, R. R. D. S, Dangerous Insects, and the 90s pop group PC Quest. Chad participated in band with his brother, Stephen Petree. While Cloud2Ground was started by Jeremy Dawson in 1996, Chad got back together with Jeremy in 1998, in 2000, they released a second album, The Gate. Two songs from Dangerous Insects, Starts With One and Chemistry of a Car Crash traveled with Chad to Shiny Toy Guns, Chad is the co-founder along with Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns. He is the guitarist and lead male vocalist, Chad wrote and co-wrote many of the songs on We Are Pilots, Shiny Toy Gunss first album, as well as many songs from their second album, Season of Poison. His brother, Stephen Petree, helped write songs on We Are Pilots as well. Chad also co-wrote and co-produced six tracks on the 2005 album release The Other Side by recording artist LOU, hybridigital is Jeremy and Chads side project, and subsection of Shiny Toy Guns, where they put on live shows of remixes of their Shiny Toy Guns songs. They feature live guitars, keyboards, and vocals, a second band by Jeremy and Chad featuring Stadium/Sci-fi rock. This project has postponed indefinitely
17. 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
18. 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