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Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2013 Class

October 11, 2013


Oct. 11--Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2013 Class


Jimmy Webb

Webb, 67, is the only recording artist to ever receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. The Elk City native is best known for penning classic hits for Glen Campbell ("By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston"), Richard Harris ("MacArthur Park," "Didn't We"), The Fifth Dimension ("Up, Up and Away") and many others. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Mason Williams

Best known for his Grammy-winning instrumental smash "Classical Gas," guitarist/composer Williams, 75, was born in Abilene, Texas, but grew up in Oklahoma City. He also is known as an Emmy-winning writer for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," a conceptual artist whose life-size "Bus" photo is part of the New York Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection and an author of several books of poetry and prose.

Sandi Patty

Known as "the Voice," Patty, 56, of Oklahoma City, is one of most popular and awarded performers in contemporary Christian music history. The Deer Creek denizen has earned three platinum albums, five gold records, 40 Dove Awards and five Grammys. She will be unable to attend Tuesday's induction concert due to illness.

Barbara McAlister

McAlister, an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano opera singer of Cherokee descent, has appeared in concert around the world, including France, Germany and Hong Kong. Along with singing arias, the Muskogee native has performed in the Cherokee, Chippewa and Winnebago languages. Also a renowned visual artist, she received the Cherokee Medal of Honor in 1999.

Norma Jean Beasler

Known as "Pretty Miss Norma Jean," Beasler, 75, was Porter Wagoner's initial performing partner on "The Porter Wagoner Show," preceding Dolly Parton. A Wellston native, Norma Jean recorded 20 albums for RCA Victor in the 1960s and '70s, earned two Grammy nominations and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for many years.

Bob Dunn (posthumous)

Braggs native Dunn (1908-71) is known as the inventor of the electric steel guitar, and he was the first person to play it in 1934 when he joined pioneering Western swing outfit Milton Brown's Musical Brownies in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mabee Center

For 40 years, the Oral Roberts University venue has hosted some of the biggest entertainers in the industry, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Luciano Pavarotti, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Justin Bieber and more.

Neal Schon (inducted Aug. 23)

Schon, 59, is the only constant member of the rock band Journey. The guitarist/songwriter, who was born at Tinker Air Force Base, co-wrote some of the group's biggest hits, including "Don't Stop Believin'," "Any Way You Want It" and "Wheel In The Sky."

Rising Star Award

The Swon Brothers (2013 recipients, honored June 7)

After years of performing at concerts and events around their home state, Muskogee natives Zach and Colton Swon achieve national prominence with their deep run on Season 4 of NBC's hit reality show "The Voice." Competing on Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton's team, the duo finished third when Season 4 wrapped in June. The brothers will play a full concert at Tuesday's induction event.

Thompson Square (2012 recipients, honored Sept. 14)

The country duo of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife Shawna broke out with its 2011 self-titled album, featuring the smash single "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," which surpassed 2 million in sales and was the No. 1 Digital Soundscan Single for five weeks straight. The reigning Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association vocal duo of the year released its sophomore album, "Just Feels Good," in March.

Governor's Award

Roger Davis (posthumous)

An Oklahoma City native who lived in Muskogee, Davis, who died in April, was the official portrait artist for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.


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