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OMHOF names year's inductees

July 30, 2014

By E.I. Hillin, Muskogee Phoenix, Okla.

July 30--TULSA -- Concert posters line the walls of Cain's Ballroom representing historical performances by rock 'n' roll, blues, and country legends, and on Tuesday afternoon another historical moment took place.

In a room filled with renowned musicians, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame class of 2014 was announced. Elvin Bishop, JJ Cale, Jim Keltner, Chuck Blackwell, and Lowell Fulson will join the list of Oklahoma legends inducted into the hall of fame.

The induction ceremony will be on Nov. 1 at Cain's Ballroom. Jim Blair, OMHOF director, said the plan to announce the Tulsa-based inductees in the city that shaped much of their musical beginnings was essential and had been in the works for some time.

"We have talked for a year about an induction that focused on the Tulsa Sound," Blair said.

Bishop moved to Tulsa at the age of 10. In 1976, he released the single, "Fooled Around and Fell in Love." Bishop played guitar on tracks of Bo Diddley's 1975 album, "The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll" and in 1995, Bishop toured with B.B. King.

Cale, a Tulsa-raised songwriter and guitar player, died on July 28, 2013. He wrote the hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" for Eric Clapton.

Clapton, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, and John Mayer are among the many artists who joined together to work on "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale." The tribute album was released Tuesday, coinciding with the announcement of Cale's induction into the hall of fame.

Jimmy Markham, Don White, David Teegarden Sr., and Charles Blackwell, musicians who worked with Eric Clapton on the JJ Cale tribute album, were in the audience during the announcement ceremony.

Markham, who lives in Tulsa, said the experience of working on the album was wonderful.

"Being with all the homeboys and doing what we do," Markham said. "It's always been that way."

Keltner, originally from Tulsa, is best known for his session work on solo recordings from George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr of The Beatles.

Blackwell, began playing drums in Tulsa at the age of 13. He played for Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, and the Everly Brothers.

Fulson, a blues legend who inspired B.B. King and Eric Clapton, died in March 1999. The Grammy-nominated guitarist was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1993.

Blair said it was important to make sure Fulson and Cale were remembered, even after their deaths.

"We try to honor those to make sure they are not forgotten," Blair said.

Markham and other members of the Tulsa Sound will perform at the induction ceremony.

"It will be a musical explosion," Markham said. "Everyone should put this on their bucket list."

A VIP reception will start at 6 p.m.Nov. 1 followed by a reception at 8 p.m. A concert and induction ceremony will begin after the reception.

Tickets will go on sale to OMHOF members on Aug. 8. and to the general public on Aug. 15. Tickets will be available at

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or

If you go

WHAT: Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame concert and induction ceremony.

WHERE: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., Tulsa.

WHEN: 6 p.m., VIP reception; 8 p.m., reception followed by concert and induction ceremony.

TICKETS: Tickets will go on sale to OMHOF members on Aug. 8. and to the general public on Aug. 15. VIP tickets are $125, and general admission tickets are $30. Tickets will be available to purchase at Cain's Ballroom,

INFO: (918) 687-0800 or


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