OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma has an official rock, the Barite Rose Rock, but not an official "rock" song. A resolution adopted unanimously by the state Senate on Tuesday seeks to rectify that and add an official rock-and-roll tune to the array of other official songs.
Under the measure, the public will vote online to pick the state's favorite rock song. The proposal was introduced by Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, who last year got lawmakers to designate the watermelon as the official state vegetable, even though botanists classify the melon as a fruit. "The nominations have already been rolling in, with people wanting to nominate songs by Oklahoma artists including The Flaming Lips, Hoyt Axton and Leon Russell," Dorman said. "There are a lot of great tunes from Oklahoma and about Oklahoma. This gives us a great opportunity to showcase those artists and let the public help us celebrate our rock-and-roll heritage." Sen. John Ford, R-Bartlesville, sponsored the plan in the Senate. He said after it passed the House, more than 100 nominations poured in for songs by artists like Jimmy Webb and Vince Gill. There were nominations for the 1969 instrumental ditty, "Groovy Grubworm," by Harlow Wilcox and The Okies. Vote for a state rock-and-roll song