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Four to be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame

A "Star Search" grand prize winner, a drummer with platinum album sales, a pioneer for women in country music and the official "Oklahoma Balladeer" will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in November.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 27, 2010

Oldaker was a founding member of the Tractors, who reached platinum with their self-titled debut album on Arista Records in 1994. He directed an all-star album, "Mad Dogs & Okies," featuring songs written by Oklahoma natives. His drumming has been heard on 24 Gold and Platinum albums.

Jean Shepard

Shepard, born in Pauls Valley, was a pioneer for women in country music, starring in the first network country music show, "The Ozark Jubilee." She also was the first female in country music to sell a million records, the first country music female to make a color television commercial and the first female singer to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years.

She has recorded more than 35 albums and charted 44 hits including "The Dear John Letter" and "Many Happy Hangovers."

Les Gilliam

Gilliam was recognized by the Legislature in 1998 as the official "Oklahoma Balladeer." A native of Gene Autry, Gilliam is a singer, songwriter and recording artist. He has recorded 14 albums featuring western swing and country music with lyrics that tell a story.

Gilliam also has won many awards including the Governor's Arts Award from Gov. Brad Henry and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gene Autry Museum.


Music Hall of Fame and Museum

To date, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum has honored more than 50 individuals or groups for their talents and contributions to the music industry, including inductees into the

prestigious Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.


Concert, induction

Reserved seats and VIP packages for the concert and induction will be on pre-sale to existing

members of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame from Sept. 7-17. VIP tickets include an invitation to a VIP reception before the ceremony. Sponsorship packages are available. To join the Oklahoma

Music Hall of Fame and participate in early

ticket sales, go to or www. to complete an application form, or call (918) 687-0800. Tickets for reserved seating will be offered to the public starting on Sept. 21. Tickets will be available online at and at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum office by calling (918) 697-0800.


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