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."
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.
IF YOU GO
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 www.omhof.com or www. oklahoma