Jimmy Webb, Mason Williams, Sandi Patty and more to be inducted into Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame

Jimmy Webb, Mason Williams and Sandi Patty will join Journey guitarist Neal Schon among the 2013 inductees to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: September 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm •  Published: September 5, 2013
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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.

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

As previously announced, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inducted Schon, 59, into its ranks Aug. 23 before the sold-out Journey's concert at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The only constant member of 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.”

In addition, the late painter Roger Davis, who died in April, will receive the Governor's Award. An Oklahoma City native who lived in Muskogee, Davis was the official portrait artist for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Along with hosting the Oct. 15 induction concert, the Mabee Center is a 2013 inductee. For 40 years, the ORU 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.

The hall of fame's 2013 Rising Star award recipients The Swon Brothers, who hail from Muskogee, will perform a full concert at the induction ceremony.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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Induction ceremony and concert

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert Oct. 15 will feature performances from several Oklahoma musical greats.

Tickets go on sale Thursday. For information, call (918) 495-6000 or go to www.mabeecenter.com.

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