TULSA — Jimmy Webb, Mason Williams and Sandi Patty will join Journey guitarist Neal Schon among the 2013 inductees to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Barbara McAlister, Norma Jean Beasler and the late Bob Dunn also were among the inductees announced Wednesday at a press conference at the Mabee Center. In addition, the venerable Oral Roberts University venue will be inducted into the hall of fame at the Oct. 15 concert and ceremony.
Webb, 67, is the only recording artist to ever receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. The Elk City native is best known for penning classic hits for Glen Campbell (“By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston”), Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park,” “Didn't We”), The Fifth Dimension (“Up, Up and Away”) and many others. Already a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Webb will release Tuesday his new album “Still Within the Sound of My Voice,” featuring collaborations with Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, Keith Urban and more.
Best known for his Grammy-winning instrumental smash “Classical Gas,” guitarist/composer Williams, 75, was born in Abilene, Texas, but grew up in Oklahoma City. He also is known as an Emmy-winning writer for “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” a conceptual artist whose life-size “Bus” photo is part of the New York Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection and an author of several books of poetry and prose.
Known as “the Voice,” Patty, 56, of Oklahoma City, is one of most popular and awarded performers in contemporary Christian music history. The Deer Creek denizen has earned three platinum albums, five gold records, 40 Dove Awards and five Grammys.
McAlister, an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano opera singer of Cherokee descent, has appeared in concert around the world, including France, Germany and Hong Kong. Along with singing arias, the Muskogee native has performed in the Cherokee, Chippewa and Winnebago languages. Also a renowned visual artist, she received the Cherokee Medal of Honor in 1999.
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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.