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Music review: 'Oklahoma Rocks' Volumes 1-12

Oklahoma rock of the '50s, '60s and '70s is collected in a 12-CD set.
BY GENE TRIPLETT Entertainment Editor Published: October 19, 2012


Various Artists ‘Oklahoma Rocks' Volumes 1-12

The music that used to rock the house at the sock hops, proms, clubs, frat blowouts, poolside parties and National Guard armories of Oklahoma City, Tulsa and dozens of other surrounding towns back in the '50s, '60s and '70s is collected in a limited 12-CD series that was the labor of love of one local music fanatic.

Rhett Lake, co-author of the 2007 book “Oklahoma Guide to 45 rpm Records & Bands — 1955-1975,” is the curator of “Oklahoma Rocks,” a collection of rare recordings from such stars of the hometown baby boomer rock 'n' roll scene as Jim Edgar & Roadrunners, Wes Reynolds (featured on Volume 1, “The Heavyweights”), Jan Lawhon (Volume 2, “The Females”), Moby Dick & the Whalers (Volume 3, “OKC & Southern Okla. Garage Bands”), and on and on.

Volume 8 showcases “OKC Favorites” quite a few graying boomers should remember, such as the Centuries, the Conner Family, DeWayne & the Beldettas, Johnny Hughes, the Midnight Rebels, the Third Avenue Blues Band, the Jades, and a favorite outfit from this reviewer's '67 John Marshall class, the Noblemen.

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