Harold Dean "Jody” Taylor, who with Jude Northcutt formed the "Jude ’n’ Jody” country music duo, died Saturday at his home in Lexington. He was 74.
"Jude ’n’ Jody” began as a musical act in 1954, playing local music venues, dances and parties throughout central Oklahoma. The pair went on to own a furniture store in Oklahoma City, famous for its slogan of "We Love Folks,” and had a long-running country and western television show in the 1960s and 70s.
‘He will be missed’
Oklahoma City entertainer Wanda Jackson said she began her friendship with Taylor in the mid-50s.
"We started doing shows together, just out in places close by,” Jackson said. "Then they, a little bit later on, got their own television show called Country Social and I was a guest on that.”
Jackson said the show was laid-back and friendly. She described the duo as business-minded individuals with a passion for music, and they were successful in both.
"It was exciting to see them make a success in the business world and also still be popular in the entertainment world, because people loved them dearly. They were good and funny and Jody was always the really lively one,” Jackson said. "It’s a friendship that I’ve cherished through the years with both of those guys.
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