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. ... Everybody else lost a good entertainer and a good person, but I lost a dear friend and he will be missed.”
‘Jody’ was good man"He was definitely a different type person,” said his son Randy Taylor. "He got after it, I can tell you that.” "My dad was one of those people who, honest to goodnesss, everybody liked him, and they liked him for a good reason. He was just a good man.” A good man who enjoyed life. "I don’t know anybody who loved life more than him,” Randy Taylor said. "He loved to live. He was an adventurer. He did a lot of things in his life.” Taylor graduated Lexington High School in 1953, attended the University of Oklahoma and spent six years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He also owned the Double J cattle ranch, which he bought in 1968, near Tribbey in western Pottawatomie County. He earned his pilot’s license at 16. His love for travel took him across the globe, including two African safaris. Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Lexington. Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell is handling arrangements. Taylor’s family asks for memorials to be made to the American Cancer Society.
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