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Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2013 Class

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2013 Class
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: October 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm •  Published: October 11, 2013

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2013 Class


Jimmy Webb

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. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Mason Williams

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.

Sandi Patty

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. She will be unable to attend Tuesday's induction concert due to illness.

Barbara McAlister

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.

Norma Jean Beasler

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.

Bob Dunn (posthumous)

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

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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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