Two Oklahomans inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

Oklahoma natives Reba McEntire and Jean Shepard were inducted Sunday into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.
BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com Modified: May 23, 2011 at 12:05 am •  Published: May 23, 2011
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On Sunday night, she sat in the Ford Theater listening to the songs that made her a household name.

Perhaps the most special of those was a duet as her sister Susie McEntire-Eaton and Trisha Yearwood, who lives in Owasso, sang “How Blue.”

In another duet, friends Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson performed the hit McEntire had with Linda Davis on guest vocals, “Does He Love You.”

Gill delivered “Somebody Should Leave.” But that wasn't all for the Oklahomans as Garth Brooks, born in Tulsa, raised in Yukon and living in Owasso, sang “Whoever's In New England.”

Reba thanked her friends and family members for being there. She said they had always been there for her and added “don't quit me now.”

After the ceremony, she said her father would have loved to have been in the audience. Then she shared a story.

“It was really cute, one time daddy was in the car with us and I'd won entertainer of the year and female vocalist and we were all in the limo,” she said. “Daddy said, 'Sure is good to be riding home with the winner.'”

Also from southern Oklahoma, is Shepard, who was inducted Sunday night by George Jones.

Shepard was born in Pauls Valley. The family moved to Hugo when Jean Shepard was 3 years and then headed west in about 1945 to live in California.

Shepard, who was inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, has recorded more than 25 albums and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since the mid-1950s.

Shepard told those in attendance, “I love my music, I love what I do and I do what I love.”

Braddock, who has delivered hits in five different decades, was inducted in the new “Songwriter” category.

“I'm a low profile, under the radar guy,” Braddock said. “This is like getting to go to your own funeral without having to die.”

Braddock, who was inducted by Bill Anderson, was also the producer for albums by Ada native Blake Shelton.

Recently married, Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who live in Tishomingo, performed the George Jones and Tammy Wynette hit Braddock wrote with Rafe Van Hoy, “Golden Ring.”