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Oklahoma Musicians, Actors, and Entertainers

Hear and learn from the oral histories of Oklahoma's most influential musicians, actors, dancers, and other professionals in the entertainment industry.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Billy Parker

Billy Parker

Country Western Music

A country music mainstay with 20+ charted singles, but most inflential in his role as radio disc jockey.

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Coke Meyer

Coke Meyer

Great Niece of Will Rogers

Doris "Coke" Meyer speaks about her great-uncle, Will Rogers, Oklahoma's favorite son.

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Curly Lewis

Curly Lewis

Curly Lewis — Fiddle Player

Not only did he play fiddle with the great names of Western Swing, he was one of them himself.

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Dick Carson

Dick Carson

Carson Attractions

Dick Carson shares how his family's business became a pillar of entertainment promotion for over 66 years and three generations.

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Guy Logsdon

Guy Logsdon

Musician, Author, and Historian

A man who celebrates the music and culture of folks artists, cowboys, and western swing.

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Jana Jae

Jana Jae

Fiddle Player

A combination of hard work and raw talent helped this dynamic entertainer accomplish stardom.

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Jim Halsey

Jim Halsey

Event Promoter & Artist Manager

The original star maker, this legendary music impresario set the standard in the music industry for over 60 years.

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Jim Rodgers

Jim Rodgers

Founder of Tulsa Spine and Specialty Hospital, Owner of Cain's Ballroom

A great surgeon, a good father, and a man whose indelible legacy includes revitalizing the legendary Cain's Ballroom and founding one of Oklahoma's most successful physician-owned hospitals.

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Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

Native American Poet and Musician

inspired by the creative women in her life, Joy became a writer, musician, activist, and the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate.

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Mary Jo Guthrie

Mary Jo Guthrie

Woody Guthrie’s Sister, Artist & Writer

Woody Guthrie's little sister shares stories about one of America's most renowned folks singers.

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Peggy Helmerich

Peggy Helmerich

Hollywood Starlet

From Hollywood to Tulsa, the life of an actress turned philanthropist.

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Ramona Reed

Ramona Reed

Country Music Singer & Yodeler

A County Music Hall of Fame member, her accomplished career includes many performances at the Grand Ole Opry.

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Roy Clark

Roy Clark

Entertainer & Musician

A big "Saa-lute" to the man best known for hosting the long-running varity show Hee Haw.

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Steve Ripley

Steve Ripley

Musician, Songwriter, Inventor

A rock and roll legend in our own backyard who worked with some of the greats.

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Tommy Allsup

Tommy Allsup

Musician & Producer

After a lucky coin toss in 1959, he became a successful western guitarist and music producer.

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Wanda Clark

Wanda Clark

Lucille Ball’s Personal Assistant

Moving from Oklahoma City to California gave Wanda the opportunity to work with one of Hollywood's most beloved stars of the 50s and 60s: Lucille Ball

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Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson

Rockabilly Singer

Oklahoma's own rockabilly queen has had a long and respected career and music business.

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Washington Rucker

Washington Rucker

Jazz Drummer

Drummer Clarence Dixon once told Rucker: "This pair of sticks will take you all over the world, if you want to go." And they did.

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Will Rogers

Will Rogers

Entertainer

Doris "Coke" Meyer speaks about her great-uncle, Will Rogers, Oklahoma's favorite son.

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Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

Musician, Artist, Writer

Woody's daughter, Nora Guthrie, recounts the story of the self-educated artist, writer, and musician.

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