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Tue July 29, 2014
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Names Five Inductees
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame announced their 2014 class of inductees Tuesday afternoon.
Included in the list are late singer and guitarist J.J. Cale, blues rock guitarist Elvin Bishop, drummer Jim Keltner, drummer Chuck Blackwell, and late blues guitarist Lowell Fulson.
John Fullbright was inducted as a "Rising Star" earlier this year.
Official ceremonies and a concert honoring the inductees will take place on November 1 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa.
J.J. Cale is most well known as the songwriter for songs made popular by Eric Clapton (“After Midnight” and “Cocaine”) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Call Me the Breeze”). His laid back, bluesy and boogie style of playing would make up much of what is known as The Tulsa Sound.
Bryan Ferry and Mark Knopfler cite Cale as a major influence and, in recent years, Neil Young has written about Cale’s influence on him. In his 2003 biography Shakey, Young puts Cale’s guitar playing on par with Jimi Hendrix.
Elvin Bishop is a blues rock guitarist and songwriter, best known for the soft rock hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" and blues rocker "Travelin' Shoes."
The Will Rogers High School graduate was also a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and recorded with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker.
Lowell Fulson was a blues guitarist who was one of the most important figures in West Coast blues in the 1940s and 1950s.
A native of Tulsa, Fulson penned the blues standard "Three O'Clock Blues" in 1948 and "Reconsider Baby" in 1954. The latter was covered by Elvis Presley and Eric Clapton.
Jim Keltner has been called "the leading session drummer in America." He played on solo records of George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, as well as records by Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, and John Mayer.
Chuck Blackwell is a rock drummer, most notably known for his work on records by Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, and Freddie King. He was also the house drummer for the Shindig television show in the 1960s.