Author Archives: Steve Ripley

Oklahoma Rock and Roll: Show #11 – Nervous Breakdown

Oklahoma Rock and Rollabilly! This week’s show focuses on Rockabilly Okies. A few you’ll know like Wanda Jackson and The Collins Kids. Some, maybe not… Do you know about Dave and Lee? Also managed to slip in a little Rockabilly Johnny Cale. baby baby baby (say a bunch of times with lots of slap back […]

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Oklahoma Rock and Roll: Show #10 – SINGERS AND DANCERS:Pt.2

Big show: Singers and Dancers Pt. 2. Wanda Jackson’s original record recorded when she was 16. James Brown gets funky. Leon does a track with Martin Luther King. Tales of the Magic Duffle Bag. Red Dirt Rangers & Blazers. Freddy Fender speaks some kind of cajun that you can’t understand. George Harrison speaks cosmic something […]

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Oklahoma Rock and Roll: Show #9 – SINGERS AND DANCERS

Show #9 (number 9 number 9) Singers and Dancers: Oklahoma stars Jim Edgar & The Roadrunners and The 5 Americans! Dwight Twilley and Billie Holiday. Fats Waller, Bob Wills, and James Brown. Oh Baby!

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Oklahoma Rock and Roll: Show #7 – Ain’t Nobody’s Business But Our Own

Oklahoma Rock and Roll: Show #7 – Ain’t Nobody’s Business But Our Own This week’s radio show is a bit of a free-for-all with no real specific theme – just a lot of our favorite music. All with the all-powerful Oklahoma connection, of course. The show kicks off with a band originally from Norman called […]

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Oklahoma Rock and Roll: Show #5 – Oklahoma POP pt. 2

Oklahoma Rock and Roll: Oklahoma POP pt. 2 – On this week’s show, we continue our look at rock & roll’s pop side – Pop Music and Pop Culture. Our favorite R&B piano player, Joe Liggins, from Guthrie, Oklahoma, returns with his 1952 pop hit, “Pink Champagne,” which kicks off a segment on overindulgence, with […]

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Oklahoma History Center 2401 N. Laird Avenue Oklahoma City, OK June 29, 2009 – For Immediate Release Contact: Michael Dean (405) 522-5241 RADIO SHOW FEATURES OKLAHOMA ROCK N ROLL The Oklahoma Historical Society, in partnership with the state’s public radio stations, is sponsoring a weekly radio show featuring the history of Rock and Roll in […]

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FIFTY YEAR OLD TAPES! Jimmy Markham entrusted me with the master tapes from his first ever recording sessions, recorded at Gene Sullivan’s Hi-Fi Studio in OKC. Markham informs me that on this particular song, he’s singing with David Gates on both guitar and piano. Not sure if Tommy Crook is playing guitar. Carl Radle is […]

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Oklahoma Rock and Roll with Steve Ripley

To quote me: “We’re gonna take a look at not just rock and roll in Oklahoma, but the roots of rock and roll, and we’re gonna follow those roots wherever they take us and let them tell us how we got to this place today… how we got to this thing we call Oklahoma Rock […]

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