For Immediate Release: March 5, 2007
Rep. George Fraught, Sen. Earl Garrison, Wanda Johnson, Byron
Berline and Rep. Jerry McPeak
pose in front of an 8-foot Telecaster guitar and with a Oklahoma
Music Hall of Fame poster.
Muskogee Delegation Welcomes Oklahoma Music Hall of Famers to
A delegation from Muskogee was at the State Capitol
Monday to help raise awareness of the Oklahoma Music Hall of
Fame and museum. Sen. Earl
Garrison welcomed the entourage from the floor of the Senate
and praised their efforts to promote Oklahoma musicians.
"Oklahoma has an abundance of musical talent and it's wonderful
that we have the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame to showcase that
talent," said Garrison, D-Muskogee. "The Hall of Fame
is not only a great thing for Muskogee, but for the entire state
and we want everyone to realize what a treasure we have and
this was our opportunity to do that."
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame was created in 1997 and since
that time more than 40 Oklahomans have been inducted.
“Music is loved by everyone and that’s what’s
so great about the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame,” said
Dan Newell, president of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. “It
attracts everybody whether your ninety or you’re my daughter
who’s ten and who tells me every day, Dad Hinder needs
to be in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. So it covers every
generation and that’s what’s great about it.”
Two of the Hall of Fame's former inductees, Wanda Jackson (2000)
and Byron Berline (1999), attended the special event where they
signed an eight-foot Telecaster guitar that will eventually
be on permanent display at the museum. Jackson is a star of
both country and rock and roll music. Berline is a three-time
national fiddle champion and founder of the annual International
Blue Grass Festival in Guthrie.
"I think a lot of people over the years have realized that
lots of great music has originated in Oklahoma. Gene Autry got
his start here along with several country music acts, too many
to name, as well as blues and rock and roll…" said
Berline. "This state has been blessed with a lot of great
musicians. So we hope everybody will come over to Muskogee sometime
and support the museum and the Hall of the Fame."
Newell also presented Muskogee-area legislators, Sen. Earl Garrison,
Rep. George Fraught and Rep. Jerry McPeak, with Oklahoma Music
Hall of Fame posters autographed by all of the 2006 inductees.
For more information contact:
Senator Garrison's Office - (405) 521-5533