INDUCTEES FOR 2005
COME CELEBRATE WITH US!
We are honoring Oklahoma or Oklahoma related Blues musicians who have a lifetime of achievement in the blues!
During the Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival in Rentiesville over Labor Day Weekend, the inductees of 2005, eight people nominated by Blues Societies around the state and chosen by DC Minner and the Friends of Rentiesville Blues Inc., will be inducted into the Oklahoma BLUES Hall of Fame!
SATURDAY SEPT 3, 2005
Mary “Little Miss Peggy” Wallace Johnson
SUNDAY SEPT 4, 2005
Dr French E. ‘Doc Blue’ Hickman – Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award
We are proud and honored to be able to give back to these musicians who have done so much for the blues community and music lovers in general with their lifetime commitments to the music we love! We are also honored to have the support of the
Anadarko Blues Society, the Blues Society of Tulsa , The OK Blues Society, Route 69 Project, Tornado Alley Blues Association, Tulsa Blues Club and the Larry Johnson Blues Foundation as we work to create a truly state wide OKLAHOMA BLUES HALL OF FAME
S Sam Franklin by Dan Quan
Harry Wms Claude Wms
Herbie Welch in Rentiesville OK
Little Miss Peggy
Doc Blue Ace M Moreland
Mr. Lowell Fulson
AC Reed backstage at Dusk til Dawn with Harry williams and Flash terry
This is year number 2 for the OK Blues Hall of Fame, and this year we have reached across Oklahoma to
7 other blues organizations for nominations so we can become more truly representative of the entire state!
Anadarko Southern Plains Blues Society, the Blues Society of Tulsa , The OK Blues Society, Route 69 Project, Tornado Alley Blues Association, Tulsa Blues Club and the Larry Johnson Blues Foundation.
Short Bios of the 2005 class
Little Miss Peggy
Little Miss Peggy toured with the big bands . Originally from New Orleans she sang with Bill Parker and many others – Larry Johnson and the New Breed…still tearing ‘em up in OKC with her full throated soulful approach.
An originator of the West Coast Sound with hits Everyday I Have the Blues and Tramp, Reconsider Baby and many more, a giant in the industry. He is considered the most important West Coast Blues Artist…and from Oklahoma too!!
FULSON, LOWELL (1921–1999).
Born on March 31, 1921, in Tulsa to parents of Choctaw and African American descent, blues musician Lowell Fulson grew up around Ada, Oklahoma, where his grandfather played violin and two of his uncles played guitar. Fulson played in church and at picnics as a boy and in Ada clubs as a teenager. During military service from 1943 to 1945 he learned of the music scene in Oakland, California, and moved there in 1946. That year he recorded “Cryin’ Blues” and “You’re Going to Miss Me When I’m Gone,” including his brother, Martin Fulson, on guitar. In 1947 Fulson recorded the rhythm-and-blues (R&B) hit “Three O’Clock Blues.” He moved to Los Angeles in 1949 and recorded “Everyday I Have the Blues,” which rose to Number Five on the rhythm and blues (R&B) charts. During this period his addition of a horn section to the standard electric blues combo of bass, guitar, and drums defined the West Coast “uptown blues” sound.
Fulson also had hits with “Blue Shadows” (Number One) and “Lonesome Christmas” (Number Seven) in 1950. In 1954 he released “Reconsider Baby” (Number Three), later to become a blues standard covered by Elvis Presley and Eric Clapton. In 1967 he had his final R&B hits with “Make a Little Love” and “Tramp.” His 1988 Rounder Records album It’s a Good Day garnered high critical praise. In the 1990s Fulson recorded for Bullseye Records in his familiar style, and in 1993 he received five W. C. Handy Awards and was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame. His 1996 album, Them Update Blues (Rounder), was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues category. He died near Seal Beach, California, on March 6, 1999.
Hugh W. Foley, Jr.
See also: AFRICAN AMERICANS, ELVIN BISHOP, CHARLES HENRY CHRISTIAN
Hugh W. Foley, Jr., “Jazz from Muskogee, Oklahoma: Eastern Oklahoma as a Hearth of Musical Culture” (Ph.D. diss., Oklahoma State University, 2000).
Austin Sonnier, A Guide to the Blues (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994).
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As John Broven writes in the notes to Cool Blues, Jumps & Shuffles: “In 1942 Saunders King had one of the earliest “race” [R&B] hits with “SK Blues”
Sax player extroadinaire, worked on the Albert Collins on the road for years, a joyous performer. The Davenport (Iowa) Blues Fest just got him a room and paid him so he could sit in with anyone he liked thru the entire Festival!
Dr French E. ‘Doc Blues’ Hickman – Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award
Doc Blue came to the blues late in life – a dentist in Chicago on a Dental Convention found the blues and left Chicago a changed man. Credited with doing more to support the musicians in OKC than any other he runs the Biting Sow which has kept the blues community growing for years.
Taught Blues Hall-Of-Fam-ers Tony Mathews and DC Minner to play Guitar!!! When his left hand fingers were cut ½ off in a work accident, Herbie re-taught himself to play guitar – great guitar!
Flash Terry’s drummer and musical partner from 1965 until Flash’s passing in 2004. Born in Kansas City, Harry toured with Ike and Tina Turner during 1963 and 1964. Always a helping hand to the blues community.
Born in 1952, in Miami Oklahoma Part Cherokee and all bluesman he wrote prolifically and was recording engineer for King Snake touring for years and returning to OK over the holidays and putting together a band to play locally thru the holiday season. His life was short, but he jump-started beginners, toured with the best, and was well loved by blues lovers family and friends across OK and the US.
Toured the world as trumpet and coronet player and band leader for Ike and Tina Turner over many years. Claude lived for years in LA – always busy , hairdresser, Photographer, Jesse Jackson look-alike actor, ….