Catchy lyrics and addicting hooks took the All-American Rejects from small Stillwater gigs to sold-out stadiums.
He roped in fans with “Hooked on a Feeling” and he’s kept them with his bluesy voice and charming lyrics.
Funny and surprisingly down-to-earth, Blake Shelton is a refreshing icon and rising legend in country music.
On his way to becoming the King of Western Swing, Bob Wills picked up countless fans and shaped American culture.
A Tulsa landmark buzzing with music history, Cain’s Ballroom still draws a full house of fans on any given night.
From small town gigs to complete country music domination, Carrie Underwood is unstoppable.
Inspired by Oklahoma's growing jazz culture, Charlie Christian picked up an electric guitar and made music history.
Born to a musical family, Chet Baker displayed incredible talent and made history as an acclaimed jazz artist.
He melted hearts with “Hello Darlin’” and hit-maker Conway Twitty’s enduring legacy includes 54 more No. 1 songs.
A blues legend with immense talent, D.C. Minner built an Oklahoma blues mecca at his childhood home.
It inspired some of the biggest jazz talent in history, and the Deep Deuce District continues to entertain today.
Guitar always around his neck, Elvin Bishop has strummed his way to the top of a successful blues music career.
A hit machine with deep Oklahoma roots, Garth Brooks launched an all-out country music takeover in America.
The charming Gene Autry galloped into fame on horseback and quickly became America’s Favorite Singing Cowboy.
Since Taylor, Zac and Isaac got everyone in the world singing "MMMBop," the Hanson obsession hasn’t stopped.
Part of a unique musical legacy, Hoyt Axton became a beloved country singer with a powerful voice and catchy tunes.
When he quit school to tour with Conway Twitty, Jesse Ed Davis had no idea he’d become a blues guitar legend.
Best known for hits like “MacArthur Park,” few know the lessons Jimmy Webb carries from growing up in Oklahoma.
A down home artist with laid back musical style, JJ Cale is best known for his contribution to the Tulsa Sound.
Today she wows Broadway audiences, but Kelli O’Hara perfected her luminous voice in Oklahoma.
Alternative rock icons who have reached worldwide stardom, Kings of Leon continue to sell out stadiums.
A big voice in a tiny package, Kristin Chenoweth rose from Oklahoma pageant girl to Broadway stage stardom.
From session musician to national star, Leon Russell made Oklahoma music history by creating the Tulsa Sound.
She impressed Metropolitan Opera audiences for 18 seasons, but Leona Mitchell's big voice blossomed in Enid.
She’s the brilliant mind behind “Heartbreak Hotel,” but before fame, Mae Boren Axton was an Oklahoma teacher.
The birthplace of Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee,” the Muskogee Civic Center is a standout music venue.
Claremore radio sweetheart Patti Page delivered pitch perfect tunes with a charm that had mass appeal.
A hit maker for more than 20 years, the Queen of Country Reba McEntire isn’t stopping anytime soon.
His catchy novelty tunes made Roger Miller legendary enough for a piece of Route 66 to be renamed in his honor.
The Oklahoma half of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” duo Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn has become a popular solo hit-maker.
Best known for his role on “Hee Haw,” Roy Clark entertains with his voice and notable guitar and banjo abilities.
Best known as frontman for OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder’s resume includes writing and producing countless hits.
An amazing artist branded “The Voice” for her stellar vocal range, Sandi Patty forever changed Christian music.
The home of Shelter Records at the height of Leon Russell's career, The Church Studio drew major headliners.
A humble home at the end of a dirt road, The Farm was the perfect place for the Red Dirt genre to come to life.
Quirky, crazy and wildly talented, The Flaming Lips have made a loud and sparkly splash in the world of rock.
The GAP Band gave funk mass appeal and the tunes they made continue to be some of the most sampled in history.
He’s said he’s only one good idea away from a great song and fans beg for Toby Keith’s ideas to keep coming.
Known for his treasured voice and his heart of gold, Vince Gill continues to win over fans across all genres.
He led a mysterious life but his authorship of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” wrote Wallace Willis into U.S. history.
A pioneer who transcends expectations of genre and style, Wanda Jackson is the Queen of Rockabilly.
From an Okemah farm, Woody Guthrie crossed the country writing an American soundtrack we're still singing today.
Top artists have graced the Zoo Amphitheatre stage and more than a million fans have flocked there to see them.
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  • 1840s
    Wallace WillisThe Choctaw freedman writes the iconic spiritual tune "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
  • 1934
    Bob WillsKVOO tests Wills with a one-hour trial broadcast at midnight, launching a decade-long radio career for him and the Texas Playboys.
  • 1935
    D.C. MinnerThe blues legend is born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma.
  • 1937
    Charlie ChristianChristian picks up an electric guitar for the first time, changing music history forever.
  • 1940
    Woody GuthrieRCA Victor records Guthrie's first commercial album, "Dust Bowl Ballads."
  • 1942
    B.J. ThomasThomas is born in Hugo, Oklahoma.
  • 1948
    Gene AutryThe town of Berwyn, Oklahoma changes its name to Gene Autry.
  • 1950
    Patti Page"Tennessee Waltz" is released and later becomes a top-selling single in country music history.
  • 1955
    Mae Boren AxtonElvis Presley hears Axton's "Heartbreak Hotel" for the first time at a Nashville radio convention.
  • 1956
    Chet Baker"Chet Baker Sings" is released by Pacific Jazz Records, the first album for the "cool jazz" trumpeter.
  • 1960
    Wanda Jackson"Let's Have a Party" plays on a Des Moines radio station, launching it to nationwide success.
  • 1965
    Roger Miller"King of the Road" climbs to the top of country and pop charts.
  • 1966
    Jesse Ed DavisDavis plays guitar on The Monkees hit "Last Train to Clarksville."
  • 1968
    Conway TwittyThe "Hello Darlin'" crooner opens Twitty Burger restaurant in Oklahoma City.
  • 1969
    Roy ClarkAward-winning variety show "Hee Haw" hits the airwaves.
  • 1971
    Hoyt Axton"Joy to the World," penned by Hoyt and released by Three Dog Night, spends six straight weeks at No. 1.
  • 1972
    JJ CaleThe album "Naturally" is released and fans fall in love with "Crazy Mama."
  • 1973
    Leon RussellThe artist is named the Top Concert Attraction of the Year by Billboard Magazine.
  • 1975
    Leona MitchellThe Metropolitan Opera debuts Mitchell as Mizaela in Bizet's "Carmen."
  • 1976
    Elvin BishopBishop's hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" is released.
  • 1982
    The Gap BandThe group wows fans with the funk hit "You Dropped a Bomb on Me."
  • 1982
    Sandi PattyPatty accepts the Dove Award for Gospel Artist of the Year.
  • 1989
    Garth BrooksFans buy half a million copies of Garth's single "The Dance" in only six months.
  • 1989
    Vince GillGill teams up with fellow Oklahoman Reba McEntire to release "Oklahoma Swing."
  • 1989
    Reba McEntire"Sweet Sixteen" spends 16 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
  • 1992
    Ronnie Dunn"Boot Scootin' Boogie" wins Single of the Year at the CMA Awards.
  • 1994
    Toby KeithThe town of Moore renames Eastern Avenue after the country star the year after "Should've Been a Cowboy" is released.
  • 1997
    HansonThe group becomes an instant hit when "MMMBop" launches to the top of the charts.
  • 1999
    Kristin ChenowethHer role in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" wins the star a Tony Award.
  • 2000
    Kelli O'HaraO'Hara makes her Broadway debut in "Jekyll & Hyde."
  • 2000
    All-American RejectsTyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler form the band in Stillwater.
  • 2002
    Ryan TedderTedder creates the band OneRepublic, naming the group after his old dorm at Tulsa's ORU.
  • 2005
    Carrie Underwood"American Idol" names Underwood their Season 4 winner.
  • 2010
    Kings of LeonThe group accepts a Grammy Award for "Use Somebody."
  • 2014
    Blake Shelton"Bringing Back the Sunshine" features the Ada water tower on the cover.