Wallace WillisThe Choctaw freedman writes the iconic spiritual tune "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
Bob WillsKVOO tests Wills with a one-hour trial broadcast at midnight, launching a decade-long radio career for him and the Texas Playboys.
D.C. MinnerThe blues legend is born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma.
Charlie ChristianChristian picks up an electric guitar for the first time, changing music history forever.
Woody GuthrieRCA Victor records Guthrie's first commercial album, "Dust Bowl Ballads."
B.J. ThomasThomas is born in Hugo, Oklahoma.
Albert BrumleyAlbert Brumley opens Albert E. Brumley & Sons Music and starts publishing his own songbooks.
Gene AutryThe town of Berwyn, Oklahoma changes its name to Gene Autry.
Patti Page"Tennessee Waltz" is released and later becomes a top-selling single in country music history.
Mae Boren AxtonElvis Presley hears Axton's "Heartbreak Hotel" for the first time at a Nashville radio convention.
Chet Baker"Chet Baker Sings" is released by Pacific Jazz Records, the first album for the "cool jazz" trumpeter.
Sheb WooleyIn 1958, Sheb's novelty song, "Purple People Eater" became a huge hit, selling over three million copies and topping the US Charts for six weeks.
Wanda Jackson"Let's Have a Party" plays on a Des Moines radio station, launching it to nationwide success.
Roger Miller"King of the Road" climbs to the top of country and pop charts.
Jesse Ed DavisDavis plays guitar on The Monkees hit "Last Train to Clarksville."
Jan 16 1966
Jody MillerJody received a Grammy award for her performance of the song, "Queen of the House."
Conway TwittyThe "Hello Darlin'" crooner opens Twitty Burger restaurant in Oklahoma City.
Hoyt Axton"Joy to the World," penned by Hoyt and released by Three Dog Night, spends six straight weeks at No. 1.
JJ CaleThe album "Naturally" is released and fans fall in love with "Crazy Mama."
Leon RussellThe artist is named the Top Concert Attraction of the Year by Billboard Magazine.
Leona MitchellThe Metropolitan Opera debuts Mitchell as Mizaela in Bizet's "Carmen."
Elvin BishopBishop's hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" is released.
The Gap BandThe group wows fans with the funk hit "You Dropped a Bomb on Me."
Sandi PattyPatty accepts the Dove Award for Gospel Artist of the Year.
Garth BrooksFans buy half a million copies of Garth's single "The Dance" in only six months.
Vince GillGill teams up with fellow Oklahoman Reba McEntire to release "Oklahoma Swing."
Reba McEntire"Sweet Sixteen" spends 16 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard country albums chart.
Ronnie Dunn"Boot Scootin' Boogie" wins Single of the Year at the CMA Awards.
Toby KeithThe town of Moore renames Eastern Avenue after the country star the year after "Should've Been a Cowboy" is released.
MercyMeBart, Jim and Mike move to Oklahoma City and take up residence in an abandoned daycare that also serves as the band’s makeshift studio.
Byron BerlineByron Berline moved back to Oklahoma and opened the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie.
Bryan WhiteIn 1996, the rising Nashville star was recognized by both the Country Music Association with the Horizon Award and the Academy of Country Music with the Top Male Vocalist Award.
HansonThe group becomes an instant hit when "MMMBop" launches to the top of the charts.
Wayman TisdaleHis third studio album, "Decisions," debuts on the same day he retires from the NBA.
Kristin ChenowethHer role in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" wins the star a Tony Award.
Megan MullallyMullally releases her first album, "Sweetheart Break-In," with Supreme Music Program.
Kelli O'HaraO'Hara makes her Broadway debut in "Jekyll & Hyde."
All-American RejectsTyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler form the band in Stillwater.
Ryan TedderTedder creates the band OneRepublic, naming the group after his old dorm at Tulsa's ORU.
May 13 2003
Kellie CoffeyRiding high on the success of her hit record, "When You Lie Next to Me," Kellie Coffey was awarded Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 2003.
Carrie Underwood"American Idol" names Underwood their Season 4 winner.
Kings of LeonThe group accepts a Grammy Award for "Use Somebody."
Joe Don RooneyRascal Flatts officially joins the Grand Ole Opry, after a surprise invite from one of Joe Don Rooney's personal heroes, Vince Gill.
Tom SkinnerTom Skinner releases his self-titled album, which was recorded in Ada.
John FullbrightJohn Fullbright is nominated for Best Americana Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
The Swon BrothersThe Swon Brothers take home a third place finish in Season 4 of "The Voice."
Blake Shelton"Bringing Back the Sunshine" features the Ada water tower on the cover.
Taylor DyeTaylor Dye and Maddie Marlow make their Grand Ole Opry debut as country duo Maddie & Tae.
John Moreland John Moreland's appearance as the musical guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert helped launch his career into the national spotlight.