Early rock and roller Haskell Clyde Stacy passed away last Wednesday in a fatal traffic accident in Muskogee. He was 77.
Stacy is believed to be the first rocker from Tulsa to chart nationally, with his songs “Hoy Hoy” and “So Young” in 1957.
Stacy was killed when his car went underneath the rear of a five-ton crane truck on U.S. 69 at Harris Road. Police believed that he may not have seen the truck stopping to make a turn in the northbound lanes.
Born on a farm near Checotah, Oklahoma on August 11, 1936, Stacy grew up around music, with his mother Faye playing guitar and singing gospel. At the age of 13, Stacy formed his first band in Lubbock, Texas (he was one year younger than schoolmate Buddy Holly).
Stacy moved to Tulsa in his late teens, establishing a relationship with KOME DJ Don Wallace. Wallace would become Stacy’s manager and help him land a record contract with Candlelight Records.
Stacy recorded “So Young”/”Hoy Hoy” at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa in 1957. Both songs received considerable local airplay, charting on Billboard’s Hot 100 (#68) in the United States, but reaching the top ten in Toronto and Winnipeg. “Hoy Hoy” would later be recorded by fellow Oklahomans The Collins Kids and Big Al Downing.
Stacy would tour for the next several years in the United States and Canada (where he enjoyed the most of his success), opening for the likes of Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline,
Frankie Avalon and Bobby Darin. He would also appear on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and Patti Page’s television show.
In 1958, Stacy moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania and, along with new manager Phil Ladd, signed with Bullseye Records. He would enjoy success in Canada with top 30 hits “Baby Shame” and “Nobody’s Darling”.
In 1975, he moved back to Oklahoma to focus on his family and start a fence company. He continued playing locally, making his home in Broken Arrow, and even played in Las Vegas, London, England and Canada in the last few years of his life.
In October 2009, his song “So Young,” appeared on the “Mad Men” episode “Wee Small Hours”.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Stacy’s family and friends.
Haskell Clyde Stacy (1936 – 2013)
Haskell Clyde Stacy, 77, of Broken Arrow Oklahoma, and formerly of Muskogee, Oklahoma, passed away Wednesday, November 6th. Born on a farm near Checotah, Oklahoma in 1936, Clyde was the only son of Homer and Faye’s family of six. He grew up in a home that was full of music, with his mother Faye playing guitar and singing gospel. Naturally, Clyde found himself picking up the guitar as a teenager.
Clyde was forming his first band at 13 years old in Lubbock, Texas. Buddy Holly was one year ahead of him in the same high school, and the two played together a bit growing up. Eventually Clyde moved to Tulsa and began working alongside a rich heritage of music artists, including Gene Autry, Patti Page and early Rockabilly singers, Leon Russell and J.J. Cale. Clyde would be heralded by many as the first early rocker in Tulsa to chart nationally with his famous hits, “Hoy Hoy” and “So Young.”
Clyde would be given the opportunity over the next several years to tour and share his music with audiences all over the United States and was extremely popular in Canada. He opened for artists like Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline, and has played with the likes of Frankie Avalon and Bobby Darin. Stacy’s thrilling career landed him a title of Oklahoma Pioneer of Music from 1956-1958, along with “The Nitecaps,” one of Oklahoma’s pioneer rockabilly bands. He would make appearances on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” and Patti Page’s television show. Later in life, Clyde would befriend Michael Landon after crossing paths during tour dates in Detroit. While Landon would go on to television fame in “Bonanza” and “Little House on the Prairie,” the two remained close for many years.
As his 3 children grew older, Clyde chose his family over his music career, forsaking the demands of touring to help raise his daughter Lori and two his sons, Mark and Jeff. He taught them to sing, play music, love life, be good to people and honor God. He became a business owner, building several fence companies during the later seasons of his life. Not completely trusting of financial institutions, it was not uncommon for Clyde to have a substantial bankroll of large bills in his front left pocket where ever he went. He was his own man.
Clyde Stacy officially retired in 1985, but would still play some shows and special events for friends when he was asked. He performed at one of Leon Russell’s birthday bash shows in Tulsa. Clyde and Russell had lots of musical history. Not long after, Mr. Russell asked Clyde to perform at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In the final years of his life, Mr. Stacy was asked to headline at several large concert events, as Rockabilly began to make a comeback among with the next generation of music fans. He played in Las Vegas, London, England and Canada to crowds who loved and remembered him decades ago, as well as a host of new fans in their 20’s. Recently, one of Clyde’s more popular songs, “So Young,” was selected by the producer of the hit TV series “Mad Men” to be part of the musical soundtrack of one of the shows.
Clyde was preceded in death by his father, Homer Stacy. He is survived by his three loving children, Mark Stacy of Muskogee, Lori Dickmann of Broken Arrow and Jeff Stacy of Muskogee. He is also survived by his loving mother, Faye Maybell Mann of Broken Arrow and five loving sisters, Barbara Sue Harbin of Burleson, Texas; Patsy Joann Roark of Broken Arrow; Doris Carolyn Stacy of Broken Arrow; Velma Joyce Stacy of Broken Arrow and Sandra Faye Callahan of Broken Arrow; and his loving longtime companion, Sue Stacy.
Clyde is also survived by six grandchildren, Angie Stacy of Muskogee; Allyson Dickmann of Broken Arrow; Mark Haskell Stacy, Jr. of Tulsa; Austin Stacy of Muskogee; Hayden Stacy of Muskogee and Cooper Stacy of Muskogee. Clyde had one great grandchild, Emily Stacy Payton.
Our beloved father, son, brother and grandfather will be deeply missed by all his family and friends, too numerous to list but not forgotten.
Clyde Stacy’s life and legacy will be celebrated at First Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 with Pastor Blaine Bartel officiating. Pallbearers will be Mark Stacy Jr., Austin Stacy, Kevin Rossini, Michael Roark, Billy Harbin, and Tray Harbin.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com