Inspired by Oklahoma Today‘s September issue focusing solely on country music, we’ll be counting down the Top 100 Oklahoma Country Songs over the next several weeks.
Every weekday, we will unveil another five songs that helped shape the way Oklahoma country music is heard by the outside world.
55. Sheb Wooley – “That’s My Pa” (1962)
Best known for his 1958 novelty hit “Purple People Eater”, Erick’s Sheb Wooley landed his first country No.1 with “That’s My Pa”.
Wooley was also a regular on “Hee Haw” and “The Muppet Show” under his drunken country singer alter-ego Ben Colder.
Still, his biggest claim to fame, albeit unknown to some, is as the voice actor for the Wilhelm scream.
54. Mel McDaniel – “Big Ole Brew” (1982)
Okmulgee’s Mel McDaniel spent two years playing in Anchorage, Alaska before landing a string of top 40 hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
In this top five hit from 1982, McDaniel proclaims all he needs is his beer and his woman. Bill Murray sang “Big Ole Brew” at the beginning of this clip from the film Stripes.
53. Cross Canadian Ragweed – “Sick and Tired” (2004)
The Yukon boys teamed up with Lee Ann Womack on this 2004 ballad that boasted a concept everyone can relate to – being sick and tired of being sick and tired.
52. Joe Diffie – Third Rock from the Sun” (1994)
The lead track from his platinum album of the same name, “Third Rock from the Sun” became Velma native Joe Diffie’s third No.1 country hit in 1994.
51. Vince Gill – “What the Cowgirls Do” (1994)
Vince Gill’s 1994 album, When Love Finds You, featured an all-star list of background vocalists Amy Grant, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Michael McDonald, Ricky Skaggs and Trisha Yearwood. The album was chock full of hits and this honky tonk shuffle was one of the best.