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.
70. Roger Miller – “You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd” (1966)
Erick native Roger Miller’s favorite song of his own comes in at number 70.
“Yes, I know it’s one of those funny novelty songs that tended to overshadow the Erick-bred artist’s true songwriting ability. But I really loved it as a kid, and it actually boasts a deeper message than it may seem on a casual listen. (On an only somewhat related side note, I’m not sure who had the nutsy idea to cast Miller as the rooster in the 1973 Disney animated version of “Robin Hood,” but his narration and songs totally made that movie for me, even as a kid.)” - Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman
The song also reached a new generation with the 2010 movie Jackass 3D:
69. Thompson Square – “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” (2010)
Miami, Oklahoma’s Keifer Thompson moved to Nashville in 1996, where he met his future wife and bandmate, Shawna. Several years later, they formed a duo and, in 2010, landed their first No.1 hit “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”.
68. The Willis Brothers – “Give Me Forty Acres (To Turn This Rig Around)” (1964)
After World War II, the Schulter-raised Willis Brothers started getting noticed in country music (as the Oklahoma Wranglers), as they joined the Grand Ole Opry and played on the first recordings of Hank Williams Sr.
“Had the Willis Brothers not done anything else they would still be forever ensconced in the history of American country music via Hank Williams’ initial recording session, which further shows how intrinsic Oklahoma musicians have been to the development and popularization of country music.” - Hugh Foley, author of the Oklahoma Music Guide
Almost twenty years later, they scored charted their first top 10 hit with “Give Me 40 Acres (To Turn This Rig Around)”.
67. Stoney Edwards – “She’s My Rock” (1972)
Seminole’s Stoney Edwards was discovered at a benefit show for Bob Wills in California and would go on to land his first top twenty song with “She’s My Rock” in 1972.
Fourteen years later, George Jones would land a No.2 country hit with the song.
66. Jason Boland & the Stragglers – “Tulsa Time” (2010)
Harrah native Jason Boland (and the Stragglers) recorded their version of “Tulsa Time” on their 2010 live album High in the Rockies.
“Boland’s cover of “Tulsa Time” is enjoyable and fun without sounding like it is trying to outdo the mastery and legend of Williams. Indeed, the singer does an excellent job of bringing this song back to its origins and then spicing it up a bit. “Tulsa Time” reminds us that there is still plenty of room in the future for sincere covers of hits from the past.” - Paul Bryan (The 9513)
The original recording of “Tulsa Time” in 1978 gave Don Williams his eighth number one hit.