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.
80. Wanda Jackson – “My Big Iron Skillet” (1969)
After becoming the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson ventured back to her country music roots in the late 1960s.
While the sound was slower and softer, the subject matter was as fiery as ever. The top 20 hit “My Big Iron Skillet” told the story of a scorned woman and what she might do to her cheating spouse with said skillet.
79. Rascal Flatts – “What Hurts the Most” (2006)
Rascal Flatts released their version of “What Hurts the Most” in 2006 and took it to the top of the country charts. The emotional song about a lost love became their fifth No.1 country song and their first top 10 pop hit. The song earned Picher’s Joe Don Rooney and his bandmates two Grammy nominations.
78. Big Al Downing – “Touch Me (I’ll Be Your Fool Once More)” (1979)
One of the earliest African-Americans in country music, Lenapah’s ‘Big’ Al Downing blurred the lines between rock, R&B and country music.
The former member of Wanda Jackson’s backing band delivered his smooth, soulful voice with the top 20 hit “Touch Me (I’ll Be Your Fool Once More)”. The song helped him become Billboard’s New Artist of the Year in 1979.
Four years later, Tom Jones made the song a No.4 country hit.
77. Norma Jean – “I Wouldn’t Buy a Used Car From Him” (1965)
Pretty Miss Norma Jean, as she came to be known from a six-year stint on “The Porter Wagoner Show”, was born Norma Jean Beasler in Wellston. “I Wouldn’t Buy a Used Car from Him” was one of her biggest songs, landing just inside the top ten of the charts.
76. Jimmy LaFave – “Never is a Moment” (2001)
Stillwater native Jimmy LaFave released a great Americana album, Texoma, in 2001. On that album was his most-requested song ever, the radio friendly ballad “Never is a Moment”.