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.
90. Becky Hobbs – “Jones on the Jukebox” (1988)
Cherokee Nation-member and Bartlesville native Becky Hobbs had her biggest hit with “Jones On The Jukebox” on her 1988 album, All Keyed Up.
Her songs have been recorded by Alabama, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, Wanda Jackson, John Anderson and others.
89. Gene Autry – “That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine” (1935)
When he wasn’t performing as The Singing Cowboy on radio, in movies and on television, Achille and Ravia’s Gene Autry was writing career-defining songs like “That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine”.
The song, recorded as a duet with Jimmy Long, has since been covered by Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Simon & Garfunkel, Slim Whitman, Marty Robbins, The Everly Brothers and others.
88. Trisha Yearwood – “Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love” (2007)
While she had bigger hits in the 1990s and early 2000s, Georgia-native Trisha Yearwood wasn’t an Oklahoman when she released those songs to radio. Yearwood has released two albums since marrying Garth Brooks and becoming an Owasso resident in 2005.
“Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love” was a top twenty hit off her 2007 album of the same name.
87. George Strait – “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)” (1988)
“If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)” was written by Bethany’s Tommy Collins and became a major hit for Faron Young in 1954 (No.2) and George Strait in 1988 (No.1). Straight even named his 1988 album after the song.
Collins also wrote several hits for Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Jean Shepard, George Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens and others.
86. Gus Hardin & Earl Thomas Conley – “All Tangled Up in Love” (1984)
Tulsa’s Gus Hardin landed her biggest hit with this top ten duet with Earl Thomas Conley in 1984. Later that year, she was named “Best New Female Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music.
Sadly, Hardin died in a car accident on Highway 20 east of Claremore, Oklahoma after leaving a gig at Sunset Grill in Tulsa on February 17, 1996.