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Oklahoma Music Minutes for December 27-31: Music you should hear this week

Byron Berline performs at the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in 2018.
Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival
Byron Berline

This week, the Oklahoma Music Minute is remembering the lives and careers of some Oklahoma musicians we lost in 2021.

Monday, December 27

Country singer Jude Northcutt (Slaughterville, Oklahoma City) died in September at the age of 89. He was one-half of Jude 'n' Jody, who performed at the Grand Ole Opry and appeared weekly on their own TV show in Oklahoma City for nearly three decades. Find out more about them and their music here.

Tuesday, December 28

Oklahoma fiddle legend Byron Berline (Grant County, Guthrie) died in July at the age of 77. Berline played in bands like Country Gazette and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and recorded with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elton John and many others. Find out more about him and his music here.

Wednesday, December 29

Chad Sullins (Hobart, Sentinel, Yukon and Stillwater) died in June at the age of 43. Self-proclaimed as "too rock to be a country band and too country to be a rock band," Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition were entrenched in the red dirt music scene. Find out more about Chad Sullins and his music here.

Thursday, December 30

Ronnie Wilson, a founding member of legendary Tulsa R&B group The Gap Band, died in November. Named after Greenwood Avenue, Archer Street and Pine Street in Tulsa, The Gap Band had four No. 1 R&B hits. Find more of their music here.

Friday, December 31

B.J. Thomas (Hugo) died in May at the age of 78. The pop and country singer was best known for "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," his version of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" and "Hooked on a Feeling." Find out more about him and his music at bjthomas.com.

The Oklahoma Music Minute airs weekdays on KOSU at 6:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 11:31 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 3:18 p.m., and 5:18 p.m.

Matthew Viriyapah is KOSU's production assistant and host of the music podcast Songwriters & Tour Riders.
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