Roy Clark

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Steve Ripley, guitarist, inventor and leader of the country rock group The Tractors, died Thursday evening at his Pawnee County home after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Ripley played in several bands during high school and continued to do so as a student at Oklahoma State University. He opened his own recording studio, Stillwater Sound, in the early 1970s.

From standard-bearing singers and instrumentalists to genre innovators, from businesspeople who introduced new ways of listening and sharing to activists who made performance their platform, vital voices from all over the music map left us this year — some far too soon.

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One of the legends of country music, guitarist and singer Roy Clark, has died. Clark, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, was beloved by generations of fans for his work on the TV show Hee Haw, which he joined in 1969, acting as joyful co-host for nearly a quarter century.

He was 85 years old, and died Thursday at his home in Tulsa, Okla. due to complications from pneumonia. His death was announced in a statement from his publicists.

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we're playing tunes by Oklahoma guitar wizards. Jazz, country, blues, rock, pop, classical, new age, surf rock (!), indie rock -- they've all had Oklahomans bearing a major influence within the genre. Note: this is not meant to be a comprehensive list. We'll do more of these.

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The next time you hear somebody confidently predict the future of media, remember "Hee Haw." It was a show that most TV executives said would fail, so did critics. Country music, barnyard humor and quick cut blackouts.