Six more state musicians have been chosen as additions to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, including:
" a platinum-selling modern-rock band,
" country singers and
" a legendary guitar player.
The 2007 nominees will be inducted formally into the hall of fame at a Nov. 1 ceremony at the Muskogee Civic Assembly Center.
Sammi Smith, who died in 2005, and was known for her Seventies hit "Help Me Make It Through the Night," will be inducted along with country music star Cal Smith, who was received worldwide recognition for songs like "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking" and "Country Bumpkin."
Guitarist Tommy Crook will receive the hall of fame's Eldon Shamblin Sideman Award. Crook was praised by the highly influential Chet Atkins, most notably on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," when he said that of any guitarist anywhere, Cook could play better than he.
The late Hoyt Axton and Mae Boren Axton will be inducted as singer/songwriters. Also an actor ("Gremlins"), Hoyt Axton received praise and acclaim for his songs "Joy to the World" and "Never Been to Spain," and his mother Mae was the composer of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel."
Oklahoma City rock band Hinder, who has sold millions of copies of its debut release, "Extreme Behavior," also has been nominated. Hinder, which just played to a packed audience at the Zoo Amphitheatre and is best known for the chart-topping hit "Lips of an Angel," will receive the Rising Star Award. "Joe Wertz