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Defunct Solo

The following is a list of defunct solo artists, and bandleaders with original music who were based in Oklahoma or had strong Oklahoma ties.

For a list of active solo artists, visit Solo. For a list of active solo cover artists, visit Solo Cover Artists. For a list of solo cover artists on hiatus or no longer performing, visit Defunct Solo Cover Artists.

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Founded 1840s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Wallace Willis GospelAfrican-American Spiritual Doaksville, Indian Territory 1840-1883

Founded 1860s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Henry C. Gilliland FolkBluegrassCountry Weatherford, TX 1861-1924

Founded 1920s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Gene Autry Country Chelsea, OK 1925-1964
Kay Starr JazzPopCountrySwing Dallas, TX 1926-19371946-?
Lee Wiley JazzSwing Tulsa, OK 1923-19661971-1972

Founded 1930s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Don Byas New York City, NY 1939-1972
Earl Bostic JazzRhythm and Blues New Orleans, LA 19381945-1965
Ernie Fields Tulsa, OK 1930-1966
Floyd Tillman CountryWestern SwingHonky-Tonk San Antonio, TX 1938-19411947-2003
Jay McShann JazzBluesJump BluesSwing Kansas City, MO 1936-2006
Pee Wee Russell New York City, NY 1938-19391945-19501952-1969
Woody Guthrie Folk Pampa, TX 1930-1956

Founded 1940s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Cal Smith CountryHonky-Tonk San Francisco, CA 19471955-19571966-19791986
Hal Singer JazzBluesJump Blues New York City, NY 1948-2014
Howard McGhee Los Angeles, CA 1946-1987
Jimmy Liggins
Joe Liggins Los Angeles, CA 1944-1987
Joe McQueen Ogden, UT 1942-?
Lowell Fulson BluesWest Coast BluesSoul Blues Los Angeles, CA 1940-19431945-1999
Oscar Pettiford Okmulgee, OK 1942-1960
Patti Page PopCountry Tulsa, OK 1946-2012
Roy Milton Los Angeles, CA

Founded 1950s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Anita Bryant PopChristianGospelMilitaryMarches Tulsa, OK 1956-19801985-200120052007
Barney Kessel JazzCool JazzBossa NovaEasy ListeningBopSmooth Jazz Los Angeles, CA 1953-1992
Chet Baker Los Angeles, CA 1953-19661974-1988
Claude Williams Kansas City, MO 1953-2004
Clyde Stacy Tulsa, OK 1957-?
David Gates RockPop Rock Tulsa, OK 1957-19811994-2006
Flash Terry BluesBlues RockTulsa Sound Tulsa, OK 1958-19651972-2003
Glenn Barber CountryRockabilly Pasadena, TX 19521980
Jamie Horton Pop Oklahoma City, OK 1953-1962
Jean Shepard Visalia, California 1952-2015
Jimmy Rushing Kansas City, MO 1955-1972
J. J. Cale BluesAmericanaTulsa Sound Tulsa, OK 1958-2013
Pat Moran 1957-2007
Ralph Mooney Bakersfield, California
Roger Miller Nashville, Tennessee 1957-19811983-1992
Ted Taylor Los Angeles, CA 1956-1987
Vida Chenoweth ClassicalBaroque Enid, OK 1956-1962
Wanda Jackson RockRockabilly Oklahoma City, OK 1952-2016

Founded 1960s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Anthony Armstrong Jones Country Ada, OK 1968-1986
B. J. Thomas PopPop RockCountryChristianContemporary Christian Hugo, OK 1966-2021
Bob Markley RockPsychedelic Rock Los Angeles, CA 1960-1962
Byron Berline FolkBluegrass Norman, OK 1965-2021
D.C. Minner San Francisco, CA - 1979
Del Ashley RockPop Rock Los Angeles, CA 1965-1965
Don Cherry Los Angeles, CA 1966-1995
Henson Cargill Country Oklahoma City, OK 1962-1981
Hoyt Axton Comanche, OK 1960-1999
Joe Lee Wilson New York City, NY
Karen Dalton FolkCountry Blues Enid, OK 1960-Mid-1970s
Lee Hazlewood 1963-2006
The Manchesters RockPop Rock Los Angeles, CA 1965-1965
Roger Tillison FolkAmericanaTulsa Sound Tulsa, OK ?-?
Roy Clark Tulsa, OK 1963-2018
Sammi Smith CountryOutlaw Country Oklahoma City, OK 1967-19811985-19851991-1992
Sam Rivers Boston, MA 1964-2011
Terry Stafford CountryCountry Rock Los Angeles, CA 1963-19771989
Wayne Bennett Blues Sulphur, OK 1967-1992
Wiley Terry

Founded 1970s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Billy Parker
Bob Childers 1979-
Clovis Roblaine
Delia Bell FolkBluegrass Hugo, OK 1978-2006
Frank Mantooth Austria ?-2004
Gary Chapman 1979-
Gary McSpadden Forth Worth, TX 1979-2020
Harry Tucker Tulsa, OK
Jesse Ed Davis RockBlues RockCountry RockPsychedelic Rock Marina del Rey, CA 1971-1973
Jim Sweney Tulsa, OK
Leon Russell PopCountryRockFolkGospelBluegrassRhythm and BluesFolk RockBlues RockSwamp RockSurfStandardsTulsa Sound Los Angeles, CA 1970-2016
Marshal Royal
Mary Kay Place Country Hollywood, CA 1976-19772011
Maxine Weldon 1970-
Mel McDaniel CountryRockabilly Okmulgee, OK 1975-19962005-2009
Michael Rabon Tyler, TX
Michael Hedges WorldNew Age Enid, OK 1974-1997
Moon Martin Los Angeles, CA 1978-?
Phil Seymour RockPower Pop Tulsa, OK 1978-1982
Steve Hayes Tulsa, OK ?-?
Sylvester Smith III Oklahoma City, OK ?-?
Walt Richmond Tulsa, OK

Founded 1980s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Bermuda Boy Tulsa, OK
Brad Richter Los Angeles, California ?-2019
Gus Hardin Tulsa, OK 1983-1996
Mark Selby RockBlues Rock Hays, KS 1984-2017
Stephen Wiley Hip HopChristianContemporary ChristianChristian Hip Hop Muskogee, OK 1982-1994

Founded 1990s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Asy9 RockElectronicIndustrial Tulsa, OK 1998-2018
Basile Kolliopoulos RockBlues Rock Oklahoma City, OK 1991-1992
Betsy CountryCountry Rock Tulsa, OK 1994-1996
Brandon Jenkins CountryRed DirtTexas Country Tulsa, OK 1994-2018
Clockwork Wizards ElectronicEDMElectro House Tulsa, OK 1999-2002
Dave Broyles Rock Oklahoma City, OK 1993-1998
Frustrated Housewives ElectronicEBM Tulsa, OK 1996-?
Jimmy Markham RockBlues RockTulsa Sound Tulsa, OK ?-2018
Joe Diffie Country Tulsa, OK 1990-2020
Matt Taylor Tulsa, OK -
Noel Bolte Norman, OK
Oblyvaeon ElectronicIndustrialElectro-Industrial Oklahoma City, OK 1996-2009
Phil Czinder RockChristianContemporary ChristianHard RockChristian Rock Norman, OK 1999-?
Trust Tulsa, OK 1993-1995
Van Gogh's Ear RockExperimental Rock Norman, OK 1993-1993
Wayman Tisdale JazzSmooth Jazz Tulsa, OK 1995-2009

Founded 2000s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
900X ElectronicSynthpop Tulsa, OK 2009-2010
Baby Daggers Tulsa, OK 2010-2014
Big Rec Tulsa, OK 2003-2015
Bill Pitcock IV RockPop Rock Tulsa, OK 2009-2011
Brine Webb Norman, OK ?-?
Bryan Abrams PopR&B Oklahoma City, OK 2001-20022013-2014
Cady Groves CountryCountry Pop Weatherford, OK 2009-2020
Denver Duncan Pop Oklahoma City, OK 2009-20132014
El Paso Hot Button RockGarage Rock Norman, OK 2003-2010
Honky Mofo Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ?-?
Jacob Abello PopIndie Pop Norman, Oklahoma 2008-2011
Kellie Coffey Country Moore, OK 2002-2016
KRLL ElectronicExperimentalAmbientNoise Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2003-2006
P.D.A. RapHip Hop Tulsa, OK 2002-2013
Penny Hill Folk Norman, OK 2009-2012
Prettyboy Norman, OK 2009-2013
Ryan Lindsey RockAlternative Rock Norman, OK ?-?
Shannon Thomas Tulsa, OK ?-?
Sherree Chamberlain Folk Oklahoma City, OK 2009-2016
Steve Ripley Tulsa, OK

Founded 2010s[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
After the Reborn ElectronicEBMIndustrial Oklahoma City, OK 2014-2015
Blackpill ElectronicEBMAggrotech Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2018-2020
Chrome Pony ElectronicSynthpop Norman, OK 2010-2018
Dr. Plasticine ElectronicHouseElectroElectro House Tulsa, OK 2012-2015
Hudson Roar FolkIndie Folk Norman, OK 2011-2016
Joe Exotic CountryCountry Rock Wynnewood, OK ?-?
June Oliver ElectronicIDMAmbientBreakbeat Oklahoma City, OK 2019-2019
Lounge Pony Norman, OK
Mannachine ElectronicAmbient Oklahoma City, OK 2011-20132016-2018
Quantum Electric Labs ElectronicHouseElectro House Tulsa, OK 2014-2015
Rei Arkana ElectronicEBMIndustrial Tulsa, OK 2014-2015
Rei Rurouni ElectronicEDMPsytranceElectro Okmulgee, OK 2011-2015
Sensitiv Southside Boy PopNew WaveSynthpopShoegaze Oklahoma City, OK 2014-2018
Terrye Newkirk

Unknown[edit]

Name Genre Origin Years Active
Dead Language
Revenger Tulsa, OK
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