The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame announced its 2007 inductees this past week. This yearís inductees include Cal Smith, Sammi Smith, Tommy Crook, Hoyt Axton, Mae Boren Axton & Hinder.
Cal Smith will be inducted in the country music category. His hit songs "Country Bumpkin", "The Lord Knows Iím Drinking" and "Itís Time to Pay the Fiddler" were No. 1 hits in the 1970s.
The late Sammi Smith will also be inducted in the country music category. Her 1971 crossover hit "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (written by Kris Kristofferson) garnered her international fame and a GRAMMY. Smith was one of only two women involved in the outlaw country movement of the 1970s.
Guitarist Tommy Crook will receive the Eldon Shamblin Sideman award. Crook has played at past OMHOF induction concerts in 2002 & 2006. Chet Atkins provided the most regularly repeated praise of Crook when he answered Johnny Carsonís question of whether anyone played guitar better than he did. Atkins said, "Yes Johnny, Tommy Crook in Tulsa, Oklahoma."
Late songwriter Hoyt Axton will be inducted in the singer-songwriter category. Axton is most well-known for his compositions "Joy to the World" (Three Dog Night) and "Greenback Dollar" (The Kingston Trio).
Hinder will be awarded the Rising Star award. Their debut album, "Extreme Behavior," has gone triple platinum in the United States and their song, "Lips of an Angel", hit No. 1 on several charts and garnered international attention.
The 11th Annual Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Concert and Induction Ceremony will be held on the 1st of November in Muskogee at the newly renovated Muskogee Civic Assembly Center.