Do we need a state rock song?

I’m still reeling over our state vegetable, so I shudder to think what would be considered an appropriate rock and/or roll number to celebrate at the Oklahoma History Center, and indeed my first look at the nominees list so far did nothing to ease the twitch.

So, prodded by Jason Bondy, I sent in the one and only song that makes sense to me in this context: Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love” (Capitol 4553, 1961), which offers not one, not two, but three connections to this state:

  1. Wanda’s from Maud, and today lives in Moore.
  2. The tasty guitar licks are provided by latter-day Tulsan Roy Clark.
  3. What could be more Oklahoman than Tornado as Metaphor? I mean, really.

I hope someone on the committee at least has heard of it.


  1. BPD in OKC »

    5 April 2008 · 7:02 pm

    I don’t get why we need a state anything… And yes the state vegetable thing was so stupid.

  2. Jason »

    5 April 2008 · 8:07 pm

    Heh, I was just curious to see your suggestion.

    And while I am familiar with Wanda Jackson, I have to admit I don’t know that one (this will soon be remedied).

  3. Rena »

    5 April 2008 · 8:18 pm

    Wow, I remember my brother playing that song. But I had thought it was “tunnel”. Maybe at the time, I didn’t know what a “funnel” was — we didn’t live in tornado alley then and I was too young to be familiar with kitchen gadgets.

    But it would be cool to have as the state rock song. I too have been underwhelmed by other suggestions.

  4. Peace Arena »

    7 April 2008 · 2:03 am

    ‘Funnel of Love’ by Wanda Jackson should be official Oklahoma Rock Song

  5. Okiedoke - Vintage Okie opinion »

    7 April 2008 · 1:40 pm

    Okie liberals and conservatives agree

    When it comes to Oklahoma rock … Nominate your choice for the Official State of Oklahoma Rock Song. Any song written or performed by an Oklahoman is eligible.

  6. Mark »

    7 April 2008 · 4:04 pm

    They’ve heard of it now. It’s listed on the website as of 4:00 pm CDT.

  7. CGHill »

    7 April 2008 · 8:05 pm

    I’m hoping the Lost Ogle guys will pick up on this, if only because of the horrifying possibility of the committee picking a Hinder record.

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