Friends remember Okla. music legend Steve Pryor

Posted at 9:53 PM, May 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 14:03:17-04

TULSA- Friends are remembering an Oklahoma music legend. 

Steve Pryor was killed May 6 when his motorcycle crashed into a car near 18th and North Denver.

But some say his legacy will never die. 

The countless number of people who remember watching Pryor play, or even playing alongside him will always remember how talented he was.

But they say it was who Pryor was as a person that will be forever missed. 

"Steve was a lot of things. He was a force of nature," said Paul Benjamin of the Paul Benjamin Band.

A rare talent inside of a kind spirit, that's how Steve Pryor will live on in his memories after he learned what happened to his friend Friday night.

"It's still devastating, I'm still in shock and I'm not sure I completely believe it," he said.

Benjamin says Pryor was an inspiration, who would later turn into a friend he would share the stage with.

It's what Pryor did with a six-string that he ways will never be duplicated. 

"He had a way of playing the guitar that belonged to him and only he could get those sounds of of that guitar," said Benjamin.

The outpouring of support for Pryor's friends and family has continued to grow since his death.

Many recognizing Pryor for his many accomplishments as an Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer in blues and jazz, sharing the stage with greats like B.B. King and Greg Allman.

Others say thank you for all the memories.

"Steve was a hero, man. That was the guy you wanted to be around and check out. Coolest guy in the room, that's how he was," said Pryor's friend Russ Allshouse. "Tulsa loved him, I loved him and we're sure gong to miss him." 

Now Benjamin continues his weekly Sunday set without his friend, but he says Steve Pryor will never stop inspiring and fueling the Tulsa blues. 

"He'll be a legacy that lives forever here in Tulsa and his influence will be felt throughout the generations," he said.


Friends say there is public tribute in the works for Pryor. Details have not yet been released. 

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