Tulsa music legend's house destroyed by fire

Posted at 11:07 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 00:07:12-04

One of Tulsa's music legends is homeless tonight after a fire destroyed his home.

Friends are working right now to help get Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy “Junior” Markham back on his feet.

When you think of Tulsa music icons like Leon Russell, JJ Cale, Markham is right up there with them.
Junior is alive and well, still living and playing in Tulsa, but his home is a different story.

Smoke and water damage is all over from a weekend fire.

While his friends help him secure his home, part of Tulsa's music history is a loss, but they tried to save what they could.

Friends said Junior is living history of Tulsa's music scene.

“He is a Tulsa treasure and you value those and you work to keep them and you work to make sure they always have that shine," said Alan Jamieson, with the Tulsa Blues Project.

“He's one of the older guys of the group. he's an original Tulsa sound member. we all kind of look after him and make sure he's ok," said Frank Padilla, a band member.

The group helping to restore and rebuild the Church Studio (a place where Junior recorded) is raising funds to get the music legend's home repaired.

LINK: Fundraiser for Jimmy Markham

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