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Musicians come together to honor Steve Pryor

Posted at 9:17 PM, Jun 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-04 23:36:37-04

TULSA- A Tulsa musician killed in a motorcycle accident was honored by by his colleagues in a musical memorial at Cain's Ballroom,  Saturday night. 

A who's who of local music hit the stage to pay tribute to a guitarist they believed was truly one of the greats, and as iconic to Tulsa as Cain's itself. 

Tulsa drummer, Jamie Oldaker, has played with some of the greats. 

"I was with Eric Clapton for sixteen years. I did eleven albums with him. Lay Down Sally, I Shot The Sheriff,...all those songs." he said.

But if you ask him, no one compared to Steve Pryor. 

"When it came down to it, he was a nice guy. He saved a kitty recently as we all know, he had a really good heart," said Oldaker

"Steve was just phenomenal and he was gifted." said memorial volunteer Larry Schaeffer. "Some people learn to play guitar by working at it. Steve was born with it."

Organizers say it was the right time to honor Pryor, to remember his talent and to continue his influence in Oklahoma. 

"A person like Steve Pryor has the ability to affect and propagate the music business.", said memorial volunteer, Larry Shaeffer. "Young players learn from other players."

Oldaker believes that legacy will keep the Oklahoma music legend alive and ultimately heal Tulsa's broken heart. 

"He's up there with Eric Claptons and Ace Frehleys and the Peter Framptons and Dave Inmans." Oldaker said. " This will help people know a part of it, Steve was a big part of Tulsa.  

 
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