TULSA – Jamie Oldaker, a founding member of the group of musicians who created the iconic “Tulsa Sound,” died Thursday at his Tulsa home after a long battle with cancer.
Oldaker was a drummer best known to work with Eric Clapton, but he also played with Bob Seger, Peter Frampton, Ace Frehly and of course Leon Russell.
He played on Clapton’s legendary “Slowhand” album as well as on Seger’s “Back in 72”, a record containing the timeless “Turn the Page”.
Clapton said in a statement released by Oldaker’s family that he could hear him play the drums all night – and often did.
“He’s got the best snare sound I’ve ever heard, he has the best low-key fills I’ve ever heard, and his kick drum is solid as rock. It’s unique and the bag is always perfect. The kind of man he is matches his drums, ”wrote Clapton.
In April 2017, Oldaker visited the KRMG studios to talk about his career and the people he had met along the way.
At the beginning of the interview, he talked about playing “The Rogues Five” with his band as a young teenager.
They opened a show in Tulsa with two acts that would define the music of a generation: Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.
“I had no idea who they were, I was a little kid, you know?” Oldaker told KRMG in 2017, “I just wanted to be on this stage. I didn’t care who they were. I met Jim Morrison, I didn’t know who he was. Or Hendrix … I said ‘good’, you know, ‘nice to meet you.’ “
Oldaker was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2010.