Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys have an interesting connection to American
history. It seems that in 1924, a Billy McGinty who was one of Colonel Theodore
Roosevelt's Rough Riders, decided to organize a band that became known as the
Oklahoma Cowboy Band. Their aim was to bring "...back to the present generation
the music and songs of the early days of the West."
The members of the band were recruited from various ranches in the area and
were lead and managed by Otto Gray and soon became quite popular in the
nearby towns. Their fame grew and eventually caught the attention of
radio station KFRU, which was a small radio station out of Bristow, Oklahoma
and invited them to make their debut over the air. No date was given in the
folio we had access to at this time.
At that same time, Otto Gray took over the group as Billy McGinty decided
to retire to his ranch and also duties as a postmaster at Ripley, Oklahoma.
Under Gray's leadership, they became known as "Otto Gray and His Oklahoma
Cowboys." And later, they were reportedly appearing on other larger radio
stations in the West and Middle West, but no mention was made.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
Group members included:
- Otto Gray
- Mrs. Otto Gray known as "mommie"
- Owen Gray ("Zeb")
- Wade Allen ("Hy")
- Lee Allen ("Zeke")
- "Chief" Sanders
Credits & Sources
- Songs; Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys; Publisher and Publish Date