“Oklahoma!” was not always the official state song, although it’s the only one most OCCC students have ever heard.
In his speech on campus April 16, former Gov. George Nigh outlined his strategy in the Legislature to replace an earlier tune with the Rodgers and Hammerstein version so widely known today.
He thought the song “Oklahoma!” portrayed the beauty of the state.
“I was very concerned with what people saw when they heard the word — what was their image — when they heard ‘Oklahoma.’”
This was said during his Public Affairs Forum speech in the Visual Performing Arts Center atrium. Nigh, at age 87, was the second in a series of former Oklahoma governors slated to share their experiences in office with students on campus.
Nigh described a time when he was listening to the number one hits on the radio in 1943.
“Wow! The number one song they were singing was about — our state,” Nigh said.Read More