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Oklahoma Profile: Sheb Wooley, part 1


February 19, 2021

Oklahoma’s significant contribution to American culture has been noted many times. Especially has the Sooner State produced performers who excelled in the fields of acting and singing.

One native son who had success in both endeavors was Shelby Fredrick Wooley, known professionally as “Sheb.” This year marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Wooley was born on April 10, 1921, in the western Oklahoma town of Erick. His parents were farmers and ranchers, like many other residents of Beckham County.

Sheb and his three brothers grew up around horses and, in time, Sheb became not only...

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