Veteran disc jockey and recording artist Billy Parker, whose face and voice are instantly recognizable to hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, will visit the JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum on Saturday, March 19. He will be signing copies of his new autobiography, “THANK YOU – THANK YOU SO MUCH” (Babylon Books), which he wrote with co-authors John Wooley and Brett Bingham.
Copies of “THANK YOU – THANK YOU SO MUCH” will be available for $25 each at the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wooley and Bingham will also be present for the event.
Born in Tuskegee, Oklahoma, Parker started broadcasting and playing country music when he was still young. Later, after a stint on several Oklahoma radio stations and a two-year run as the frontman of Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours, he was asked to become an on-air personality at the flamethrower KVOO. of 50,000 watts from Tulsa. From there, he continued to land songs on the country music charts even as he built a national reputation as one of the top DJs in the entire country.
“THANKS – THANKS A LOT” provides readers with an in-depth look at how the country music recording and radio industry operated during Parker’s years at the helm of one of America’s premier nighttime trucker shows, and later as KVOO’s Director of Music and Operations. Additionally, his book provides rare insight into life on the road with Tubb and the other top country stars he shared stages and many recording studios with.
Many of these stars sent enthusiastic comments to “THANK YOU – THANK YOU SO MUCH.” One of the most enthusiastic was Dolly Parton, who wrote, “Billy Parker will always be one of the greatest…I’m proud he has this autobiography to really show who he was and who he is.”