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December 22, 2013

Preacher back in pulpit after variety of careers

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Family feels

the music

Loggins recalled growing up in a musical family. He said his mother used to sing with rock pioneer Bo Diddley in the 1960s.

He found an outlet for his singing while attending Connors State College in the late 1970s. He said he started Connors as a speech and drama major.

“I joined New Horizons, a band that was used for promotional purposes,” Loggins said, recalling that he was chosen as a lead singer after auditioning. He recalled singing some blues songs, some religious songs, some songs that were in the Top 40 at the time.

“We’d play at the Sheraton Skyline East, on the Betty Boyd Show (a popular Tulsa TV show at the time), the March of Dimes Telethon,” he recalled.

The band also opened for B.J. Thomas when the “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” singer performed at the Muskogee Civic Center.

Loggins now enjoys singing blues music at karaoke and gospel music at church. He can break out into either type of song at a moment’s notice.

He said he sees no difference between blues and gospel.

“You’ve got to feel it,” he said. “In gospel, you’ve got to feel the spirit in the music. In blues, you’ve got to visualize what you sing. You’ve got to be in the moment.”

Q&A

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE?

“I was born and raised at 606 S. Sixth St., right in front of People’s Funeral Home. Now, it’s Biglow Funeral Home.

“Most of my family brought me back. I’m the oldest child in the family.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MUSKOGEE?

“I love Muskogee because of the people and my friends. There is still prejudice in Muskogee. But people are just friendly. They stop and help people.”

WHAT WOULD MAKE MUSKOGEE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

“If someone would invest in some black clubs. What we need is someone to step up and put up some nice bistros and lounges in Muskogee. We need more things for kids to do, things for ages 16 to 19. We need to bring in more restaurants and businesses, such as Carl’s Jr. What I really think we need is to have a program to get young men to be deacons. Make this a better place.”

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING IN MUSKOGEE?

“Co-pastor at Little Rose Baptist Church.”

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

“I like to fish. I like to bowl. Have friends over. We play dominoes, cards.”

WHAT OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE DO YOU ADMIRE?

“My mother and father. I watched them suffer to raise kids. I saw Mother walk to work from Third Street clear to 32nd Street. When she got back from work, she cooked. She would not eat until the kids were fed. I watched my father walk to work. There is my grandmother Elizabeth Perkins, who helped raise me when Mother was dredging up a living.”

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU IN MUSKOGEE?

“When I was a black student. I became co-captain of the football team at West Junior High. I got to walk a white girl to the prom. I remember being called a n----- when I started at West Junior High.

“My next most memorable thing was when I was called to the ministry. Seeing my mother’s face.”

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP MUSKOGEE IN 25 WORDS OR LESS?

“I love Muskogee. But there’s no place for folks like us to have a good time.”

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