John Henry

John Henry

April 4, 1944 -- August 10, 2004

Born in Tulsa, Johnny David Henry grew up in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.  In 1959, John founded a band called Johnny & The Crossfires.  After graduating in 1962, he attended Northeastern State College, the University of Tulsa, and Central State College.  He was a deejay at KREK Sapulpa Radio Station and  KWPR Claremore Radio Station, attended Dallas Communications School, joined the Oklahoma National Guard, and trained in communications MOS.  Later, he started The Blue River Band and Johnny & The Teen Tones, featuring Alan Lambert, David Riley, Dan Maxey, Bill Crawford. 

His radio career included the KELI AM, KRAV, KGTO, KAKC, KBBJ, and KMOD radio stations. He started KMOD's Smokehouse Blues Show and on KQLL/KOOL, he hosted the Saturday Bandstand. 

Known as “Rockin’ John Henry”, he performed with music greats such as Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Freddy Cannon, Fabian, Dixie Cups, and The Blasters. 

Henry died suddenly of a heart attack in August 2004.