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Muskogee’s own Mike Settle, internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter who composed the smash hit But You Know I Love You and hundreds of other songs and lyrics over his lifetime, has been inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame (OMHF).
Settle, who moved along with his family to Muskogee when he was high school, made a rare appearance in Muskogee recently to accept the award and visit with family, friends and long-time Muskogee contacts. The honor was bestowed June 30 at a ceremony and reception at the OMHF.
Several past OMHF inductees attended, including internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano opera performer, Barbara McAllister, who now lives in Muskogee. She was inducted into the OMHF in 2013. Chick Rains, a 2008 inductee, was present, as well. Both are former Muskogee Central High School classmates of Settle.
There’s no doubt Settle has made a significant contribution to the world music scene as an Oklahoma songwriter and performer, said Amy Love, OMHF interim executive director.
Settle was influenced by many during his career. Yet, he credits well-known and talented Central High School choral director, the late Tom Yadon, who encouraged him to seek out his passion.
After high school, Settle moved to Oklahoma City University where he met fellow music student, Mason Williams. Williams, who was inducted into the OMHF in 2013, is best known for composing and performing Classical Gas, a blockbuster hit in 1968.
Williams formed a folk trio and introduced Settle to the coffee house scene on the East Coast. Settle did a couple of singles with the Cumberland Three and later followed one of its musicians into the Kingston Trio.
Some of the songs Settle wrote with Williams were mailed to the Richmond Organization, which landed Settle a publishing deal. Eventually, Settle became musical director for the New Christy Minstrels, which sealed his fate in another way. Settle was asked to audition a young Kenny Rogers over the telephone.
The late Rogers joined the singing group, and later they formed The First Edition, which eventually became Kenny Rogers and The First Edition.
The music industry royalty, publishing and licensing agency BMI lists more 100 original Mike Settle songs.