December 11, 1947 --
Tulsan Joey Hobart Crutcher has a long career in music despite the fact that his music teachers tried to discourage his early devotion to gospel. Joey’s mother reported that when the delivery men brought a piano to their home, he sat down and played “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Rev. John Henry Johnson and Don O’Banner had an outside influence on Joey’s gospel style. In school, Joey was pianist for the Boys’ Glee Club. During his stint in the Army, he was the chapel organist. After the military, he came back to Tulsa and attended Tulsa Junior College, Oklahoma Business College, and the Oklahoma School of Religion, where he studied church music.
In 1970, he married his childhood sweetheart, Leanna Johnson; the couple had four children and specialized in mass choirs and music directorship. Joey was Minister of Music for the New Heights Christian Center, the director for Love Connection Community Singers, Music Director for the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Music Coordinator at the University of Tulsa for the Unlimited Gospel Choir, and a musician for the Liberty Baptist Church..