Jamie Oldaker represents a pillar in the drumming community. Over the past three decades he has toured and recorded with some of popular music's greatest artists: Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Stephen Stills, Peter Frampton, to name a few. But Jamie has worn many hats within the music industry. His vast and varied experience helps to solidify the credibility of his many roles
Tulsa, OK, native Jamie Oldaker was born on September 5, 1951. He began playing drums at the age of nine after hearing a recording by jazz great Gene Krupa.
By the time he was in high school, Oldaker was gigging regularly in the Tulsa area, and in 1971 he joined Bob Seger's band, working with Seger through 1973. In 1974 he joined Eric Clapton's band during the 461 Ocean Boulevard sessions and remained through 1980, with a second stint from 1983 to 1986. Oldaker has also worked with the Bellamy Brothers, Asleep at the Wheel, Peter Frampton, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell, Ace Frehley, Freddie King, the Bee Gees, and many others as both a session and touring drummer.
He was a founding member of the Tractors, who hit platinum out of the gate with their self-titled debut album on Arista Records in 1994. Along the way Oldaker learned about all facets of the music business, working in artist management, music publishing, and as a producer, putting together an all-star album, Mad Dogs & Okies, centered around songs written by Oklahoma natives and featuring performances by Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, J.J. Cale, Peter Frampton, Tony Joe White, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Bramlett, and others.
Mad Dogs & Okies was released on Oldaker's own Mint Blue Island label, in conjunction with Concord Records, in 2005.
In 2010, Oldaker was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Oldaker was involved in working with the organizers and the building of the OKPOP museum in Tulsa. He and his wife, Mary, were also hosts of an annual fundraiser, MOJO Fest, to raise money for the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.
The drummer passed away at his Tulsa home, July 16, 2020 surrounded by his family. He had battled cancer in recent years.