Fans are mourning the loss of Steve Ripley, leader of the country-rock band the Tractors, who died at the age of 69 on Thursday (January 3rd) at his home in Pawnee, Oklahoma following a battle with cancer. Ripley was the frontman for the Tractors in the 1990s when they scored their biggest hit, “Baby Likes to Rock It.”

Ripley continued as a recording artist, songwriter, producer, engineer, radio host (of the popular Oklahoma Rock & Roll series) and the inventor of the “stereo guitar,” utilized by fellow musicians including Eddie Van Halen, Ry Cooder and Dweezil Zappa.

Ripley also owned Tulsa’s Church Studio for 19 years, and played guitar with Bob Dylan, as well as producing and/or engineering projects for Leon Russell, J.J. Cale, Roy Clark and Johnnie Lee Wills.

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