Harold Dennis “Bingo” Sloan, a multi-instrumentalist who was a part of the Tulsa music scene for decades, died Saturday, November 27. He was 73 years old.
Sloan, who grew up in Broken Arrow and attended the University of Oklahoma, loved the Beatles and was inspired to start his own band. He was a founding member of the Urchins in 1965, teaming up with Ronnie White, Scott Nutter and Johnny Johnson.
In the 1970s Sloan performed with Sundog, the Magic Empire Band, Dwight Twilley and Big Sky with White and Randy Cochran.
From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Sloan was a member of the Mystery Band, which was one of Tulsa’s top bar bands.
“For a certain group of musicians in Tulsa, he was an integral part,” Twilley said. “He played a role in the lives of a lot of people.”
Sloan has been on the Twilley Don’t Mind Tour and was part of the Twilley Band during an appearance on the TV show “Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert”.
Twilley, who shared stories with members of the Mystery Band, became a successful performer in the band following a 1990 tragedy. Bassist Jim Parmley was killed and singer-guitarist Chris Campbell was hospitalized following a car accident while the band were returning from a gig at the Shangri-La on Grand Lake.