Tulsa's Music Man: The Man You Didn't Know You Knew 6

Larry Shaeffer’s Legacy

Oklahoma is full of amazing and incredible people. They are from all walks of life and though may have different ethnicities, backgrounds, religious and political affiliations, etc. they share a commonality… passion. One such person is the owner of Little Wing Productions Larry Shaeffer of Tulsa. Below are three excerpts, one from each of three articles written about him.

In The Beginning, There Was music

He and his parents were walking along Denver Avenue one afternoon near what used to be the Cimarron Ball Room when he saw what he said was, “the most unbelievable vision he had ever seen”. At that moment he was blinded by these beams of sunlight that were reflecting off the rhinestones from the suit that Leon McAuliffe of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys band was wearing as he exited the ballroom.

The Road To Success

“The very next day I am flying to Nashville. As soon as I land, I take a cab to the King of the Road Hotel, walk in and ask what room Merle Haggard was in.” And without any hesitation from the desk clerk, he was given the room number. That knock on the door would open to the opportunity of which he had so dreamed.

On A Collision Course

By his own admission, his best years were 1975 to 1995. His focus on Cain’s Ball Room was paying off and it became a mecca for live music in Tulsa. Yet, even as a family man, he still could not stop chasing the big money and was “scratching and clawing” with the competition to bring in arena shows. His efforts were able to bring Prince, Judas Priest, Tina Turner, Van Halen, Willie Nelson, Kiss, Aerosmith, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and even the great Frank Sinatra.

To read these articles in their entirety, visit Uniquelahoma.com. 

  1. Larry Shaeffer at his office in Cain’s Ballroom circa late 1970s. Cain’s was Little Wing Central through the latter part of the 1970s until he sold it 25 years later.
  2. Larry hanging out with the legendary Chuck Berry.
  3. Larry Shaeffer backstage at the Peter Frampton show in 1976. This was a hugely successful show for him which allowed him to purchase Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.
  4. Larry Shaeffer at Oklahoma Jam circa late 1970s. Outdoor concerts were huge events during this time. Larry promoted several music festivals during his career as a promoter.
  5. Van Halen hanging out with Larry at his Cain’s office. This photo was taken during Van Halen’s early days. Cains Ballroom was a springboard for many up and coming bands during the late 1970s.
  6. Larry Shaeffer playing guitar at his current office. This photo was taken during the interview sessions for the Uniquelahoma articles. It fit well with another photo of him playing guitar at his desk 40 years earlier in his office at Cain’s Ballroom.
  7. A concert poster from Larry’s days with The Undertakers in the late 1960s. This was his only band.