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L E’s Stories – “Mr. Cool On The Court And Mr. Smooth On The Bass Guitar” – The Beautiful Life and Wonderful Story Of Wayman Tisdale

Having just finished a post on the life and legend of country music icon, Toby Keith…..and finding myself completely moved by his incredible lifetime of kindness and love for Mother, God and Country…..while coming to realize that one of Keith’s best and longest friends was Oklahoma University’s three-time All American basketball player…..who had an outstanding 12 year NBA career where he averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds a game as a 6’9″ power forward…..who left the game as a young man to become an equally outstanding and extraordinary smooth jazz bass guitar player named Wayman Tisdale.   As a  “brother of another mother” to both Toby and Wayman…..after being raise in Midland, TX…..which is pretty dang near the spitting image of Norman, OK and Tulsa,OK…..as everything is pretty much the same in those three places….CATTLE, OIL and COTTON…..so, I know these hombres….. which makes this a very special post to me…..cuz their stories are my stories…..just with different names.  I cry every time I watch Toby sing Wayman’s Song…..for their lifelong friendship as two young boys growing up as native sons of the great state of Oklahoma…..while both being huge lifetime Oklahoma Sooners fans…..which brought them together under numerous circumstances at OU functions…..whereby they became very good, stay in constant contact friends with each other…..while even recording music together.  The first two videos of Wayman Tisdale’s video life story were chosen because they are both “perfect evidence” of who each legend were at the core of their heart and soul…..with the Tisdale song “Grateful” being a testament to Wayman’s strength of Faith in God…..along with his gratefulness for all that He had done for him in his life. 

  

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From His Album “Rebound” – 2008 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Sings “Grateful”

 

 

 

As we were nearing the conclusion of the Toby Keith post…..we began to realize that the friendship between Wayman Tisdale and Toby Keith was one that was Heavenly made…..which proves once again that God works in strange ways…..for we now believe that Wayman Tisdale was Toby Keith’s “warrior angel” here on Earth.  Yes, God gave Wayman incredible basketball talents enough to lead the nation in scoring…..and unparralleled musical talents to create uplifting “mind resting” smooth jazz music for folks to listen too….. while playing a upside-down regular guitar left-handed….and never learning to read music…..while playing totally by ear…..WOW…..but God also brought about the friendship between Wayman and Toby as an ultimate preparation in order to lighten the load of Toby’s two-plus year fight against his stomach cancer…..which ultimately killed him.  God understood that Toby would need the example of Wayman’s two-plus year battle with his cancer…..as Keith got to see how Wayman’s faith carried him peacefully throughout the entire ordeal, even on the darkest days…..so, Toby Keith was prepared for his own battle by his “warrior angel” friend.  The video of Toby singing the song he wrote for Wayman after his death is “proof in the pudding” that these two men were meant to be good friends…..cuz at the end of the day…..they both needed each other while living through each of their “life’s tragedy”…..but now these two American legends are playing music together for eternity…..which simply indicates that God likes country music and smooth jazz, of course.                                                                                              

                                 

               

 

Music – Toby Keith – From the Album “American Ride” – 2009 – A Toby Keith Production Special – Toby Keith Sings “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)”                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale & Toby Keith Duet – From The Wayman Tisdale Album “Rebound” – 2008 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Toby & Wayman Perform “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up”

 

 

 

Wayman Lawrence Tisdale (June 9, 1964 – May 15, 2009) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a smooth jazz bass guitarist…..who was a three-time All American at the University of Oklahoma…..while being elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

 

 

 

NCAAM & NBA & Music – Special – Wayman Tisdale’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony  – 2009 – An Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Production Special – “Wayman Lawrence Tisdale Biography”

 

 

 

Tisdale was born in Fort Worth, Texas…..where his father, Louis Tisdale, was a well-known pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma…..while serving for 21 years as senior pastor of Friendship Church…..when after his father died in 1997, the former Osage Expressway in Tulsa was named L.L. Tisdale Parkway in his honor….. then Wayman’s older brother Weldon served as the church’s pastor from 1997–2018.  Growing up, Tisdale was not interested in basketball…..which was evidenced when older brothers Weldon and William played pickup games…..but Wayman usually quit before they finished…..while retreating to the family’s sandbox……however, Tisdale began taking to the sport in the 8th grade when he 1st learned to dunk.  He met his future wife Regina in April 1981 at church…..when they were juniors at different Tulsa high schools…..as she did not know he was one of the most heavily recruited basketball players in the country.                                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

High School Basketball & NCAAM – 1979 T0 1981 – Tulsa Booker T. Washington High School Basketball Special – “Wayman Tisdale Self-Motivation Special”                                                                                                           

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From The Album “21 Days” – 2003 – A domi822 Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Performs “Secret Place”

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From The Album “21 Days” – 2003 – A domi822 Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Performs “Psalm 91”

 

 

 

Tisdale called music his “first love.”…..albeit, throughout his youth, and continuing through his college basketball career, he played bass guitar at his father’s church.  Music and church were so important to Tisdale that after recruiting him to the University of Oklahoma, Sooners head coach Billy Tubbs changed the team’s practice schedule…..when he moved the team’s Sunday practice from the morning to the evening to allow Tisdale to play at Sunday morning services in his father’s church in Tulsa.                                                          

 

 

 

Music – Wayuman Tisdale Live In Concert in Holdenville, Oklahoma (Entire Set) – 1992 – A Tracy Carter Production Special – “A Rare Live Wayman Tisdale Concert Playing With Benard Wright, Bobby Gonzales, Derek Organ and Tom Braxton (All Great Musicians!!)”

 

 

 

Tisdale graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma…..where he grew up.  As a college player at the University of Oklahoma from 1982 to 1985, he was a three-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year…..as well as being the 1st player in collegiate history to be named a first-team All American by the Associated Press in his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons…..where he still holds the record at Oklahoma for the most points scored by any player through his freshman and sophomore seasons.  He won a gold medal as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team coached by Indiana University’s Bobby Knight….. which was the last gold medal winning American basketball team with amateur players…..then the Indiana Pacers made Tisdale the 2nd overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft…..with the New York Knicks picking just before him.                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – Big 8 Conference Game of the Week – Oklahoma Sooner Vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (Entire Game) – 1982/83 – A Virgil Moody Production Special – “Featuring Big 8 Player of the Year OU Freshman Wayman Tisdale”

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Finals (Entire Game) – Oklahoma Sooners Vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – 1985 – A Virgil Moody Production Special – “Wayman Tisdale Leads Sooners To Victory Over Karl Malone’s Bulldogs in Double Overtime”

 

 

 

Music & NCAAM Basketball – Oklahoma Sooners Basketball Feature – 1984 – An Oklahoma Sooners Production Special – “Wayman, Billy and Tha Boys” – A Wonderful Tribute To Wayman Tisdale and Sooner Basketball…..Those Were Good Times for OU Basketball!!

 

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – Big 8 Tournament Championship Game – Iowa State Cyclones Vs Oklahoma Sooners (Entire Game) – 1985 – A Todd Guske Production Special – “Sooners Topple Cyclones Led By Wayman Tisdale in 3rd All American Year in A Row As a Junior

 

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – NCAAM Midwest Regional Tournament Finals (Entire Game) – Memphis State Tigers Vs Oklahoma Sooners (Entire Game) – 1985 – A Virgil Moody Production Special – “Sooners Go Down To The Cyclones in Wayman Tisdale’s Final College Game” –  Completing His Junior Year After Winning His Third 1st Team All American Honor

 

 

 

As a power forward, Tisdale averaged over 15 points and six rebounds per game in a 12-season professional career with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Phoenix Suns. His best season was in 1989–90 with the Kings, when he averaged 22.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. Tisdale retired in 1997 to focus on his musical career.

 

 

 

NBA – Extended Highlights – The NBA Career Of Wayman Tisdale – 2019 – A Veoshock !! Production Special – “Wayman Tisdale – Tizz”

 

The outstanding freshman award in the NCAA is named the Wayman Tisdale Award.

 

 

 

NCAAM Basketball – Oklahoma Sooners Basketball Tribute To Wayman Tisdale – 2014 – An Oklahoma Sooner Basketball Production Special – “A Tribute To The Greatest Sooner Of Them All, Wayman Tisdale”

 

 

 

NBA Career Statistics

Regular season

 

Year

Team

GP

GS

MPG

FG%

3P%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

PPG

1985–86

Indiana

81

60

28.1

.515

.000

.646

7.2

1.0

.4

.5

14.7

1986–87

Indiana

81

15

26.7

.513

.000

.709

5.9

1.4

.6

.3

14.5

1987–88

Indiana

79

57

30.1

.512

.000

.783

6.2

1.3

.7

.4

16.1

1988–89

Indiana

48

5

27.6

.505

.000

.792

6.5

1.6

.7

.7

16.0

1988–89

Sacramento

31

30

35.7

.523

.744

9.6

1.7

.6

.6

19.8

1989–90

Sacramento

79

79

37.2

.525

.000

.783

7.5

1.4

.7

.7

22.3

1990–91

Sacramento

33

31

33.8

.483

.000

.800

7.7

2.0

.7

.8

20.0

1991–92

Sacramento

72

71

35.0

.500

.000

.763

6.5

1.5

.8

1.1

16.6

1992–93

Sacramento

76

75

30.0

.509

.000

.758

6.6

1.4

.7

.6

16.6

1993–94

Sacramento

79

77

32.4

.501

.808

7.1

1.8

.5

.7

16.7

1994–95

Phoenix

65

13

19.6

.484

.770

3.8

.7

.4

.4

10.0

1995–96

Phoenix

63

6

18.3

.495

.765

3.4

.9

.2

.6

10.7

1996–97

Phoenix

53

15

14.7

.426

.625

2.3

.4

.2

.4

6.5

Career

840

534

28.4

.505

.000

.760

6.1

1.3

.6

.6

15.3

Playoffs

 

Year

Team

GP

GS

MPG

FG%

3P%

FT%

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

PPG

1987

Indiana

4

0

27.0

.613

.565

4.0

2.3

.3

.0

12.8

1995

Phoenix

10

0

17.0

.451

.000

.643

3.0

1.1

.0

.4

7.3

1996

Phoenix

4

0

16.8

.333

.500

1.0

.5

.3

.3

5.3

1997

Phoenix

4

4

9.0

.400

1.8

.0

.0

.0

3.0

Career

22

4

17.3

.456

.000

.590

2.6

1.0

.1

.2

7.1

 

 

 

NBA – Game of the Week Extended Highlights – Indiana Pacers Vs Atlanta Hawks – 1988 – A Kent Blazemore Production Special – “Wayman Tisdale Dominates With 25 Points Vs Hawks”                                         

 

 

 

NBA – Game of the Week Extended Highlights – Indiana Pacers Vs Philadelphia 76’ers – 1986 – A LamarMatic Production Special – “Wayman Tisdale Dunks With Power Vs 76’ers”                                                       

 

 

 

NBA – Game of the Week Highlights On ESPN – Indiana Pacers Vs Washington Bullets – 1987 – A Ken Owen Video Vault Production Special – “Pacers Jack Ramsay, Chuck Person & Wayman Tisdale on Manute Bol’s Blocking Prowess”                                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

 

NBA – Wayman Tisdale Traded To Sacramento: Interview – 1989 – A Retro Basketball Highlights Production Special – “Wayman Tisdale All Smiles On His Arrival To The Sacramento Kings”                                                                                      

 

 

NBA – Wayman Tisdale Traded To Sacramento: Interview – 1989 – A Retro Basketball Highlights Production Special – “Wayman Tisdale All Smiles On His Arrival To The Sacramento Kings”                                                                

 

 

 

NBA – Special Chick Hearn’s Interview Of Sacramento Kings F Wayman Tisdale – A nonplayerzealot4  Production Special – “Lakers Announcer Chick Hearns Asks Great Questions of Wayman Tisdale”                                   

 

 

NBA – Game of the Week Highlights – Phoenix Suns Vs LA Clippers – 1995 – A
Nba Madeira
Production Special – “New Suns Danny Manning and Wayman Tisdale Highlights”     

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                        

 

 

Tisdale launched his music career with his debut album Power Forward in 1995 on the Motown Label. Primarily a bass player, he recorded eight albums, with the 2001 release Face to Face climbing to No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart.  He was awarded the Legacy Tribute Award by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2002.  In an ESPN internet chat, Tisdale said his musical influences included the funk bands of the 1970’s.  His most recent release (and his final album before his death), Rebound, was written and released after he was diagnosed with cancer.

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Rebound” – 1995 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale + Robert Wilson from The Gap Band Perform “Watch Me Play Again”

 

 

 

In March 2007, Tisdale underwent treatment for cancer in his knee (osteosarcoma), which was discovered after he fell down a flight of stairs at his home in Los Angeles on February 8, and broke his leg.  In May, Tisdale announced on his website that he was recovering from a procedure to remove the cyst, and expected to recover 100%.  He and Regina agreed not to tell their four children about his diagnosis until the fall of that year, when the entire family was together (their oldest daughter lives in Atlanta and their second-oldest was attending college at the time). However, the first round of chemotherapy was unsuccessful, leading to a second round. As Tisdale recalled later, “The doctor had never given anyone chemo that was my size. They just calculated how much chemo to give me and said, ‘We hope it doesn’t mess up your kidneys. If it does, sorry.”  He drew on some of the challenges he faced during his basketball career to battle the disease, specifically recalling, “I had some coaches that literally didn’t want me to make it, and one in particular was Bobby Knight. At the time I frowned on that … I look at it today that had I not persevered through a lot of the stuff he put me through, I probably wouldn’t be here today. I thank God for that dude because he pushed me.”  In August 2008, Tisdale had part of his right leg amputated because of the bone cancer. On his web site, Tisdale said removing a portion of the leg would be the best way to ensure that the cancer would not return.  In a video message at halftime of a September 28 Sooners’ football game, Tisdale affirmed he was doing well and that he was at peace following the operation.  

 

 

 

Music & Basketball – Wayman Tisdale – Special – 2008 – An ouhoopmaster Production Special – “Wayman Tisdale Discusses His Fight Against Cancer That Forced Him to Have His Leg Amputated, and Eventually Took His Life. You Would Have To Look Long and Hard To Find a Better Man Than He Was. 

 

 

 

Shortly after the operation, he was fitted for a prosthesis. Scott Sabolich, the clinical director, said that in his 21-year career he had never created a prosthesis as large as the one he had to design for Tisdale. Sabolich noted that it typically takes a new amputee from three to six months to acclimate to a prosthesis, while it took Tisdale a month. He proved to be equally quick in learning to walk on his new limb; a physical therapist Tisdale worked with in Tulsa said that he was months ahead of a typical patient in that respect. Tisdale’s experience led him to establish the Wayman Tisdale Foundation to raise funds to help amputees with the prosthetic process, which is not always covered by health insurance.

Music & Basketball & News – The Oklahoman News Report On Wayman Tisdale’s New Prosthetic Leg – 2008 – A The Oklahoman Video Archive Production Special – “Former OU Basketball Legend, NBA Star and Jazz Musician Wayman Tisdale Is Learning To Live With His New Leg”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

In April 2009, Tisdale accepted an award from the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, then set off on a 21-date national concert tour.                                                                

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – Live in Concert at the Cannon Ballroom in Memphis, TN – 2009 – A Brian Schodorf Production Special – “Wayman Tisdale’s Last Live Concert” – As Seen By Friend Saxophonist Dave Koz

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – Live in Concert on the Last Smooth Jazz Cruise – 2009 – A
Storyrocks
Production Special – Wayman Tisdale + Peter White Perform  – “Don’t Give Up The Fight” Just Months Before Wayman Tisdale’s Death

 

 

Tisdale died on May 15, 2009, at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where his wife had taken him when he had trouble breathing. She later confirmed that he died after his esophagus ruptured following radiation treatments for his cancer.  Tisdale’s agent described his death as a “great shock”…..and noted that Tisdale had been planning to go into the recording studio the following week for a project with jazz guitarist Norman Brown.  On May 21, 2009, 4,000 mourners attended Tisdale’s memorial service at the BOK Center in Tulsa.  In June 2009, the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa announced that its new specialty health clinic in north Tulsa would be named in Tisdale’s honor.

 

 

 

 

Music & Basketball & News – ESPN Breaking News With Sage Steele + Avery Johnson – 2009 – An ouhoopmaster Production Special – “ESPN Breaking News of Wayman Tisdale’s Passing”                                         

 

 

 

Music & Basketball & Funerals – Scenes From The Wayman Tisdale Memorial Service – May 21, 2009 – A Tulsa World Production Special – “A Great Basketball Player, A Great Musician and An Even Greater Human Being.”                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

Music & Basketball – Michael Jordan Tribute To Wayman Tisdale – 2011 – A Brian Schodorf Production Special – “Exclusive Michael Jordan Interview Was Conducted As Part Of The Documentary Film, “The Wayman Tisdale Story” on the Former NBA Star and Jazz Musician”

 

 

 

According to the liner notes, Toby Keith’s 2009 album American Ride is “dedicated in memory of Wayman and Noel McFarland.” The album includes the song “Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song),” a tribute to Tisdale featuring Keith, Dave Koz, Marcus Miller, and Arthur Thompson.  Keith had intended to play the song at Wayman’s funeral but performed Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” instead because he wasn’t emotionally ready to play “Cryin’ for Me” (which opens with Wayman’s outgoing voicemail message.)  As seen in the video below, there is a line in “Wayman Song” that was extremely prophetic in Toby Keith life…..when he sings “You showed me how I’m supposed to live…..and now you showed me how to die”…..which lends credence to our belief that God put Wayman Tisdale on this Earth for many reasons…..with one being as Toby Keith’s own personal “Warrior Angel” to do exactly what this line from his song “Cryin’ For Me” says…..as Wayman Tisdale in fact did show him how to live and how to die…..when the  life’s story of each of these legendary men had so many parallels to each other…..especially from the time they were each diagnosed with terminal cancer.  Absolutely God’s Grace at work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

Music – Toby Keith – Official Music Video From the Album “American Ride” – 2009 – A Toby Keith Production Special – “Toby Keith’s Beautiful Tribute To His Good Friend Wayman Tisdale By Writing & Singing “Cryin’ For Me”

 

 

 

According to a note in the album sleeve, the song “Bright” by guitarist Peter White (Good Day, 2009) was dedicated “to the memory of Wayman Tisdale, whose spirit never failed to brighten our lives.”  White said: “The guy was always so happy, so positive, always had a smile, always made you feel great.  Even before his death, I’d always called this song ‘Bright,’ because it sounded uplifting and happy and funny. Then I realized that it would be the perfect song to dedicate to Wayman, because that was the way he came across to the world.”

 

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From The Album “Way Up!” – 2008 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale + Saxophonist Dave Koz Perform “My Son (A Song For Bubba)”                                         

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From The Album “Face To Face” – 1995 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Performs “When I Opened up My Eyes”

 

 

 

Discography

  • Power Forward (Motown, 1995)

  • In The Zone (Motown, 1996)

  • Decisions (1998)

  • Face to Face (2001)

  • Presents 21 Days (2003)

  • Hang Time (2004)

  • Way Up! (2006)

  • Rebound (2008)

  • Fonk Record: Featuring Tiz & Fonkie Planetarians (2010)

  • The Absolute Greatest Hits (2014)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

NOTE: 

We chose two cuts (20 total songs) from each of Wayman Tisdale’s 10 Albums in the video list below….. which we at ImaSportsPhile feel exhibit the incredible musical talents that Wayman Tisdale possessed…..as they all provide evidence of his love of God, family, music, basketball and life…..for this man mastered his natural talents of basketball and music……and through co-creating with God, he used his Heavenly talents to the utmost during his 44 years on this Earth…..which kinda makes me want to start a “BE LIKE WAYMAN” campaign…..you know, kinda like the “BE LIKE MIKE” campaign….. except “BE LIKE WAYMAN is about taking the talents God gave to you and mastering them through your own creation…..then using them for the betterment of humanity…..whereby, MJ also mastered his God given talents …..but seemingly more so for the betterment of the pocketbook…..cuz Wayman Tisdale would have never sold a shoe with his name to poor kids on the block…..who had to do all kinds of “street things” just to be able to afford “AIR”.  

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Power Forward” – 1995 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Performs His Song “Circumstance”

 

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Power Forward” – 1995 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Performs His Song “Gabrielle”                                                                             

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “In The Zone” – 1996 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Performs His Song “Watch Me Play”

 

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “In The Zone” – 1996 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Performs His Song “Summer Breeze Remix”                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Decisions” – 1998 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Performs His Song “Breakfast With Tiffany”                                                                          

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Decisions” – 1998 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Performs His Song “Mexicoco”                                                                                                    

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Face To Face – 2001 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale  Performs “Loveplay”                                                                                                                                 

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Face To Face – 2001 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale  Performs “Face To Face”                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                  

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album Presents 21 Days – 2003 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale & Carnell Murrell Perform “21 Days”                                                                         

 

 

 

 Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album Presents 21 Days – 2003 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale & Carnell Murrell Perform “Glory, Glory”                                                                         

 

 

 

 Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album Presents Hang Time – 2004 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Perform “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”                                                                

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album Presents Hang Time – 2004 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale Perform “Creative Juices”                                                                                                  

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Way Up! – 2006 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale + Jonathan Butler + Kirk Whalum Perform “Sunday’s Best”

 

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Way Up! – 2006 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale  Performs “The Shape Of Your Heart”

 

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Rebound – 2008 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale  Performs “Front Runna”                                                                                                                     

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album “Rebound – 2008 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale  Performs “One On One”                                                                                                          

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album Fonk Record: Featuring Tiz & Fonkie Planetarians – 2010 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale  Performs “If You Really Wanna Know (I Like It Fonk-Kaa”                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album Fonk Record: Featuring Tiz & Fonkie Planetarians – 2010 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale  Performs “Wayman’s Gotta Do It”                                         

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album Absolute Greatest Hits – 2014 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale  Performs “Starship”                                                                                   

 

 

 

Music – Wayman Tisdale – From the Album Absolute Greatest Hits – 2014 – A Wayman Tisdale – Topic Production Special – Wayman Tisdale  Performs “Ready To Hang”

 

 

 

Sometimes we get to a point while posting a persons video life story…..and we know we are at the end…..but we don’t want it to end…..cuz this mans beautiful story seemed liked it ended way too soon…..as it sure did feel that way.  The majority of folks would say that Wayman Tisdale’s life ended way too soon because of how much good he did for all of mankind…..and our world, especially today, needs more people with life’s message being more of Wayman Tisdale’s message…..however, since we know that God works in strange ways…..then maybe God is as great as we profess Him to be…..maybe more than we even know…..cuz I suggest that Wayman Tisdale was Toby Keith “Warrior Angel”…..who came to Earth with the mission from God to show Toby how to live…..and how to die…..while providing him with learned insight into how challenging the last 2 years of his life would be…..but, Wayman’s life emphasized the importance of keeping your Faith….. and you know what…..both men fought a horrible disease to their last breath…..while dying peaceful deaths…..with their families at their sides.  It is a simple formula written with God’s Grace.  It just takes believing in Jesus….and giving God all the glory for who and what you are.  Nothing More!  Wayman Tisdale did everything ~BIG~ BIG smile, big family, big goals, big dreams, big height, big bass player, big career…..and the most important big of all, Big God!  God took Wayman Tisdale’s big shoes off the shelf here on Earth…..cuz He knew that no one will ever be able to fill Wayman’s big shoes. Wow! What a inspirational story Wayman Tisdale was…..with a human spirit and will to live that was amazing!…..he just had such a beautiful spirit and soul that has given this world so much inspiration with your great God-given talents.  I have always believed that the comments of the folks who loved and appreciated any artist of any type were far more indicative and impactful than nearly anything written about that artist…..so, I am going to conclude this post about Wayman Tisdale with the following comment by one of his fans…..as it pretty much encapsulates who Wayman Tisdale really was, as follows:  “My younger brother and I met Wayman back in the summer of 1985 at The Kensington Galleria in Tulsa.  He was signing autographs and we were big fans of him and OU Basketball.  Wayman was so kind to us and graciously obliged by giving two small-town kids from Western Oklahoma (and several of our friends who weren’t there that day!) multiple autographs.  We were in such awe of him. Wayman was our sports hero, but that day he became even more special to us.  He treated us like friends. Oh that smile of his…my goodness, he was just an amazing human. I can vividly remember him hollering at us from across the mall as we were leaving, asking us if we were sure we didn’t have any more friends that needed his autograph!  Priceless memories for us. He was not only an exceptionally talented ball player and musician, he was first and foremost a Godly man who loved the Lord, his wife, family, friends and fans. He lived and loved fiercely.  He was simply the best.”  The fact of the matter is that only a person that can extrapolate a comment like that from an admiring fan can speak to the true greatness of Toby Keith’s “Warrior Angel” …..and his musical tribute like the following…..as we at ImaSportsPhile are so thankful for the opportunity to publish this video story of the life and legend of Wayman Tisdale.                                

 

 

Music – Photo Tribute to Wayman Tisdale – 2007 To 2009 – A Storyrocks Production Special – “Wayman Tisdale Hosted The Smooth Jazz Cruise For Three Years: 2007-2009…..With Toby Keith’s Tribute Song Set As A Backdrop For Photos And Videos of Wayman Tisdale During The Cruises…..Whose Emotion and Attitude Transferred to the Audience During Every Performance He Gave.  He Will Be Missed.”

 

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