By: Ann Bell Nicholson
Pam was born to parents, Eula Mae and Jeff Thompson. They were Tulsa residents. She was an only child. She was born on December 31, 1951 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pam graduated from Bishop Kelley High School and then the University of Oklahoma.
While a student in Norman OK, Pam joined a band called Sailor, her first professional singing job. Upon her return to Tulsa after finishing college, Pam attended a gig I was doing and from the crowd, I could hear her beautiful singing following along with me. I invited her on stage where she shyly, yet joyfully began to sing with our group. Years later, she shared with me that this was the beginning of her Tulsa singing career! With our shared love for life and music, we instantly became best friends. Pam sang with me in Phil Driscoll’s Band In St. Louis from 1972 to 1973. We returned to Tulsa in 1973 and she began singing with me in a band I had with Tulsa artist, Jim Sweney.
It wasn’t long until I introduced Pam to the great Leon Russell. She auditioned for Leon for the 1975 GAP Band tour. It didn’t take long for Leon to see her talents and she was hired! Pam was also was a member of The Magic Empire and The Mystery Band before moving to California. She met her husband, Andre Pickett, in Los Angeles soon after she moved there.
Not only was Pam my best friend, but she was also like a sister to me. Although my spirit is heavy, I am rejoicing for her entrance into heaven.