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The Oak Ridge Boys
The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in

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(l–r: Bonsall, Allen, Golden, Sterban)Background informationAlso known asThe Oak Ridge Quartet (formerly)OriginOak Ridge, Tennessee, United StatesGenresCountry, southern gospel, doo wop, popYears active1973-1986; 1995-present (current lineup)Associated actsJohnny Cash, The Statler BrothersWebsitewww.oakridgeboys.comMembersJoe Bonsall
Duane Allen
William Lee Golden
Richard Sterban

The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. Their name was changed to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s, and they remained a gospel group until the mid-1970s, when they changed their image and concentrated on country music.

The lineup which produced their most well-known country and crossover hits (such as "Elvira" (1981), "Bobbie Sue" (1982), and "American Made" consists of Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall (tenor), William Lee Golden (baritone), and Richard Sterban (bass). Golden and Allen joined the group in the mid-1960s, and Sterban and Bonsall joined in the early 1970s. Aside from an eight-year gap (1987–95) when Golden left the group and was replaced, this lineup has been together since 1973 and continues to tour and record.

Contents
  • 1 History
    • 1.1 The Oak Ridge Quartet
    • 1.2 1962–1973
    • 1.3 1974–1986
    • 1.4 1987–1999
    • 1.5 2000–present
  • 2 Discography
  • 3 Personnel
    • 3.1 Timeline
  • 4 Awards and honors
    • 4.1 Other honors
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links
History The Oak Ridge Quartet

The core group that would eventually lead to the Oak Ridge Boys was a country group called Wally Fowler and the Georgia Clodhoppers, formed in 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee. They were requested to perform to staff members and their families restricted during World War II at the nuclear research plant in nearby Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They were asked to sing there so often that eventually they changed their name to the Oak Ridge Quartet. And because their most popular songs were gospel, Fowler decided to focus solely on southern gospel music. At the time, the quartet was made up of Wally Fowler, Lon "Deacon" Freeman, Curly Kinsey, and Johnny New. This group began recording in 1947.[1] Wally Fowler And The Oak Ridge Quartet were members of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940s.[2] In 1949, the other three men split from Fowler to form a new group, Curley Kinsey and the Tennessee Ridge Runners, so Fowler hired an existing group, the Calvary Quartet, to re-form the Oak Ridge Quartet. In 1957, Fowler sold the rights to the "Oak Ridge Quartet" name to group member Smitty Gatlin in exchange for forgiveness of a debt. As a result of more personnel changes, the group lost its tenor, so they lowered their arrangements and had Gatlin sing tenor while the pianist, Tommy Fairchild, sang lead. They recorded an album for Cadence Records, then in 1958 they hired Willie Wynn to sing the tenor part, Fairchild moved back exclusively to the piano. At this point the group consisted of Fairchild at the piano, Wynn, Gatlin (singing lead), baritone Ron Page, and bass Herman Harper. They recorded an album on the Checker Records label, one on Starday, and three on Skylite. In 1961, Gatlin changed the group's name to "the Oak Ridge Boys" because their producer, Bud Praeger, thought "Oak Ridge Quartet" sounded too old-fashioned for their contemporary sound.

1962–1973

In 1962, Ron Page left, and the group hired Gary McSpadden (who had filled in for Jake Hess in the Statesmen Quartet) as baritone with the understanding from Jake Hess that when he was ready to start a group, he would recruit McSpadden. They recorded another album on Skylite, and then two groundbreaking albums on Warner Brothers. When Hess followed through on that promise, McSpadden quit to join a new group Hess was forming, the Imperials. Jim Hammill[3] (who later became a mainstay in the Kingsmen Quartet) was chosen to be his replacement. They made one album for Festival Records, one for Stateswood (Skylite's budget label), and two more for Skylite. Hammill did not get along with the rest of the group, and William Lee Golden, a newcomer to the music industry, felt that Hamill was hurting the group and asked the group if he could be Hammil's replacement. After Hamill's retirement from the group in 1964, Golden joined as baritone.

The group recorded another album for Starday and another on Skylite in 1965. In 1966, Gatlin left the group to become a minister of music and, on Golden's recommendation, Duane Allen, formerly of the Southernairs Quartet (and more recently baritone of the Prophets Quartet), was hired to replace him. With Willie Wynn still singing tenor and Herman Harper as bass, the group made another album for Skylite, one for United Artists, and then began recording on the Heart Warming label. Between 1966 and 1973 they made 12 albums with Heart Warming, and the company also released several compilation albums on which they were included during those years. The group also had an album on Vista (Heart Warming's budget label) that included unreleased songs from previous sessions. Harper left the group in 1968 to join the Don Light Talent Agency, before starting his own company, The Harper Agency, which remains one of the most highly-reputable booking agencies in gospel music. Noel Fox, formerly of the Tennesseans and the Harvesters, took over the bass part. In 1970, the Oak Ridge Boys earned their first Grammy award for "Talk About the Good Times".

In late October 1972, Richard Sterban, the bass with J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet left that group and joined the Oak Ridge Boys. This closely followed what was possibly the Stamps Quartet's most famous moment, backing Elvis Presley in his 10 June 1972 concert at Madison Square Garden. The quartet that appeared on "Hee Haw" in 1972 consisted of Willie Wynn, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban. Joe Bonsall, a Philadelphia native who was a member of the Keystone Quartet and recording on Duane Allen's Superior label, joined in October 1973 (coincidentally, both Sterban and Bonsall had been members of the Keystones during the late '60s, recording much of the ORB's material). That same year the Oak Ridge Boys recorded a single with Johnny Cash and the Carter Family, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Soup", that put them on the country charts for the first time. The group's lineup would remain consistent for the next 15 years.

1974–1986

After opening a series of shows for Roy Clark, the Oak Ridge Boys moved in 1973 to the Columbia label, for whom they made three albums and several singles. In early 1976, they toured Russia for three weeks with Roy Clark. They went from being one of the top acts on Heart Warming to nearly the bottom on Columbia in terms of promotion. Columbia did not service the gospel radio stations like Heart Warming did, leaving the impression that the Oak Ridge Boys were leaving gospel music, which hurt the group's popularity among its core fan demographic. While promoting the single "Heaven Bound", the Oak Ridge Boys made appearances on The Mike Douglas Show and The Merv Griffin Show, both nationally syndicated in the United States and Canada. In 1976, despite having been picked by Paul Simon to sing backup on "Slip Slidin' Away", the group asked to be released from its contract with Columbia after its single, "Family Reunion", was only a lukewarm success. Columbia complied with the request, and the band immediately made a live album that was a mix of gospel and country on their own label.

In 1977 the Oak Ridge Boys fully switched from gospel to country with the release of their first ABC Records (later absorbed by MCA) album, Y'all Come Back Saloon. Two songs from that album reached the top five on the country charts, and their next album, Room Service, in 1978, gave them two more, including their first number-one hit, "I'll Be True to You". The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived was released in 1979, and Together followed in 1980. A compilation album simply titled Greatest Hits, containing 10 singles from the previous four albums, was released in the fall of 1980. This same year, the Oak Ridge Boys also made a brief cameo appearance on The Dukes of Hazzard (season 3, "State of the County").

The group's sixth album, Fancy Free, released early in 1981, contained the Dallas Frazier-penned song "Elvira". This remains the group's most widely known song, and Fancy Free is their best-selling album. "Elvira" had been recorded by other artists, including Frazier himself in the late 1960s and The First Edition in 1970, but the Oak Ridge Boys were the first to have a hit with it. Their version of the song was a number-one country hit, and in July 1981 reached No. 5 on the pop charts.

The doo-wop-style title track from Bobbie Sue, their seventh album, was another crossover hit, reaching No. 1 on the country charts and No. 12 on the pop charts. That album also spawned the group's first U.S.-released music video, for the song "So Fine". (A video was made for "Easy", from the Y'All Come Back Saloon album, but was never released in the U.S.) The group also recorded The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas album in 1982.

Their album American Made, released in January 1983, created controversy when the title track became the source of a TV ad for Miller Beer. The original opening lines say:

My baby is American made
Born and bred in the USA

Miller's ads used slightly different words:

Miller's made the American way
Born and brewed in the USA

The Oak Ridge Boys did not want the song used in the ads, but had no part in the decision. The group would not sing it during the commercial's run.

The group made three albums over the next three years. The late-1983 album Deliver provided two number-one singles, one of which, "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes", was written by Randy VanWarmer, who had a hit in 1979 with "Just When I Needed You Most". Their next album was Greatest Hits 2, released in July 1984. Unlike the 1980 Greatest Hits album, this one included two new songs, "Everyday" and "Make My Life With You", both number-one country hits. In 1985 they released their 12th album, Step on Out. The title cut was written by ex-Byrd Chris Hillman and former Crawdaddy magazine editor Peter Knobler. The group recorded two albums in 1986, one of which was a second Christmas album, and in 1987 they recorded a single called "Take Pride in America", which was used in television public service announcements about recycling.

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In 1987 Where The Fast Lane Ends was released. It was the first with new producer Jimmy Bowen, and was the group's last album before the 1987 departure of William Lee Golden. Golden's departure was preceded by much discussion—both by the public and other members of the group—about his "mountain man" appearance after he stopped cutting his hair and beard altogether, as well as his cutting solo material for MCA Records, releasing the critically acclaimed American Vagabond in 1986. Golden complained that he felt like the "odd man out".[citation needed] He was replaced by the band's guitarist, Steve Sanders.

The group released four more albums for MCA, including a third Greatest Hits album that contained a previously unreleased single they had recorded for the Take Pride In America campaign. They moved to RCA Nashville and made three albums there, including Best Of The Oak Ridge Boys which included a single they had made for the My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys movie soundtrack. The move to RCA did not work out because the person who had signed them there moved to another label shortly thereafter, and his replacement wanted to promote Alabama more than the Oak Ridge Boys. They switched again and signed with Liberty Records, (Capitol's Nashville-based label), for whom they made their third Christmas album.

Baritone Steve Sanders had been dealing with personal problems (including serious issues with his ex-wife) for some time, and they were increasingly becoming problems for the rest of the group as well. He gave notice in late 1995, but then walked out mere hours before a concert. The group called Duane Allen's son, Dee, to fly there and fill in; he did so for the remainder of the year, with occasional help from his brother-in-law Paul Martin. (Martin had previously replaced J.P. Pennington as lead singer of Exile in the early 1990s until that band's disbanding.) At midnight on New Year's Day 1996, at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana, Golden returned to the group. That year they made a two disc gospel set, "Revival" (their first full gospel album since 1976) with Leon Russell producing. This was sold on TV and later by the Oak Ridge Boys themselves at concerts and through the mail. In 1998 Sanders committed suicide.

Over the next few years, the group collaborated on an album with polka instrumentalist Jimmy Sturr and then made an album for Platinum Records called Voices.

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After nearly a decade of dealing with problems such as labels that had little interest in promoting The Oak Ridge Boys, studio breakdowns, and sluggish sales, the group's fortunes changed when they signed with Spring Hill Records in 2000. In the first four years of teaming with Dove Award-winning producer Michael Sykes, the quartet released a full-length gospel album (From The Heart), their fourth Christmas album (Inconvenient Christmas), a patriotic album (Colors), a bluegrass album (The Journey), and a quasi-compilation, titled Common Thread, containing newly recorded versions of older gospel songs, as well as material from 2004's The Journey. Another Christmas album, "Christmas Cookies," followed in 2005. In 2006 the group completed the album, Front Row Seats, a return to mainstream country music with modern, aggressive arrangements and song selection. The project spawned a minor top 40 hit with "It's Hard To Be Cool In A Mini-Van".

In 2007 the group appeared on Shooter Jennings' (son of Waylon Jennings) album The Wolf. This pairing would lead to The Boys Are Back, released on May 19, 2009, and named for the title song written by Shooter Jennings. The project debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and No. 77 on the Billboard Top 200. The album was produced by Dave Cobb who was introduced to the group by Shooter Jennings. Reviews were mixed, but most praised the cover of "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. 2010 was just as busy including a cameo appearance on the History Channel show Pawn Stars episode "Packing Heat", which aired on December 13, 2010.[4]

During the July 8, 2011 performance of the Friday Night Opry, Little Jimmy Dickens announced that the Oak Ridge Boys would become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry, effective August 6, 2011.[5][6][7][8]

In September 2011, the quartet released "It's Only Natural" through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store's music label. The album debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard Country albums chart, remaining in the Country top 40 for nearly two months. It contains twelve tracks: five new songs and seven re-recorded hits from the late 1980s. The first single off the album is "What-cha Gonna Do". A special 30th anniversary re-recording of "Elvira" is featured on the album as well.

2012 saw the release of two new studio albums. In May, the group made a return to their southern gospel roots with the release of Back Home Again. Along with gospel standards, the group covered John Denver's "Back Home Again" and Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors". The album, featuring mostly acoustic arrangements, was produced by Ben Isaacs (of The Isaacs). In September of the same year, Christmas Time's A-Coming, the group's sixth Christmas project, was released through Gaither Music Group and was also a featured title at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. The project features traditional standards, both secular and spiritual, as well as new material.

2013 found The Oak Ridge Boys celebrating the 40th anniversary of the current lineup of members with a special 40th Anniversary Tour, commemorative CD project, an Oak Ridge Boys-themed cruise, and a network television special.[9]

The Oak Ridge Boys release their first-ever live hits album Boys Night Out in April 2014 through Cleopatra Records. In an interview, Joe Bonsall said, "Here it is live and kicking with the audience singing with us. It's totally updated and different. I think for our real fans, this is going to be a gigantic treat, because our fans have clamored for a live album for years, and for people who don't know us or don't know us as well, to listen to this makes them go, "Oh wow, these guys are still sounding great, holy cow." I think it's going to be a good project for us all around."[10]

On August 21, 2015, they revealed a collaboration recording of their hit "Elvira". This collaboration was recorded with Sing-Off-winning, country a cappella group Home Free, who uploaded the video to their YouTube channel. The video was an instant hit, reaching 90,000 views within the first 20 hours of it being uploaded.[11]

On October 25, 2015, the Oak Ridge Boys were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during the Medallion Ceremony, in the category of modern era artists. It was presented by Kenny Rogers (a previous inductee).[12][13][14]

In 2017, the Oak Ridge Boys joined Third Day at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to record a cover version of Paul Simon's "Loves Me Like A Rock" for the Third Day album, Revival.

In December 2018, the Oak Ridge Boys attended the funeral of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, in Houston, Texas, and sung "Amazing Grace" during the Mass.[15]

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  • William Lee Golden – Baritone (1965–87; 1995–)
  • Duane Allen – Lead (1966–)
  • Richard Sterban – Bass (1972–)
  • Joe Bonsall – Tenor (1973–)

Former

  • Curly Kinsey – Bass (1945–47)
  • Lon "Deacon" Freeman – Baritone/guitar (1945–49)
  • Wally Fowler – Lead (1945–52)
  • Little Johnny New – Tenor (1945–49; 1952)
  • Monroe (Curley) Blaylock – Bass (1947–49)
  • Bob Weber – Bass (1949–56)
  • Pat Patterson – Baritone (1949–52) lead (1952–53)
  • Joe Allred – Tenor (1949–52; 1962–54)
  • Bob Prather – Baritone (1952)
  • Carlos Cook – Lead (1952–53) baritone (1953–68)
  • Calvin Newton – Lead (1953–56)
  • Cat Freeman – Tenor (1954–56)
  • Les Roberson – Baritone (1955–56)
  • Ron Page – Bass (1956)1
  • Bill Smith – Bass (1957)
  • Ronnie Page – Baritone (1957–62)
  • Smitty Gatlin – Lead (1957–58; 1959–66) tenor (1958–59)
  • Hobert Evans – Tenor (1957–58)
  • Wallace "Happy" Edwards – Tenor fill-in (1958)
  • Bobby Clark – Tenor (1958)
  • Tommy Fairchild – Lead (1958–59)
  • Herman Harper – Bass (1957–69)
  • Little Willie Wynn – Tenor (1959–73)
  • Gary McSpadden – Baritone (1962–63)
  • Big Jim Hamill – Baritone (1963–64)
  • Noel Fox – Bass (1969–72)
  • Steve Sanders – Baritone (1987–95)
  • Dee Allen – Baritone fill-in (late 1995)
  • Paul Martin – Baritone fill-in (late 1995)

Band

  • Boyce Hawkins – Piano (1949)
  • Bobby Whitfield – Piano (1950–52; 1954–1956)
  • Glen Allred – Guitar / vocals (1951–52)
  • Powell Hassell – Piano (1957–58)
  • Tommy Fairchild – Piano (1959–60; 1961–72)
  • Gary Trusler – Piano (1960)
  • James Goss – Piano (1960)
  • Mark Ellerbee – Drums (197?–75)
  • Marty Twinkles Glisson – Piano (1976 )
  • Don Breland – Bass guitar (197?–87)
  • Skip Mitchell – Guitar (1976–86)
  • Pete Cummings -Lead Guitar (1980-1983)
  • John Rich – Guitar and steel (1972–75)
  • Tony Brown – Piano and keyboards (1972–75)
  • Garland Craft – Piano (1975–81)
  • Paul Urick – Bass guitar (1987–early 1990s )
  • Chris Nole – Keyboard (2009–12)
  • Dewey Dorough – Saxophone, harmonica (1982–2000)[16]
  • Ron Fairchild – Keyboard (1980–2001, 2002–09, fill-in 2009–12, 2013–present)
  • Chris Golden – Acoustic guitar/mandolin (1995) drums (1996–2014)
  • Don Carr – Lead guitar (1991–2014)
  • Jimmy Fulbright – Keyboard (2001) bass guitar (2003–12)
  • Rex Wiseman – Various instruments (2006–present)
  • Jeff Douglas – Guitar and dobro (1995–present)
  • Scotty Simpson – Bass guitar (2013–present)
  • David Northup – Percussion/drums (2014–2017)
  • Roger Eaton- Lead Guitar (2014–present)
  • Austin Curcuruto – Percussion/drums (2017–present)

^1 Hired to be baritone in a group started by Wally Fowler called the Country Boys. The group was not ready to go and Ron Page auditioned and was employed as a bass fill-in for the Oak Ridge Quartet. This was initially to be for two months. The plan was to have Armond Morales take the slot when he got out of the Army, but the group went bust prior to this time and disbanded. Fowler decided to take the Oak Ridge Quartet name back and called the "Country Boys" the Oak Ridge Quartet. Page then took the baritone position.

Timeline Awards and honors

Academy of Country Music Awards

  • 1978: Top Vocal Group
  • 1981: Single of the Year – "Elvira"

Country Music Association Awards

  • 1978: Instrumental Group of the Year
  • 1978: Vocal Group of the Year
  • 1981: Single of the Year – "Elvira"
  • 1986: Instrumental Group of the Year

GMA Dove Awards

  • 1969: Album of the Year – It's Happening
  • 1970: Male Group of the Year
  • 1972: Male Group of the Year
  • 1972: Album of the Year – Light
  • 1973: Album of the Year – Street Gospel
  • 2002: Country Album of the Year – From The Heart
  • 2007: Country Song of the Year – "Jonah"
  • 2010: Long Form Music Video of the Year – A Gospel Journey

Grammy Awards

  • 1971: Best Gospel Performance (other than soul) – "Talk About the Good Times"
  • 1974: Best Gospel Performance (other than soul) – "Baptism of Jesse Taylor"
  • 1977: Best Gospel Performance (other than soul) – "Where the Soul Never Dies"
  • 1978: Best Traditional Gospel Performance – Just a Little Talk with Jesus
  • 1982: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal – Elvira
Other honors
  • 2000: Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame[17]
  • 2015: Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame[18]
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External links
  • The Oak Ridge Boys portal
  • Official website
  • The Oak Ridge Boys at AllMusic
  • 'The Oak Ridge Boys' Vocal Group Hall of Fame Page
  • Oak Ridge Boys biography at the Country Music Television website
  • Southern Gospel History: Oak Ridge Boys
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The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Duane Allen
  • Joe Bonsall
  • William Lee Golden
  • Richard Sterban
  • Steve Sanders
Studio albums
  • Y'all Come Back Saloon
  • Room Service
  • The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived
  • Together
  • Fancy Free
  • Bobbie Sue
  • American Made
  • Deliver
  • Step On Out
  • Seasons
  • Where the Fast Lane Ends
  • Heartbeat
  • Monongahela
  • American Dreams
  • Unstoppable
  • The Journey
  • Common Thread
  • A Gospel Journey
  • The Boys Are Back
  • It's Only Natural
Other albums
  • Greatest Hits
  • Greatest Hits 2
  • Greatest Hits 3
  • Christmas
Notable singles
  • "Y'all Come Back Saloon"
  • "You're the One"
  • "I'll Be True to You"
  • "Cryin' Again"
  • "Come On In"
  • "Sail Away"
  • "Dream On"
  • "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight"
  • "Trying to Love Two Women"
  • "Heart of Mine"
  • "Beautiful You"
  • "Elvira"
  • "(I'm Settin') Fancy Free"
  • "Bobbie Sue"
  • "So Fine"
  • "I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head (And Left My Heart Alone)"
  • "Thank God for Kids"
  • "American Made"
  • "Love Song"
  • "Ozark Mountain Jubilee"
  • "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes"
  • "Everyday"
  • "Make My Life with You"
  • "Little Things"
  • "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend"
  • "Come On In (You Did the Best You Could Do)"
  • "Juliet"
  • "You Made a Rock of a Rolling Stone"
  • "It Takes a Little Rain (To Make Love Grow)"
  • "This Crazy Love"
  • "Time In"
  • "True Heart"
  • "Gonna Take a Lot of River"
  • "Bridges and Walls"
  • "Beyond Those Years"
  • "An American Family"
  • "No Matter How High"
  • "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration"
  • "Lucky Moon"
  • "Change My Mind"
  • "Seven Nation Army"
Guest singles
  • "Same Ole Me" (with George Jones)
  • "When You Get to the Heart (with Barbara Mandrell)
  • "Out Goin' Cattin'" (Sawyer Brown with Joe Bonsall)
  • "Broken Trust" (with Brenda Lee)
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17th Avenue Revival
17th Avenue Revival
Recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A, The Oak Ridge Boys return to their roots with this brand new Gospel recording. Frequent guests on the Gaither Homecoming specials, this new project will appeal to country and Gospel music fans of all ages.

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$7.85



The Best of the Oak Ridge Boys: A Gospel Journey
The Best of the Oak Ridge Boys: A Gospel Journey
Television special featuring the American country and gospel group including live performances of their best loved gospel favourites with classic footage and photographs of their 36 years in music.

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$4.50
-$12.48(-73%)



Gold [2 CD]
Gold [2 CD]
The liners trace the Boys' trip from gospel quartet to country group to pop stars; the 35 tracks tell the tale in song! You'll find the best from all the above (and 15 country #1s) as you hear Elvira; Bobbie Sue; It Takes a Little Rain (to Make Love Grow); Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight; Make My Life with You; I'll Be True to You; Trying to Love Two Women; American Made; Love Song; Everyday; Little Things; So Fine , and more.

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$10.21



Rock Of Ages: Hymns & Gospel Favorites
Rock Of Ages: Hymns & Gospel Favorites
This all-new recording features the unmistakable harmonies that have made The Oaks a household name among country and gospel music fans for decades. Duane, William Lee, Joe and Richard have recorded 15 treasured classics, produced by the award-winning Ben Isaacs (Gaither Vocal Band). They are joined by country music legend Merle Haggard as well as The Isaacs. Complete with the warm tones of the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and harmonica, The Oaks breathe new life into these inspiring songs of faith.CD TRACK LISTING 1. In The Sweet By And By2. Rock Of Ages3. Sweet Jesus (The Oak Ridge Boys, Merle Haggard) 4. Angel Band5. There Is Power In The Blood6. In The Garden7. Hold To Gods Unchanging Hand8. I Love To Tell The Story9. Life s Railway To Heaven10. Time Has Made A Change In Me11. Blessed Assurance12. Father I Stretch My Hands To Thee 13. Farther Along14. Just A Little Talk With Jesus15. Peace Within (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs)

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When I Sing for Him--The Complete Columbia Recordings and RCA Singles (2 CD)
When I Sing for Him--The Complete Columbia Recordings and RCA Singles (2 CD)
Before “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue” catapulted them into the mainstream of commercial pop, The Oak Ridge Boys paid their dues as both recording artists and popular live performers. The band’s history was a long one, with the original Oak Ridge Quartet dating back to the 1940s. But the birth of The Oak Ridge Boys, as we know the group, really took place in 1973 at Columbia Records. That was when Joe Bonsall joined Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban to complete the foursome that still packs houses today. The Oak Ridge Boys recorded three albums for Columbia between 1973 and 1976, dipping their toes into pop, rock, and mainstream country for the first time while still embracing their gospel roots. Shockingly, none of these albums have ever been released on CD anywhere in the world—until now! Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are raising the curtain on this lost chapter of Oak Ridge Boys history with a definitive, new 2-CD anthology. When I Sing for Him: The Complete Columbia Recordings and RCA Singles boasts the group’s complete Columbia albums The Oak Ridge Boys, Sky High, and Old Fashioned, Down Home, Hand Clappin’, Foot Stompin’, Southern Style, Gospel Quartet Music, plus all of their period Columbia non-LP singles, and songs that only appeared on compilations. When I Sing for Him includes the Grammy-winning “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor” as well as homespun renditions of classics by Allen Toussaint, Paul Simon, Larry Gatlin, Kris Kristofferson, Dallas Frazier, Porter Wagoner, and Johnny Cash. The Man in Black even appears on two tracks here, leading the group on “No Earthly Good” and as a special bonus, Cash’s own single “Praise the Lord and Pass the Soup”—the Oaks’ first country chart entry. The Columbia years are joined by every single from another long overlooked period of their career, their 1990-1993 tenure at RCA Records, during the time in which Steve Sanders had replaced William Lee Golden. At RCA, the Oaks moved further into pop, even covering The Righteous Brothers’ “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” in their own inimitable style. This comprehensive collection brings the band full circle with a rousing, harmony-rich version of “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” Vic Anesini has remastered every track at Sony’s Battery Studios from the original tapes, and The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese has supplied the new liner notes. Throughout their career, The Oak Ridge Boys have never stopped singing for Him. Now, with When I Sing for Him: The Complete Columbia Recordings and RCA Singles, some of their rarest and most significant music is finally available again for you.

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$17.69


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