Personalities | The Oak Ridge Boys | Mainstream Country

(Gospel vocal quartet, 1964–present)

With roots stretching back to the Second World War as the gospel Oak Ridge Quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys made the shift to country music in 1973, when the line-up was Duane Allen (lead vocals, b. 1943), Joe Bonsall (tenor, b. 1948), Richard Sterban (b. 1943, bass) and Bill Golden (baritone, b. 1935) – replaced by Steve Sanders between 1987 and 1996. Their first hit was ‘Praise The Lord And Pass The Soup’ (1973), sharing credit with Johnny Cash and The Carter Family. The quartet impressed hugely during the 1970s and 1980s as one of the most entertaining acts of their era, topping the chart on 17 occasions, with ‘Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight’ (1979), ‘Elvira’ (1981) and ‘Bobbie Sue (1982) among their most memorable hits. They continue to present a fast-paced stage act accompanied by their own backing group.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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