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The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The group was founded in the Sonata In B Minor, K.
27 - Uri Caine as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the s. Their name was changed to the Oak Ridge As I Walk Thru The Valley - The Oak Ridge Quartet - The Fabulous Oak Ridge Quartet In Concert in the early s, and they remained a gospel group until the mids, 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 "" Bobbie Sue "and " American Made " consists of Duane Allen leadJoe Bonsall tenorWilliam Lee Golden baritoneand Richard Sterban bass.
Golden and Allen joined the group in the mids, and Sterban and Bonsall joined in the early s. Aside from an eight-year gap —95 when Golden left the group and was replaced, this lineup has been together since and continues to tour and record. The core group that would eventually lead to the Oak Ridge Boys was a country group called Wally Fowler and the Georgia Clodhoppersformed in in Knoxville, Tennessee. They were requested to perform for 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.
This group began recording in InFowler 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 As I Walk Thru The Valley - The Oak Ridge Quartet - The Fabulous Oak Ridge Quartet In Concert , so they lowered their arrangements and had Gatlin sing tenor while the pianist, Tommy Fairchild, sang lead.
They recorded an album for Cadence Recordsthen in they hired Willie Wynn to As I Walk Thru The Valley - The Oak Ridge Quartet - The Fabulous Oak Ridge Quartet In Concert the tenor part, Fairchild moved back exclusively to the piano. They recorded an album on the Checker Records labelone on Stardayand three on Skylite.
InGatlin changed the group's name to "the Oak Ridge Boys" because their producerBud Praeger, thought "Oak Ridge Quartet" sounded too old-fashioned for their contemporary sound. 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  who later became a mainstay in the Kingsmen Quartet was chosen to be his replacement. They made one album for Festival Debil Intro - Die Ärzte - Doktorspiele Früher (Früher Bis Kurz Darauf), one for Stateswood Skylite's budget labeland two more for Skylite.
Hammill did not get along with the rest of the group, and William Lee Goldena 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 inGolden joined as baritone. The group recorded another album for Starday and another on Skylite in InGatlin left the group to become a minister of music and, on Golden's recommendation, Duane Rise Again - The Martin Shackleton Family - By Requestformerly of the Southernairs Quartet and more recently baritone of the Prophets Quartetwas 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 Artistsand then began recording on the Heart Warming label. Between and 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 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 late OctoberRichard Sterbanthe bass with J. This closely followed what was possibly the Stamps Quartet's most famous moment, backing As I Walk Thru The Valley - The Oak Ridge Quartet - The Fabulous Oak Ridge Quartet In Concert Presley in his 10 June concert at Madison Square Garden.
Joe Bonsalla Philadelphia native who was a member of the Keystone Quartet and recording on Duane Allen's Superior label, joined in October coincidentally, both Sterban and Bonsall had been members of the Keystones during the late '60s, recording much of the ORB's material.
The group's lineup would remain consistent for the next 15 years. After opening a series of shows for Roy Clarkthe Oak Ridge Boys moved in to the Columbia label, for whom they made three albums and several singles. In earlythey 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 As I Walk Thru The Valley - The Oak Ridge Quartet - The Fabulous Oak Ridge Quartet In Concert 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. Indespite 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. Two songs from that album reached the top five on the country charts, and their next album, Room Serviceingave them two more, including their first number-one hit, " I'll Be True to Look At Where We Are - Hot Chip - In Our Heads ".
A compilation album simply titled Greatest Hitscontaining 10 singles from the previous four albums, was released in the fall of The group's sixth album, Fancy Freereleased early incontained the Dallas Frazier -penned song " Elvira ".
This Без Ботвы - Кирпичи - Сила Ума the group's most widely known song, and Fancy Free is their best-selling album.
Their version of the song was a number-one country hit, and in July reached No. The doo-wop -style title track from Bobbie Suetheir seventh album, was another crossover hit, reaching No.
That album also spawned the group's first U. Their album American Madereleased in Januarycreated controversy when the title track became the source of a TV ad for Miller Beer. The original opening lines say:. 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. Their next album was Greatest Hits 2released in July In they released their 12th album, Step on Out. The group recorded two albums inone of which was a second Christmas album, and in they recorded a single called "Take Pride in America", which was used in television public service announcements about recycling.
It was the first with new producer Jimmy Bowen, and was the group's last album before the 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 Golden complained that he felt like the "odd man out". 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.
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 RecordsCapitol 's Nashville-based labelfor 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.
What Are We Made Of - Sissel - De Beste 1986-2006 gave notice in latebut 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 Adagio - Joseph Haydn, Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Dorati - Haydn, The Symphonies, Symphonies 57 - from his brother-in-law Paul Martin.
Martin had previously replaced J. Pennington as lead singer of Exile in the early s until that band's disbanding. That year they made a two disc Waiting For You (Sinewave Surfers Full Metal Mix) - Narcotic Thrust - Waiting For You (File) set, "Revival" their first full gospel album since with Leon Russell producing.
In 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. 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 In the first four years of teaming with Dove Award -winning producer Michael Sykes, the quartet released a full-length gospel album From The Hearttheir fourth Christmas album Inconvenient Christmasa patriotic album Colorsa bluegrass album The Journeyand a quasi-compilation, titled Common Threadcontaining newly recorded versions of older gospel songs, as well as material from 's The Journey.
Another Christmas album, "Christmas Cookies", followed in In the group completed the album, Front Row Seatsa return to mainstream country music with modern, aggressive arrangements and song selection. They were The King Is Coming - The Florence Family Singers - The King Is Coming! featured performers at the Secret City Festival and were given a tour of the Y National Security Complex's historic Calutrons used to separate the uranium for Little Boy, the first atomic bomb used in warfare.
While there a street was renamed the Oak Ridge Boys Way in their honor. The project debuted at No. The album was produced by Dave Cobb who was introduced to the group by Shooter Jennings. The album debuted at No. It contains twelve tracks: five new songs and seven re-recorded hits from the late s.
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. In May, the group made a return to their southern gospel roots with the release of Back Home Again.
The album, featuring mostly acoustic arrangements, was produced by Ben Isaacs of The Isaacs. The project features traditional standards, both secular and spiritual, as well as new material. 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.
On August 21,they revealed a collaboration recording of their hit "Elvira". This collaboration was recorded with Sing-Off -winning, country a cappella group Home Freewho uploaded the video to their YouTube channel. The video was an instant hit, reaching 90, views within the first 20 hours of it being uploaded.
It was presented by Kenny Rogers a previous inductee. Bushin Houston, Texas, and sang " Amazing Grace " during the service. Department of Justice to help raise awareness of elder fraud. 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. Page then took the baritone position. Academy of Country Music Awards. Country Music Association Awards.
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