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The Oak Ridge Boys are one of the best-known country and gospel bands in United States. They began their career as the Oak Ridge Quartet in 1945, singing gospel music and becoming popular during the 1950s. Their name was changed to the Oak Ridge Boys in 1961, and remained a predominantly gospel-oriented group until the late 60s, when they changed their image somewhat and concentrated more on country and pop music. By the 1970s, the band's lineup had become more or less consistent: lead singer Duane Allen, tenor Joe Bonsall, baritone William Lee Golden, and bass singer Richard Sterban. In 1977 they switched from gospel to country. With the release of their "Ya'll come Back Saloon" album.


They are best known for their hit song "Elvira" (1981).


The group was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.


Their 25 "country music" albums are

  • Ya'll Come Back Saloon (September 2, 1977)
  • Room Service (May 25, 1978)
  • The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived (March 30, 1979)
  • Together (March 30, 1979)
  • Greatest Hits (October 19, 1980)
  • Fancy Free (March 26, 1981)
  • Bobbie Sue (February 10, 1982)
  • Christmas (September 22, 1982)
  • American Made (January 20, 1983)
  • Deliver (October 20, 1983)
  • Greatest Hits 2 (July 7, 1984)
  • Step On Out (March 26, 1985)
  • Seasons (March 25, 1986)
  • Christmas Again (Setember 20, 1986)
  • Where The Fast Lane Ends (February 10, 1987)
  • Heartbeat (September 30, 1987)
  • Monongahela (August 10, 1988)
  • Greatest Hits 3 (May 31, 1989)
  • American Dreams (September 25, 1989)
  • Unstoppable (April 1, 1991)
  • The Long Haul (June 8, 1992)
  • Country Christmas Eve (November 20, 1995)
  • Revival (March 3, 1997)
  • Voices (July 14, 1999)
  • From The Heart (May 12, 2001)

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The Oak Ridge Boys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (609 words)
The Oak Ridge Boys is a country and gospel band in the United States.
The group was founded in 1945 as the Oak Ridge Quartet.
Oak Ridge Boys at the Country Music Television website.
The Oak Ridge Boys - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (609 words)
Their name was changed to the "Oak Ridge Boys" in 1961, and they remained a gospel-oriented group until the late 70s, when they changed their image and concentrated more on country and pop music.
The Oak Ridge Boys first recorded together in a group known as Wally Fowler and the Georgia Clodhoppers.
After touring for a few years, Fowler disbanded the Oak Ridge Quartet and sold the rights to that name to group member Smitty Gatlin in 1957.
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