COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME members THE OAK RIDGE BOYS are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the 4 present members, DUANE ALLEN (who joined the group in 1966), JOE BONSALL (1973), WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN (1965), and RICHARD STERBAN (1972), coming collectively to type the group as it’s identified right this moment. The band initially began in 1943 when its unique members have been recruited to entertain the sequestered personnel and their households on the OAK RIDGE nuclear analysis facility in TENNESSEE.
In 1945, they made their debut performances on the GRAND OLE OPRY stage. Within the early ’70s, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS cast a brand new path and a brand new sound with the additions of STERBAN and BONSALL.
“I used to be 25 years previous in 1973 once I joined THE OAK RIDGE BOYS,” mentioned BONSALL. “I’m 75 years previous in 2023 and I’m STILL an OAK RIDGE BOY. It has been and nonetheless IS a tremendous journey.”
Added STERBAN, “It has been an honor to sing with DUANE, JOE, and WILLIAM LEE. We’ve got been extraordinarily blessed. I’ve had a unprecedented life, and I’m grateful to the Lord above.”
GOLDEN mentioned, “The historical past of THE OAK RIDGE BOYS runs deep in AMERICA’s historical past. I’m honored to nonetheless be part of it. We’re a household and at all times will likely be.”
Concluded ALLEN, “To be wherever with anybody for 50 years is an accomplishment, and we’re celebrating! Come out to one in all our exhibits and sing together with us!”
The OAKS will proceed their “2023 Entrance Porch Singin’ Tour” in early AUGUST.