The Oak Ridge Boys are probably the most famous 4 part harmony group in the USA at this time but to think back they have been in business from the early forties.
During the Second World Way the group was know as the Oak Ridge Quartet and they were on the Grand Ole Opry regularly. By the 60's they have had over 30 different members. They were doing mostly Gospel in the early years. In 72-73 Richard Sterban (Bass) and Joe Bonsall (tenor) had joined William Lee Golden (baritone) and lead singer Duane Allen.
They came out with hits like Elvira, Bobbie Sue, Dream on, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many more.
In 1975 they appeared with Roy Clark who asked them to do more Country songs. So in the late 70's and 80's they came out with more upbeat and uplifting music and avoided the Cheating and Drinking songs. They either appeared with or opened for many shows and artists such as Paul Simon, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, Billy Cyrus, Bill Monroe, Ray Charles and others.
The Oaks also did charitable and civic cause work such as fund raisers for the Boy Scouts of America and The National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse and Feed The Children and others. In 1987 Steve Sanders replaced William as Bass and he shortly after resigned and William came back as a member and Bass vocalist.
If you have been driving around Branson you may have seen the beautiful theater near the intersection of highway 248 and 65. Mr. Gene Bicknell the present owner of the Mansion Theater bought the theater that was built for Glen Campbell in 1994 and with the help of General Manager Larry Wilhite they have completely remodeled it by replacing all the carpet, lighting and sound and now have a great 2150 seat theater called the Oak Ridge Boys Theater. This new theater like most in town is used for other shows and Country Tonight and Dalena Ditto also use this new venue.
The Oaks have done 160 day country wide tours but are glad to now have a new home to return to and Branson is glad to have their nationally acclaimed talent. The theater is located at 462 State Highway 248 Branson, MO 65616
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