Ellen Sterling: The Oak Ridge Boys: Four Distinct Voices Together Make Memorable Music
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It is the harmonies that are so striking and, even, unique. The four voices of the Oak Ridge Boys -- (in photo from left) bass Richard Sterban, baritone William Lee Golden, tenor Joe Bonsall and lead singer Duane Allen -- blend together flawlessly and they've been flawless since 1973 when the four first came together in this band that dates back to 1943 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (Photo courtesy of the Oak Ridge Boys)
They are from four different places, yet they see a logic to the fact that they came together in the group. Allen grew up in Texas, Golden in Alabama, Bonsall in Philadelphia and Sterban in New Jersey. Bonsall says, "We grew up in the north, they grew up down South. The one thing we all had in common at a very young age, was that we were all very turned on by the Southern gospel music quartets."
The gospel singing world is, apparently, a small one. Duane Allen says, "From time to time the Southern gospel groups wold come to the area where Joe and Richard ...
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