The Oak Ridge Boys

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Born: 11/30/1942 in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

2016 CMT Music Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

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CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The 32nd Annual Dove Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Cathedrals: A Farewell Celebration 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Oak Ridge Boys From Las Vegas 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Statler Bros. Show 1991 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Spotlight With Phyllis George (09/11/96) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Life and Times of The Oak Ridge Boys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Country Music Spotlight 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Music City News Country Songwriters Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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TNN Music City News Country Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Star Spangled Branson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Oak Ridge Boys at Branson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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26th Annual Music City News Country Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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25th Annual Music City News Country Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Oak Ridge Boys' Christmas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The 24th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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24th Annual Music City News Country Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Another Evening With the Statler Brothers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Funny Business With Charlie Chase II 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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TNN's All-Star Salute to Country Music 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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23rd Annual Music City News Country Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Celebrate the Miracles 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Freedom Festival '89 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Presidential Inaugural Gala 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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U.S. Olympic Festival: Opening Ceremonies 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Country Music Crossroads 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Las Vegas: An All Star 75th Anniversary 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 21st Annual Country Music Association Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Gospel Session: Everybody Say Yeah! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 20th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 20th Annual Music City News Country Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 21st Annual Music City News Country Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 21st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The 60th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The 18th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Walt Disney World's Happy Easter Parade 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Country Comes Home 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Country Rock '82 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Star Search 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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A Special Kenny Rogers 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Country Galaxy of Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Johnny Cash: Cowboy Heroes 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Loretta Lynn: The Lady... The Legend 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The Nashville Palace 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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A Country Christmas 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Country Comes Home 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Country Top 20 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The Nashville Palace 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Johnny Cash: The First 25 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Music (3)

Dirty Girl 2011 (Movie)

("Elvira") (Song Performer)

The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

("I Ain't Never") (Song Performer)

Big Bad John 1990 (Movie)

("Big Bad John") (Song Performer)

Milestones

2015

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

2009

Oak Ridge Boys scored first Top 20 album in over a decade with The Boys Are Back

1987

William Lee Golden left group for nearly a decade

1981

Gained crossover hit with "Elvira"

1978

Scored first No. 1 hit with "I'll Be True To You"

1976

Provided backing vocals for Paul Simon's "Slip Slidin' Away"

1973

Signed with Columbia for series of low-selling albums

1961

Group officially adopted "Oak Ridge Boys" moniker

1957

Group named changed to "Oak Ridge Quartet" in 1947 before Fowler sold rights to another group member

1942

Group launched under the name Wally Fowler and the Georgia Clodhoppers 

Known for such albums as "Christmas" and "Colors"

Popular songs include "Bobbie Sue" and "Fancy Free".

Bonus Trivia

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The group's names has gone through a number of changes since its debut in 1943. Initially known as the Georgia Clodhoppers, they became the Oak Ridge Quartet in 1947. Group founder Wally Fowler sold the rights to the Oak Ridge Quartet name to another group member, Smitty Gatlin, in 1957, who led the new group until 1961, when producer Bud Praeger, suggested the Oak Ridge Boys as their new moniker.

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The group's guitarist, Steve Sanders, replaced William Lee Golden in 1987. Sanders struggled with a variety of problems, including marital issues, which eventually led to his giving notice in 1995. However, he left the group prior to his declared final date, forcing the group to find a last minute replacement for shows. In 1996, Golden returned to the group, and Sanders ended his own life in 1998.

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Their 1983 single, "American Made," was sold to Miller Beer for use in a television commercial against the group's wishes. Though the ad used slightly different lyrics, the group would not perform the song in concert during the ad's network run.

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Released their first live album, Boys' Night Out, in 2014.

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