Talk:The Oak Ridge Boys

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Cleanup[edit]

I've removed links to articles that don't exist, as well as false links such as a link to "Christmas" in the discography, which gives the impression that the link is to a page about the album, not the holiday.

Second, I'm going to remove all the mentions and unimportant comments about the albums and singles. For instance:

A holiday album simply titled Christmas was released on September 23, 1982. Followed by American Made on January 20, 1983. The title tune of which was yet another "crossover" hit making both the country and pop charts.

The two first lines sentences are already covered in the discography. While it's important to point out cross-genre appeal, the comment by itself is insignificant. Collectively they can help somebody write a nice history/overview, so I will list the facts someplace else, but right now they are just pointless. Being bold here, so if I'm wrong just revert!  :) —Foofy 10:15, 30 October 2005 (UTC) --- This cannot be substantiated without a lot of work, but it may be relevant. I went to church with several employees of the Oaks in Hendersonville, TN. Within a month after William Lee re-joined the group, their booking for the next 12 months more than doubled. They sold their old buses and purchased three new touring coaches soon after he re-joined. The Nashville office of Billboard keeps track of bookings, so someone would have to go through them to verify the booking increase. The reunion of the original four has helped their income, no doubt.

The legal battles of Steve Sanders (while with the Oaks) would fill a book, but are not relevant for this article. The Gallatin Star News has a large file on the problems Steve had with both wives. Though they printed many news stories of the issues, fist fights in Kroger, and shopping in leopard print jammies, the Nashville papers never mentioned them.

I've done a lot of work tightening this article and making it more encyclopedic and wikified. I think it may be ready to remove from the cleanup queue, but I'd welcome a second (third, fourth, whatever) opinion. Thanks. --edi 22:53, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Merges[edit]

I attempted to redirect Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban here. However, after a comment placed by another user, I have decided that I should strike up a discussion instead. None of the individual members seems to be notable enough for his own page, which is why I think they should all be merged here. Does anyone object? Ten Pound Hammer and his otters(Broken clamshellsOtter chirps) 20:55, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

I agree that Allen, Bonsall, and Sterban don't really have enough individual information to warrent their own articles (unless there is more info out there that just isn't included in their articles). But I do think that Golden is notable outside of the group. Though it is his major claim to fame, he is also known for his solo work and painting. Also, he lives in an historic home which merits mention, but would seem out of place on the band's page. -NatureBoyMD (talk) 21:51, 21 March 2008 (UTC)


Do not merge these pages. They are all unique. Eventually, maybe someone could expand on each person's biography. They are all very unique. -- Anonymous
I would prefer to keep them separate, but the main reason I came here was to find their ages. The group is remarkable because several 60 somethings to one that is 72 (in 2012) are doing so well touring. They are incidentally one of my favorite groups, and would like to see more details in their individual pages.
I don't know how much information exists for their business, but they are a very successful corporation as well with around 100 employees in one article I read, and some info on that would be nice if it could be verified.
All of the members are approachable on Facebook, and via email and could help with biography questions. jws 6 Jan 2012 —Preceding undated comment added 10:59, 6 January 2012 (UTC).

Origin of band and name[edit]

Is this group from Oak Ridge, Tennessee? I assume so from the name, but the article does not even discuss where the band if from or where the name came from. 65.6.3.14 (talk) 22:05, 11 May 2008 (UTC)

This has been added (see The Oak Ridge Quartet) in the history section. Tomsv 98 (talk) 22:17, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

Song[edit]

Should probably be some mention of the parody song "Put The Oak Ridge Boys In The Slammer" by the Austin Lounge Lizards... AnonMoos (talk) 19:28, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

William Lee Golden[edit]

I think I saw him, briefly, in Bikini Car Wash II. Is this true? If so, should this site have links to bikini car wash, contest, catalogue and other related sites? Plus, can we get some ManTips from Bill on grooming, hair and beard care products, curing of wild meats (such as boar), and other useful things? I'm trying to become more manly (my dad doesn't like me playing with Barbies, wearing tights or ANYTHING) so I could use some help. Thanks! Forget Elvira, my loins are on Fire-A!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.169.211.100 (talk) 00:23, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

Bass Player - Paul Urick[edit]

I'm pretty sure there was a Bass Player by the name of Paul Urick with the band sometime "around" the 80's.....haven't been able to find exact years yet.....I'll email Joe/Duane and see if they remember. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Banditz71 (talkcontribs) 20:03, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

OK....Duane wrote back and said Paul joined right after William Lee left in 1987....and thinks he was there for a year or two....so approx. 1987 - 1989. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Banditz71 (talkcontribs) 20:53, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

--Banditz71 (talk) 21:02, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Well, Joe came back and said Paul was with them into the early 90's......--Banditz71 (talk) 22:55, 1 September 2014 (UTC)