Richard Sterban

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Richard Sterban
Sterban in 2019
Sterban in 2019
Background information
Birth nameRichard Anthony Sterban
Born (1943-04-24) April 24, 1943 (age 78)
Camden, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresCountry, gospel
Occupation(s)Bass singer
Years active1972–present
Associated actsThe Oak Ridge Boys, Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, Johnny Cash

Richard Anthony Sterban (born April 24, 1943) is an American singer. He was born in Camden, New Jersey. In 1973, he joined the country and gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys, in which he sings bass.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Camden, New Jersey, Sterban grew up in Collingswood, New Jersey,[1] After graduating from Collingswood High School, Sterban attended Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey).[2]

He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife, Donna, and two daughters. Richard also has three sons from a previous marriage and several grandchildren, including Tyler and Mali Sterban.[citation needed]


Prior to joining The Oak Ridge Boys, Sterban toured with J. D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, who were singing backup for Elvis Presley at that time. Sterban ultimately became best known for his "oom-pa-pa-oom-pa-pa-mow-mow" bass solo in the Oak Ridge Boys' 1981 single "Elvira" and sang lead vocals on a select few of the group's songs, including a cover of The Righteous Brothers' hit "Dream On", which was a top-ten hit.

Sterban has recorded public service announcements for NOAA Weather Radio. He served as the voice of The Roadhouse, the classic country Sirius Satellite Radio channel. Sterban, along with entrepreneur Larry Schmittou and other country music stars, such as Conway Twitty, Larry Gatlin, and Cal Smith, was a minority owner of the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team from 1978 to 2008.[3]


  1. ^ DeLuca, Dan. "Today's Walk Of Fame Honorees Include 2 Oak Ridge Boys Just A Couple Of Philly-area Country Boys", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 1994. Accessed March 10, 2011. "Bonsall grew up in the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia, near the Tioga Street el stop; Sterban was born across the river in Camden and grew up in Collingswood."
  2. ^ Lloyd, Jack. "Sturdy Oaks And A Country Boy From Phila.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 22, 1991. Accessed November 13, 2013. "The remaining member of the Oaks, Richard Sterban, is a native of Camden who graduated from Collingswood High School and attended Trenton State College."
  3. ^ Woody, Larry (1996), Schmittou: A Grand Slam in Baseball, Business, and Life, Nashville: Eggmann Publishing Company, pp. 64–65, ISBN 1886371334