Oak Ridge Boys

Originally called the Country Cut-Ups, the Oak Ridge Boys were formed in 1942.  They were renamed the Oak Ridge Quartet and recorded their first records in 1947. The group disbanded in 1956 but reformed a year later by original member, Smitty Gatlin (Florence, AL). He left the group in 1966.

They became full-time professionals in 1961 and changed from the Oak Ridge Quartet to the Oak Ridge Boys. William Lee Golden (Brewton, AL) became their baritone in 1964. He would leave the group in 1986 only to return in the 1990s.  They established themselves as the best-loved white gospel group in the USA and they won numerous awards and Grammys.

The Oaks had a major country hit with "Y'All Come Back Saloon", topped the country charts with "I'll Be True To You", the classic "Leavin' Louisiana In The Broad Daylight" and "Trying To Love Two Women".  In 1981 they made # 5 on the pop charts with "Elvira" and followed it with "Bobbie Sue" at # 12.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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