The American Legion and Grammy Award-winning artists, The Oak Ridge Boys, are uniting to raise awareness and support for needs of U.S. military veterans, including better detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), help with the VA benefits process, and education and career opportunities for those who served our nation in uniform.
The American Legion is the country’s largest veterans service organization, with 2.4 million members who work every day on behalf of the men and women who have served our nation in uniform. The Oak Ridge Boys will participate in a national fundraising and awareness campaign to support the detection and treatment of mental health issues among veterans, 22 of whom are lost each day to suicide.
As one of country music’s longest-running groups, The Oak Ridge Boys’ legacy extends back to the end of World War II. The current group – which consists of lead singer Duane Allen, bass singer Richard Sterban, tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden – recently celebrated more than 40 years performing together. In that time, The Oak Ridge Boys have produced more than 30 top 10 hit songs, 12 gold records, three platinum records, one double-platinum album and a double-platinum single, with combined sales totaling 41 million records sold. They maintain a vigorous touring schedule and released a live album in April, “Boys Night Out.”
The Oaks recently performed at the 8th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors Awards held at Ryman Auditorium. While there, the group presented their longtime booking agent, Paul Moore, with the Mae Boren Axton Award in recognition of his years of service to the music industry. Pictured L to R: Duane Allen; William Lee Golden; ORB manager, Jim Halsey; Paul Moore; Richard Sterban; and Joe Bonsall.
Photo by Rick Diamond - Getty Images/Courtesy of Academy of Country Music
We extend sincere condolences to Richard Sterban and his family on the loss of his mother, Victoria Sterban. She will be greatly missed by everyone at Oak Ridge Boys, Inc.
Show Scheduled to Air on Monday, August 25th
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 22, 2014) – The Oak Ridge Boys’ iconic hit, “Elvira” is taking to the airwaves on CBS’ award-winning Mike & Molly show. It’s scheduled for Monday, August 25th at 9:00 pm (Eastern). The plot for the “Mike’s Manifold Destiny” episode has an unforgettable “Elvira” twist where Mike learns a lesson after his car breaks down and he’s forced to decide whether or not to accept a loan from Carl to fix it.
Mike & Molly’s Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy star as the title characters of the show. The CBS sitcom was created by producer/writer Mark Roberts. It’s slated to enter its fifth season this fall, featuring its 100th episode.
The Oak Ridge Boys’ platinum-selling "Elvira," written by Dallas Frazier, is one of country music’s most distinctive and recognizable songs. Here’s a link to the newest version of “Elvira” on the CD: soundcloud.com/cleopatra-recs/oak-ridge-boys-elvira/s-M7oK7.
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