Legendary Group Announced as Honorary Texans by Governor of Lone Star State
Carthage, TX (August 13, 2014) – Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Duane Allen has received high honors from his native Lone Star State. The award-winning singer/songwriter/producer has been inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and named an honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry. Oak Ridge Boys members Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban shared the spotlight by being proclaimed as honorary Texans.
The 17th annual celebration was held in Carthage, Texas and included a special concert by The Oak Ridge Boys along with free tours of the Hall of Fame museum which features an exhibit on Duane Allen’s extraordinary life and musical journey with the Oaks. Texas Country Music Hall of Fame founder Tommie Ritter Smith describes the inclusion of all four Oaks members into the induction ceremony as a reflection of Allen’s heart and East Texas roots. “He’s the one that was being inducted. But, he wanted all of the other members to be honored right along with him. So, The Oak Ridge Boys were proudly named honorary Texans,” she explains.
Longview News Journal - East Texas native Duane Allen and the rest of the Oak Ridge Boys will perform Saturday as Allen is inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage.
“(Allen) is the one being inducted,” Hall of Fame founder Tommie Ritter Smith said of the Taylor Town native. “And he wanted the others to be honored with him.”
The 17th annual country music celebration stretches over two nights, with a 30-act showcase and contest set Friday. And while shows are in the Carthage Civic Center, music fans can tour a renovated Hall of Fame that has added 3,000 square feet to its museum. A grand opening is planned in the fall after all of its ribbons are tied and baubles are hung — and a memorial to Mount Pleasant rancher and country legend Ray Price is in place.
“The museum will be open,” Ritter said this week. “And the museum tours will be free all weekend.”
Although fellow Oak Ridge Boys Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall and William Lee Golden sprouted beyond the Lone Star State, they won’t be foreigners after the weekend — at least not symbolically.
Iconic Group Marks 41st Anniversary with a Musical Legacy that Still Stands Strong
NASHVILLE, TN (June 18, 2014) – The extensive collection of honors and awards keep rolling in for The Oak Ridge Boys. An official RIAA commemorative plaque certifying Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum album and single sales has been awarded to the Grammy-winning group in celebration of more than 41 million album sales worldwide. A special presentation took place in New York during the legendary group’s appearance on The Wendy Williams Show.
"We love Wendy Williams and she recently invited us to perform on her high energy, nationwide show. While we were there she surprised us with a plaque recognizing 41 million sales of our albums," says Oak Ridge Boys lead singer Duane Allen.
"It is hard to imagine that we have sold 41 million albums and that doesn't even count the successful Gospel music days," adds tenor vocalist Joe Bonsall. "It is humbling to know that the music we have created together has been so well received over all these years. We are very blessed but the pressure is on... 41 million albums in 41 years means we have to sell a million this year to make it 42/42 next year!!!"
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