by Chuck Dauphin | Music News Nashville
2013 marks four decades since Joe Bonsall first walked onto a stage with Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, and William Lee Golden as the Oak Ridge Boys. That seems like a pretty good reason to celebrate, and the Oaks do so by releasing a compilation CD that shines the spotlight on the music for which they are best known.
Of course, before their record-setting Country career, the Oaks were among the biggest stars in Gospel. What’s interesting to note is that the quartet never quite left that form of music – including such tracks on their albums over the years as “Dig A Little Deeper In The Well,” “Would They Love Him Down In Shreveport,” and “Don’t Give Up.” They tip their hat to that sound on a spellbinding version of “Amazing Grace,” as well as the classic “Jesus Is Coming Soon.”
The Nashville Scene - by Kay West
Jim Foglesong started singing before he turned 2, and according to the pastor at Vine Street Christian Church — where he was an elder and longtime member of the Chancel Choir — he continued singing every single Sunday until two months before his death. Foglesong died July 9, about two weeks shy of his 91st birthday.
Foglesong sang his way into his church choir in his hometown of South Charleston, W.V., when he was just 4. He sang on local radio stations, he sang through high school, and he led several vocal groups during his service in the Army during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he earned a degree in vocal music from the Eastman School of Music, the respected conservatory in Rochester, N.Y.
After graduating, Foglesong moved to New York and married Toni Arnould, who would remain his lifetime singing partner. He also took "side jobs," first at Columbia Records and then RCA in production and executive positions — but he never stopped singing. His pure tenor voice can be heard on recordings by Rosemary Clooney, Connie Francis and on Neil Sedaka's monster hit "Calendar Girl."
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Now Available for Preorder!
The Oak Ridge Boys have been making music history for more than four decades now, and this 40th Anniversary CD brings together their best hits celebrating their God, their country, and their families. We have videos of the Oaks talking about this new recording and everyone who preorders here will immediately receive a free mp3 download of the Oaks singing The Star Spangled Banner!
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