Trivia / The Oak Ridge Boys

  • Black Sheep Hit: A mild example; although Duane is the de-facto lead singer, Joe sang lead on "Elvira".
  • Breakthrough Hit: After years in the gospel genre, they had their first country hit with "Y'all Come Back Saloon" in 1977.
  • Executive Meddling: MCA kicked William Lee Golden out of the band in 1987 and replaced him with Steve Sanders (formerly the rhythm guitarist in their road band), as an attempt to target a younger audience. Golden recorded a solo album for MCA and later sued the label, but the suit was settled out of court. Golden rejoined in 1995.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Many of their lesser known singles for MCA Records are out of print, as is their work for RCA Records in The '90s. The latter went out of print so long ago that their biggest RCA hit, "Lucky Moon", isn't recognized by Shazam.
  • Name's the Same: They released two different songs called "Come On In" about 7 years apart. The latter was subtitled "Come On In (You Did the Best You Could Do)" to avoid confusion, although Allmusic credits the former as being written by the writer of the latter. Interestingly, both songs peaked at #3.
  • The Pete Best: Any of the pre-1973 members.
  • Something Completely Different: Their switch from gospel to country in 1977 with "Y'All Come Back Saloon." Even at that, they never truly drifted completely away from gospel and Christian music, eventually including a track or two on their 1980s albums, including Christian themes in several of their later hit singles and eventually recording all gospel again. Yet, they remained perhaps the most beloved, high-profile country group since the late 1970s (other than their contemporaries The Statler Brothers and Alabama).
  • Throw It In!: According to Joe Bonsall in an interview with Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40, the group was having difficulty finding the right sound for "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes" until producer Ron Chancey caught him doing an impromptu Bee Gees impersonation in the bathroom and listening to it echo off the acoustic tile. He then had Bonsall do the song in a Bee Gees-esque falsetto, and it worked.


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