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* AttentiveShadeLowering: "It's Hard to be Cool in a Minivan" tells about an attractive woman in a shiny convertible pulling up to a middle-aged guy in a minivan to lower her shades in a smug manner and give him a self-satisfied wink, making him feel self-conscious about his dirty vehicle.


* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Some of the tracks on ''Step On Out'' have an unusually synth-driven sound, most notably "Come On In (You Did the Best That You Could Do)"[[note]]not to be confused with their earlier "Come On In"[[/note]] and "Little Things".


Their songs are sometimes confused with ones performed by Music/TheStatlerBrothers, which is understandable since they both started out in gospel and had the same vocal lineup (tenor, lead, baritone, bass). Musically, however, the most well-known version of the Oak Ridge Boys was more of a contemporary country-pop group, while the Statlers tended to stick with more traditional country, and the distinction was even greater visually, as the the Oaks typically wore their regular clothes while the Statlers favored three-piece suits.

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Their songs are sometimes confused with ones performed by Music/TheStatlerBrothers, which is understandable since they both started out in gospel and had the same vocal lineup configuration (tenor, lead, baritone, bass). Musically, however, the most well-known version of the Oak Ridge Boys was more of a contemporary country-pop group, while the Statlers tended to stick with more traditional country, and the distinction was even greater visually, as the the Oaks typically wore their regular clothes while the Statlers favored three-piece suits.


Due to the typical makeup of vocal groups (tenor, lead, baritone, bass), their songs are sometimes confused with ones performed by Music/TheStatlerBrothers. Musically, however, the most well-known version of the Oak Ridge Boys was more of a contemporary country-pop group, and the distinction was even greater visually, as the the Oaks typically wore their regular clothes while the Statlers favored three-piece suits.

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Due to the typical makeup of vocal groups (tenor, lead, baritone, bass), their Their songs are sometimes confused with ones performed by Music/TheStatlerBrothers. Music/TheStatlerBrothers, which is understandable since they both started out in gospel and had the same vocal lineup (tenor, lead, baritone, bass). Musically, however, the most well-known version of the Oak Ridge Boys was more of a contemporary country-pop group, while the Statlers tended to stick with more traditional country, and the distinction was even greater visually, as the the Oaks typically wore their regular clothes while the Statlers favored three-piece suits.


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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Y'all Come Back Saloon'' marked the point where they fully shifted from gospel to country.

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* SpecialGuest: They sang backing vocals on Music/PaulSimon's "Slip Slidin' Away"; Simon had congratulated them backstage when they performed at the UsefulNotes/GrammyAward ceremonies and it ultimately led to the collaboration.

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* IsntItIronic: "No Matter How High" is clearly dedicated to a love interest, as the line "You've always been there for me, baby, I must confess" makes clear. However, the music video director clearly missed this line, as the video shows all four Oaks reuniting with their mothers. (One wonders why they didn't just take the word "baby" out of the song, which would make it more open-ended...)

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* {{Forgiveness}}: "Come On In (You Did the Best You Could Do)":
-->I dreamed I was dying in Texas\\
I closed my eyes and I sighed\\
Like a black and white movie I saw my days\\
Playing out before my eyes\\
I was crippled by a life of injustice\\
I was bent from walking into the wind\\
I pled guilty on the day of judgment\\
God just shook my hand and grinned\\
And He said "Come on in, you did the best that you could do\\
There's a little bit of right in every wrong\\
There's a little bit of Me in you"

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* ChristmasSongs: They've recorded numerous seasonal albums over the years.


In the 1960s and into the early 1970s, the band achieved some notability in the gospel field, and even won a Grammy. By 1973, Joe Bonsall had taken over on tenor vocals and Richard Sterban on bass vocals, thus forming the most popular and well-known lineup of Allen (lead), Bonsall (tenor), Golden (baritone), and Sterban (bass). After a few false starts, including a guest appearance on a low-charting Music/JohnnyCash single and a few dud releases on Creator/ColumbiaRecords, the Oaks broke through in 1977 with the Top Ten hit "Y'all Come Back Saloon". From then until the late 1980s, they would remain a constant fixture on the country charts. "Elvira" and "Bobbie Sue" netted the group a couple crossover pop hits. Golden was fired in 1987 and replaced with Steve Sanders, who remained until 1995 when Golden was allowed to return.

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In the 1960s and into the early 1970s, '70s, the band achieved some notability in the gospel field, and even won a Grammy.UsefulNotes/GrammyAward. By 1973, Joe Bonsall had taken over on tenor vocals and Richard Sterban on bass vocals, thus forming the most popular and well-known lineup of Allen (lead), Bonsall (tenor), Golden (baritone), and Sterban (bass). After a few false starts, including a guest appearance on a low-charting Music/JohnnyCash single and a few dud releases on Creator/ColumbiaRecords, the Oaks broke through in 1977 with the Top Ten hit "Y'all Come Back Saloon". From then until the late 1980s, '80s, they would remain a constant fixture on the country charts. "Elvira" and "Bobbie Sue" netted the group a couple crossover pop hits. Golden was fired in 1987 and replaced with Steve Sanders, who remained until 1995 when Golden was allowed to return.


A long-lasting CountryMusic group, although they weren't originally one. The band began in the 1940s as a GospelMusic quartet composed of Wally Fowler, Lon Freeman, Curly Kinsey and Johnny New. The group split from Fowler in 1949, and several membership changes later, Smitty Gatlin headed a new lineup in 1957. He also pushed the band to a more country-folk sound and eventually recruited baritone vocalist William Lee Golden in 1964. After Gatlin retired, Duane Allen joined as lead vocalist, and Noel Fox and Willie Wynn took over on bass and tenor.

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A long-lasting CountryMusic group, although they weren't originally one. The band began in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet, a GospelMusic quartet group composed of Wally Fowler, Lon Freeman, Curly Kinsey and Johnny New. The group split from Fowler in 1949, and several membership changes later, Smitty Gatlin headed a new lineup in 1957. He also pushed the band to a more country-folk sound sound, changed their name to the Oak Ridge Boys in 1961, and eventually recruited baritone vocalist William Lee Golden in 1964. After Gatlin retired, Duane Allen joined as lead vocalist, and Noel Fox and Willie Wynn took over on bass and tenor.


A long lasting CountryMusic group, although they weren't originally one. The band began in the 1940s as a gospel quartet composed of Wally Fowler, Lon Freeman, Curly Kinsey and Johnny New. The group split from Fowler in 1949, and several membership changes later, Smitty Gatlin headed a new lineup in 1957. He also pushed the band to a more country-folk sound and eventually recruited baritone vocalist William Lee Golden in 1964. After Gatlin retired, Duane Allen joined as lead vocalist, and Noel Fox and Willie Wynn took over on bass and tenor.

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A long lasting long-lasting CountryMusic group, although they weren't originally one. The band began in the 1940s as a gospel GospelMusic quartet composed of Wally Fowler, Lon Freeman, Curly Kinsey and Johnny New. The group split from Fowler in 1949, and several membership changes later, Smitty Gatlin headed a new lineup in 1957. He also pushed the band to a more country-folk sound and eventually recruited baritone vocalist William Lee Golden in 1964. After Gatlin retired, Duane Allen joined as lead vocalist, and Noel Fox and Willie Wynn took over on bass and tenor.


* CoolOldGuy: All four. The youngest--tenor Joe Bonsall--is 72, while the eldest--baritone Will Golden--is ''81''.

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* CoolOldGuy: All four. The youngest--tenor Joe Bonsall--is 72, while the eldest--baritone Will Golden--is ''81''.Like many other "legacy" country music acts, they have remained popular with fans young enough to be their grandchildren

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* LoveTriangle: "Trying to Love Two Women" is all about how stressful having two lovers can be on a man ("Trying to love two women is like a ball and chain").


* BadassBeard: Guess.

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* BadassBeard: Guess.

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