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  • Black Sheep Hit: A mild example; although Duane is the de-facto lead singer, Joe sang lead on "Elvira" (except for the iconic "oom papa mow mow"s, which are obviously Richard). The song was also a bit of a departure as an uptempo Silly Love Song, when their big hits up to then tended to be either ballads or story songs.
  • Breakthrough Hit: After years in the gospel genre, they had their first country hit with "Y'all Come Back Saloon" in 1977.
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  • Executive Meddling: MCA kicked William Lee Golden out of the band in 1987 and replaced him with Steve Sanders, who was then the rhythm guitarist in their backing band. This was because the execs wanted to pursue a younger image, and Golden refused to trim his Wizard Beard. Golden recorded a solo album for MCA and later sued the label, but the suit was settled out of court. Golden rejoined in 1995.
  • Follow-Up Failure: Their 1982 smash "Bobbie Sue" was followed up by the #22 flop "So Fine", which listeners seemed to regard as a rehash of "Elvira" (it was actually a cover of 1959 pop hit by The Fiestas).
  • He Also Did: Before joining the Oaks, Richard Sterban had already been well-known in gospel circles as a member of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, and during his Stamps days he helped them provide backing vocals for Elvis Presley on tour and in the recording studio.
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  • 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:
    • There are two different songs called "You're the One": a single in 1977 from their breakthrough album Y'all Come Back Saloon, and an unrelated song of the same name off American Made six years later.
    • 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. Naturally, this has confused many sources such as AllMusic and most lyric databases (although Genius differentiates the songs correctly). Interestingly, both even went to #3 on the country music charts.
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  • The Pete Best: Any of the pre-1973 members, and 1988-1995 member Steve Sanders. note 
  • Promoted Fanboy: William Lee Golden had been a fan of the Oaks in their gospel days, became friendly with the group, and joined in 1964 when he offered himself up as a replacement for a new baritone who wasn't working out. Golden also recruited Duane Allen, who he was a fan of, to join three years later.
  • 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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