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  • Covered Up:
    • "Elvira" was first released in 1966 by its writer, Dallas Frazier and covered in 1969 by Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. Rodney Crowell also released a version before the Oaks covered it.
    • They also covered up Crowell's "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" about two years prior, which Emmylou Harris also covered on her Quarter Moon In a Ten Cent Town album.
    • "Thank God for Kids" was written and originally cut by Eddy Raven which was released as a B-Side in 1976, but appeared on the Thank God For Kids album released after the Oak Ridge Boys had the hit with it.
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    • "Dream On" was originally recorded by the Righteous Brothers.
    • They were the first artists to record "Callin' Baton Rouge". It was covered by the New Grass Revival before some guy named Garth Brooks had a huge hit with it in 1994.
    • "I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head (And Left My Heart Alone)" was first released by its writer, Sonny Throckmorton.
    • Their It's Only Natural album (a Cracker Barrel exclusive) includes a cover of "Louisiana Red Dirt Highway", a song that Golden released during his solo career in the early 90s.
    • Two examples off their 1991 album Unstoppable that were later hits for other artists: "Heaven Bound (I'm Ready)" was later a single for Shenandoah in 1995, and "Change My Mind" for John Berry in 1996.
  • Epic Riff: Richard Sterban's bass vocal in "Elvira" ("Giddyup, ba oom papa oom papa mow mow") is one of the most remembered riffs in country music.
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  • Heartwarming Moments: The music video for "No Matter How High", where all four Oaks reunite with their mothers.
  • Signature Song: "Elvira", hands down.


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