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The Oak Ridge Boys Come to Cape Girardeau
The Isle® Casino is known for bringing entertainment to life in Cape Girardeau, and their upcoming show with the Oak Ridge Boys is sure to entertain the masses. The Oak Ridge Boys are an award-winning American country and gospel vocal quartet who have created a huge collection of music throughout their long career. Their much-anticipated show will kick-off on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. and at 9:00 p.m. at the Isle Casino’s Cape Girardeau.
The Oak Ridge Boys were founded as the Oak Ridge Quartet in 1947. They were a popular southern gospel group who officially assumed the name Oak Ridge Boys in the 1960s in order to better reflect their contemporary sound. During the 1970s, the Oak Ridge Boys turned their focus to country music and produced many of their most well-known hits including “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue” and “American Made.”
Today’s current band members have largely stayed together since 1973. The quartet includes Duane Allen on lead vocals, Joe Bonsall as tenor, William Lee Golden as baritone and Richard Sterban as bass. Their unending popularity and dedicated work ethic are a testament to their immense talent. To date, the band has been honored with five Grammy® Awards, eight GMA Dove® Awards and four Country Music Association Awards®.
In 1977, the Oak Ridge Boys released their first true country album, "Y’all Come Back Saloon." The album garnered two top-five songs on the country charts. In 1978, their album Room Service included their first No. 1 hit song, “I’ll Be True to You.” Over the following two years, the group released two more albums, “The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived” and “Together”. In 1980, their compilation album “Greatest Hits” was released.
1981’s album “Fancy Free” contained the band’s most well-known song, “Elvira,” which reached No. 1 on the country charts and No. 5 on the pop charts. Their following album, "Bobbie Sue," had a title track that also reached No. 1 on the country charts. The album’s song, “So Fine,” also led to the group’s first music video to be released in the United States.
Never content to rest on their laurels, the Oak Ridge Boys have consistently continued to write and produce. 1982 welcomed the album, "The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas," which was followed by a new album almost every year. Some of Oak Ridge’s most popular albums included 1983’s "American Made" and "Deliver," 1984’s "Greatest Hits 2," 1985’s "Step on Out" and 1987’s "Where the Fast Lane Ends."
William Lee Golden left the group in 1987, but returned at midnight on New Year’s Day, eight years later. He has remained with the group ever since.
The 1990s brought far fewer releases than what was seen in the previous decade. The Oak Ridge Boys produced only four albums during this time period: "Unstoppable," "The Long Haul," "Revival" and "Voices."
The new millennium brought new management and new success for the Oak Ridge Boys, who signed with Spring Hill Records in 2000. This collaboration led to a gospel album, a patriotic album and a bluegrass album, along with several Christmas albums and a mainstream country music album. In 2012, they released the gospel record, "Back Home Again," as well as their sixth Christmas album.
In 2013, The Oak Ridge Boys celebrated the 40th anniversary of their current member lineup with a tour, a television special, a cruise and a commemorative CD. In April 2014, the Oak Ridge Boy's released their first live album of hits, finally giving fans a chance to experience the great sounds of their live shows.
The Oak Ridge Boy’s upcoming show at the Isle Cape Girardeau is sure to provide a sampling of the most beloved hits from their expansive repertoire. Their engaging live shows combine expert harmonies with high energy showmanship. Whether you are a long-time fan or a first-time listener, you are sure to enjoy an excellent show that will get your toes tapping and your spirit lifted.
Tickets to the May 24th event at the Isle Cape Girardeau are $30 for general admission and $50 for priority seating. Front row tickets are $75. Tickets can be picked up from the will-call located at the valet starting at 3 p.m. on the day of the show. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show is slated to begin at 6 p.m. and again at 9 p.m.
See you there!