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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Oak Ridge Boys to Perform
At UW-Eau Claire Dec. 17
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: Nov. 3, 1998

EAU CLAIRE — Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, for An Evening with The Oak Ridge Boys on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The special holiday appearance, featuring the country music quartet's hits as well as seasonal classics, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in W.L. Zorn Arena.
A special advance sale for UW-Eau Claire students only will begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Tickets will be sold only at the University Service Center windows and purchasers must present a valid UW-Eau Claire student ID card.
The Oak Ridge Boys have one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. Its four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have generated dozens of country hits and a No. 1 pop smash, and earned it Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards.
Lead singer Duane Allen, bass Richard Sterban, tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden comprise one of country's truly legendary acts. Their string of hits includes the pop chart-topper "Elvira," as well as "Bobbie Sue," "Dream On," "Thank God for Kids," "American Made," "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes," "Fancy Free," "Gonna Take a Lot of River" and many others. The group has scored 10 gold, three platinum and one double-platinum album, one double-platinum single, and more than a dozen national No. 1 singles.
The Oak Ridge Boys represent a tradition that extends back before Hank Williams had a career. The original group, based in Knoxville, Tenn., began performing country and gospel music in nearby Oak Ridge, where the atomic bomb was being developed. They called themselves The Oak Ridge Quartet and began regular Grand Ole Opry appearances in the fall of 1945. In the mid-1950s, Time magazine featured them as one of the top-drawing gospel groups in the nation.
By the late 1960s, with more than 30 members having come and gone, The Oak Ridge Boys was a highly popular mainstay on the gospel circuit. In 1975, booked to open a number of dates for Roy Clark, the band began singing country songs — and the result was a breakthrough.
"The vocal intensity the group brought to it instantly enriched and enlivened the perilously staid country format," said Billboard magazine's Ed Morris.
In 1977 the Oak Ridge Boys lit up the country music horizon with "Y'All Come Back Saloon." Within a year, Paul Simon tapped members to sing backup for his hit "Slip Slidin' Away" and they would go on to record with George Jones, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus and others. They would appear before three presidents, produce one of the first country music videos, take part in the first headline tour of the former USSR, and become one of the most enduringly successful touring groups anywhere.
The group has also proved to be a capable and tireless advocate of charitable and civic causes, including the Boy Scouts of America, the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse and Feed the Children.
"We've experienced a lot of longevity," said Richard Sterban, "and I think the reason is the love we have for what we do — the desire, the longing to actually get up there and do it. We love to sing together, to harmonize together. It's what our lives are all about."
Reserved seating tickets are $22.50 and $19.50, plus a $1 service fee, at the University Service Center in Davies Center. Tickets may be charged to MasterCard or Visa when ordered by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The concert is sponsored by Event Resources Presents Inc. and the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: Nov. 3, 1998