The Oak Ridge Boys Members Roll Call

                                 
                              


Members Roll Call[1]


This list of members begins with the "New" Oak Ridge Quartet, which debuted at an all-night singing on December 31, 1956.
This newly formed Oak Ridge Quartet was led by Earl Smith "Smitty" Gatlin.

 

 

                                       Smitty Gatlin, Lead, Baritone, Tenor
                 Born: 
Pulaski, Tennessee
Previous Job(s): 
              Joined: 
December 31, 1956
          Departed: 
1966
     Later Job(s): 
Minister of music at the First Baptist of Dallas
                           Member of the Smitty Gatlin Trio

 

                                                   Ronnie Page, Baritone
                 Born:  Decatur, Illinois
Previous Job(s):  
Member of The Gospel Four
              Joined: 
December 31, 1956
          Departed: 
1962
     Later Job(s): 
Hosted a daily gospel TV show
                           Member of the Chuck Wagon Gang
                           Unsuccessfully ran for U.S. House Of Representatives

 

                                                          Hobart Evans, Tenor
                 Born: 
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Previous Job(s):  
Member of The Rainbow Quartet
              Joined: 
December 31, 1956
          Departed: 
1957 (when a stove exploded in his face)
     Later Job(s): 

 

                                                   Bill Smith, Bass
                 Born:  Valdosta, Georgia
Previous Job(s):  
              Joined: 
December 31, 1956
          Departed: 
The third week of January, 1957
     Later Job(s): 

 

                                              Powell Hassell, Pianist
                 Born:  Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Previous Job(s):  
Member of The Rainbow Quartet
              Joined: 
December 31, 1956
          Departed: 
late 1957
     Later Job(s):
  Worked in a Memphis music store
                           District Manager for Harley Davidson Motorcycles 1960-1968
                           Owned Harley Davidson dealership in Atlanta 1968-1976
                           Originated the Formula 440 racing car
                           Won the first Formula 440 championship at Road Atlanta raceway in 1969
                           Leasing Manager at an Atlanta Honda dealership

 

                                              Herman Harper, Bass
                 Born:  Portland, Tennessee
Previous Job(s):  
Member of The Portlandaires and the Southlanders
              Joined: 
Early 1957, replacing Bill Smith
          Departed: 
first week of December 1968
     Later Job(s):
  Went into business with Don Light, booking the Oak Ridge Boys while they were
                            still in gospel music

 

                                              Bobby Clark, Tenor
                 Born:  May 30, 1935
Previous Job(s):  
Member of the Deep South Quartet
              Joined: 
Mid 1957, replacing Hobart Evans
          Departed: 
late 1957
     Later Job(s):
  Sang with the Rangers Quartet, The Waterfords, The Dixie Echos and the Men Of Music.
                           Also helped found the Cathedral Trio/Cathedral Quartet.  Was a Baptist Minister in the 70s & 80s.

 

                                        Tommy Fairchild, Pianist
                   Born: 
  Previous Job(s):  
                Joined: 
Late 1957, replacing Powell Hassell and sang lead for several months until the
                              arrival of Willie Wynn
            Departed: 
late 1960
           Rejoined: 
1961 replacing James Goss
Final  Departure:  Early 1972
      Later Job(s):
  Member of The Blackwood Brothers

 

 

                                             Willie Wynn, Tenor
                 Born:  Moultrie, Georgia
Previous Job(s): 
Member of the FFA Quartet
              Joined: 
early 1958
          Departed: 
resigned on October 8, 1973
     Later Job(s): 
Member of the Statesmen
                           Formed his own quartet called the Tennesseans
                           Member of Sweetwater

 

                                            Gary Trusler, Pianist
                 Born: 
Previous Job(s): 
Played piano with the Prophets in 1959-1960
              Joined: 
late 1960, replacing Tommy Fairchild
          Departed: 
1961
     Later Job(s): 

 

                                            James Goss, Pianist
                 Born:  April 13, 1940 in Cartersville, GA.
Previous Job(s): 
              Joined: 
1961
          Departed: 
1961
     Later Job(s): 
The Goss Brothers Quartet

 

                                      Gary McSpadden, Baritone
                Born:  
Previous Job(s): 
              Joined: 
1962, replacing Ronnie Page
          Departed: 
1964
     Later Job(s):
  Member of the Bill Gaither Trio
                           Member of the New Gaither Vocal Band
                           Sang as a solo gospel artist

 

                                         Jim Hammill, Baritone
                Born:  
Previous Job(s): 
              Joined: 
1964, replacing Gary McSpadden
          Departed: 
late 1964
     Later Job(s):
  Member of the Rebels
                           Member of the Kingsmen

 

                                William Lee "Bill" Golden, Baritone
                   Born:   Brewton, Alabama - January 12, 1939
   Previous Job(s):
  The Pilots Trio 
                 Joined: 
early 1965, replacing Jim Hammill
             Departed: 
early 1987
             Rejoined: 
January 1, 1996
In between Job(s):
  Member of The Goldens, a group with his sons
                              Sang as a solo gospel artist

 

     
                            Duane Allen, Lead, Baritone, 2nd Tenor
                Born:   Taylortown, Texas - April 29, 1943
Previous Job(s):  
Member of The Prophets
              Joined: 
May 1966, replacing Smitty Gatlin

   

     
                                              Noel Fox, Bass
                Born:   Columbia, Tennessee
Previous Job(s):  
Member of the Tennesseans and the Harvesters
              Joined: 
late 1968, replacing Herman Harper
          Departed: 
1972
     Later Job(s):
  Worked for Don Light Talent
                           Booked acts for the Jim Halsey Agency
                           General Manager of the Oaks' publishing companies, Silverline and Goldline

 

                                       Richard Sterban, Bass
                Born:   Camden, New Jersey - April 24, 1943
Previous Job(s):  
Member of the Keystones and The Stamps
              Joined: 
1972, replacing Noel Fox

   

     
                                        Joe Bonsall, Tenor
                Born:   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - May 18, 1948
Previous Job(s):  
Member of the Faith Four and the Keystones
              Joined: 
October 1973, replacing Willie Wynn

      

     
                                       Steve Sanders, Baritone [2]
                Born:  Richland, Georgia
Previous Job(s): 
Solo artist, and later, rhythm guitarist in the Mighty Oaks Band
              Joined: 
early 1987, replacing William Lee Golden
          Departed: 
November 1995
     Later Job(s):
 

 

                                          Dee Allen, Baritone
                      
  (not an official member, but worthy of noting here)
           Filled In:  November 1995 through mid December 1995, after Steve Sanders left. [2]
                           Also filled for Duane a handful of times since 1997, due to illness.
[3]

 

                                       Paul Martin, Baritone [2]
                              (not an official member, but worthy of noting here)
          Filled In: 
Mid December 1995 through New Year's Eve 1995, covering Steve's void.

 

                                              Jimmy Fulbright [3]
                              (not an official member, but worthy of noting here)
         
Filled In: 
Over the years, Jimmy has covered the vocals for Duane, William Lee, Joe,
                          AND Richard due to various illnesses and feeling under the weather.

 

                                         Chris Golden, Baritone [3]
                              (not an official member, but worthy of noting here)
           Filled In: 
Chris has covered lead duties for William Lee a few times due to illness.

 

                                         Gene McDonald, Bass
                              (not an official member, but worthy of noting here)
           Filled In: 
Gene filled in for Richard for a hand full of shows in Jan./Feb. 2013 due to an
                           Achilles injury and surgery.

 

                                        Aaron McCune, Bass
                              (not an official member, but worthy of noting here)
           Filled In: 
Aaron filled in for Richard for two shows in Sept. 2014 due to the
                           death of Richard's mother.

 


 

[1] Widner, Ellis and Carter, Walter. The Oak Ridge Boys: Our Story. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1987.
[2] Bonsall, Joe. The Oak Ridge Boys: An American Journey. Green Forest, AR: New Leaf Press, 2004
[3] Allen, Duane and Bonsall, Joe. Personal Interview. December, 2011.
 

 

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