The Oak Ridge Boys As Back-Up Singers


The Oak Ridge Boys As Back-Up Singers

(This is probably a partial list. If you know of any that are missing here, please email the information)


All of the Wally Fowler concert albums are with the Oaks backing him. Some of the later albums may not be the same Oak Ridge Qt. as he continued using their name for a different group until he was sued and ordered to stop. The early albums are definitely the true Oak Ridge Quartet. Only the songs with him and the Oaks are listed.

Wally Fowler's All Night Singing Gospel Concert 11th Anniversary Performance..Starday 112

Wally Fowler's All Night Singing 15th Anniversary..Modern Sound 814 Wally & Oaks sing: A Wonderful Time Up There, Peace In The Valley, I'm On My Journey Home, Mama Sang A Song. November 1963.

Wally Fowler All Night Singing Nashville Style..White Dove 100 "How Great Thou Art"

Wally Fowler All Night Singing Georgia Style..White Dove 101 "This Ole House"

Wally Fowler All Night Singing Alabama Style..White Dove 102 "Just A Closer Walk"

Wally Fowler All Night Singing Florida Style..White Dove 103 "May The Lord Bless You.."

Wally Fowler All Night Singing North Carolina Style..White Dove 104 "Wings of a Dove"

Wally Fowler All Night Singing South Carolina Style..White Dove 105 "Faith As The Grain Of A Mustard Seed"

Wally Fowler All Night Singing Kentucky Style..White Dove 106 "Where Will I Shelter My Sheep?"

Wally Fowler All Night Singing Mississippi Style..White Dove 107 "The Fourth Man"

Wally Fowler All Night Singing Ohio Style..White Dove 108 "Happiness is Just a Prayer Away"

Wally Fowler, The Oak Ridge Qt, Sunshine Boys, Autry Inman...Songs Of Inspiration... Guest Star 1464. Little Talk With Jesus, A Satisfied Mind, Farther Along, Closer Walk With Thee Four songs with the Oak Ridge Qt. These are live cuts. The other songs are with other artists. Mid-60's. Also released as Country & Western Gospel...Diplomat 2602

"Little" Troy Lumpkin Sings Just A Rose Will Do Skylite SLRP6001  Oaks back this singer. 1962

May The Lord Bless You Real Good..Big Gospel 113 May The Lord Bless You Real Good, This Ole House, He Is There, Where Will I Shelter My Sheep, Pray Pray Pray (For The USA), I Bowed On My Knees & Cried Holy, Brotherhood, Wasted Years, Wings Of A Dove, That Great Big Feeling, The Storm Of Life, Beyond The River (That Has No Bridge). Oaks voices not very distinctive. Mid 60's

Pray, Pray, Pray! for the USA..Songs of Faith 107 same songs as the above album.

David Beatty & The Oak Ridge Quartet..It's Different Now..Joybell 826B-4798 David Beatty was an evangelist/singer/songwriter. Wrote "It's Different Now" and "Welcome Home" which the Oaks recorded. Smitty Gatlin arranged this recording session and the musicians. Oaks have some solo parts. With Smitty, Willie, Herman, Tommy, & Bill Golden. Has a studio group photo on the back not on their albums. (1964) John Crenshaw tells me this is Jerry Lee Lewis & Jimmy Swaggart's cousin.

Jim McNeil...I'll Tell The World..Heart Warming 1928 Oaks and the singer's sisters back this singer. Cir. 1967

Anna Gordon Sings Country Gospel Favorites Columbia 9650 This is a singer with the Chuck Wagon Gang backed by the Oaks on all songs. Sing mostly Oaks songs and some songs the Oaks would later record. Quite good. 1968. Her son, Greg, was a drummer for the Oaks. See The Oaks Band page.

Stonewall Jackson..The Old Country Church..Columbia 10115 Jesus Hold My Hand*, The Old Country Church*, Where Could I Go But To The Lord, Something Got A Hold Of Me/Kneel At The Cross*, Save A Little Place For Me*, Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus*, A Tree For The Cross, Mama's Bible*, Farther Along*, What A Friend We Have In Jesus. *These songs with the Oak Ridge Boys. Cir. late 60's.

Red Foley & The Oak Ridge Boys..Songs For The Soul..Decca 4849 Nearer My God To Thee, I'm Going Home To Jesus*, Time Has Made A Change*, Lonely Mile*, My Room Of Prayer*, Amazing Grace, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow*, When The Saints Go Marching In, Rock Of Ages, Where Could I Go*, In The Shelter Of His Arms*, Without Him* *These songs with the Oak Ridge Boys. Cir late 60's to early 70's. Oaks voices not very distinctive.

Wanda Jackson..Praise The Lord..Capitol 11023 The King Is Coming, My Testimony, Didn't He Shine*, He Gives Us All His Love*, People Gotta Be Loving*, How Great Thou Art, Am I Not My Brother's Keeper*, Oh Happy Day*, He's The Man, Battle Hymn Of The Republic* *These songs with the Oak Ridge Boys. 1972

Chet Johnson..Peace In The Valley..Superior 1006 with the Oaks on back-up.

Praise The Lord & Pass The Soup/Ballad Of Barbara. With Johnny Cash & The Carter Family. Available as a single. Columbia Records 1973

King Of The Hill, Good Morning Friend, What On Earth Will You Do (For Heaven's Sake) Backup for Johnny Cash on his album "Ragged Old Flag". CBS Records S-80113  1974

Together Again...The Orrells..Heart Warming 3357 Richard Sterban, Norah Lee Allen, Judy Breland & others sing back-up on 4 songs. 1975

If You Emptied Out All Your Pockets You Could Not Make The Change. One song on this album by Maggie & Terre Roche (The Roches). The album is "Seductive Reasonings." The song with the Oaks is okay, but the rest of the album is terrible to me. Sounds like the group 4 Non Blondes singing off key. Produced by Paul Simon & Phil Ramone (only this song). Released on Columbia in 1975 and re-issued in 1981.

My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink & I Don't Love Jesus/This Hotel Room Backup for Jimmy Buffet on his album "Havana Daydreamin" 1976

Roy Clark..In Concert..ABC 2054. During a Las Vegas show, the Oaks sang back-up on this album. Not very distinctive. The back of the album is an in-concert picture of Roy & The Oaks. 1976

Or What with Junior Farrington Jr. And The Possums. Available as a single. Dog Productions 100-A  1976

Jesus Wasn't In It For The Dollar/For Crying Out Loud. From the album "Planet Time" by Rockland Road (The Oaks Band's name on this album). The first song is backed by the Oaks (not very distinctive), and the next one is backed by Richard. Signatur Records Swedish release, 1977.

Slip Slidin' Away. With Paul Simon.  Can't hear the Oaks very distinctly. Available as a single. Columbia 1977

A Piece Of The Rock. With Even Stevens. From the album "Thorn On The Rose" Elektra Records 7E-1113  1977

The King Of Country Music Meets The Queen Of Rock & Roll With Even Stevens from the album "Thorn On A Rose"  1977

Oklahoma Hills With Hank Thompson, exact year of recording is unknown.  Appeared on a CD in 1991 called Classic Country Duets on Curb Records. Cir. 1980

Broken Trust Backup for Brenda Lee on her album "Take Me Back". Available as a single. MCA 1980

Same Ole Me With George Jones off his album "The Same Ole Me."  Joe commented in 1981 that they began sounding like George while singing this song. You can hear it in this song. Available as a single. Epic 1981

You Make Me Want To Sing Back up for Joe Sun, from his album "The Best Of Joe Sun". This was the only new song on the album.  Elektra Records 60198   1982

Oh Girl with Con Hunley from the album "Oh Girl".  Warner Brothers Records  1982

Just For The Moment with Brenda Lee...released as a single on MCA Records  1982

Song Of The South / Lonesome Valley / Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms With Earl Scruggs & Tom T. Hall from the album "The Storyteller And The Banjo Man" Columbia Records FC37953  1982

Blue Moon Of Kentucky From the album "Bill Monroe and Friends." No solo parts, but Joe talks and the Oaks picture is on the cover. MCA 1983

This Old Heart (Is Gonna Rise Again). With Ray Charles, from his album "Friendship." Columbia 1984

When You Get To The Heart. With Barbara Mandrell. Richard has a short solo and Joe is pretty clear. From her album "Get To The Heart". Available as a single. MCA 1985

Sleepwalk with John McEuen from the album "John McEuen" Warner Brothers Records 25266  1985

Hey Joe with John McEuen, recorded in the same session as 'Sleepwalk', but this song remains unreleased. 1985

Come Go With Me / Elvira With The Beach Boys from the album "4th Of July Live" The Love Foundation  1985

You Can Lead A Heart To Love (But You Can't Make It Fall) With Tammy Wynette from the album "Sometimes When We Touch" Epic Records  1985

Out Goin' Cattin' From the same album by Sawyer Brown. Only Joe is on here. Available as a single. Capitol Records 1986

Music For My Soul/ You Turn The Light On From William Lee Golden's solo album "American Vagabond" MCA 1986

Big Bad John From the Charlie Daniel's Band album "Homesick Heroes." Especially features Richard. Oaks on the chorus. Epic 1988

Grand Central Station with The Forrester Sisters from "Family Faith". Great song featuring each of the Oaks. 1988

Save Me/ Scheherazade. Richard sings backup for Peter Cetera on these songs from "One More Story." Can hardly hear him. 1988

Ain't That Country/ Weekend From the comedy album "The Cheater's Telethon" by Gerry House. The Oaks sing the chorus on the first song and sing a verse and some solo lines on the second song along with Patty Loveless and The Gatlin Brothers. I think this is a really good album. The Oaks sound real good on their first song. MCA 1990

The Prodigal Son With Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, "Cookin' Up A Storm." Duane then The Oaks, then Richard sing lead on one verse and with the Gatlins on the choruses. 1990

Tomorrow's World With Various Artists (many many country stars) from the promotional 7" single "Tomorrow's World," William Lee Golden has a short line in the song. Warner Bros. Records  PRO-S-4069  1990

Don't Fence Me In From the Roy Rogers "Tribute" recording with Roy and Lorrie Morgan. RCA 1991

Thank God For Kids From Charlie Chase's album "My Wife, My Life." Columbia 1993

I Ain't Even Left With Billy Ray Cyrus from his recording "Storm In The Heartland." Their voices aren't distinct at all. Available as a single. 1994

I Know Duane sings one verse on this Dixie Echoes' recording, "He Did It All." Morning Star 1995

Daddy Sang Bass With Leon Russell from "Legend In My Time; Hank Wilson Vol. 3" 1998

"Dance With Me" title of Jimmy Sturr's CD. 5 songs feature the Oaks with Sturr's orchestra backing them. 1998

Old Gospel Ship With Gary McSpadden from "Back Home Again" 1999

When I Was A Cowboy With The Flying Burrito Brothers from the album "Sons Of The Golden West" Grateful Dead Records GDCD4065   1999

Heaven Bound with Michael Green from the album "Heaven Bound" GTL Records  1999

It Won't Be Long With Paid In Full from the album "A Brighter Day" featuring Duane Allen. independent release  2000

Me And Jesus with Charlie Sizemore from the album "The Story Is...The Songs Of Tom T. Hall"  2002

Burnin' The Honky Tonks Down With Alan Jackson from the album "What I Do". Richard Sterban Guest bass vocals.  Arista Nashville  2004

The Long Arm Of Love With Crossway from the CD "Shout Amen: 30 of Today's Top Southern Gospel Artists And Songs" Spring Hill Music CMD1095   2005

Train Long Gone With Hometown News from CD "Hometown News" Quarterback Records  2005

Daddy Sang Bass With The Chuck Wagon Gang from the CD "70th Anniversary 1936-2006" New Day Records   2006

A Whole Lot Of Love (To Go Home To) With Hank Locklin from the CD "By The Grace Of God: The Gospel Album" Yell Records   2006

John In The Jordan With Jerry Salley from the CD "New Songs, Old Friends" Mountain Home Records MH11152   2007

Slow Train With Shooter Jennings from the album "The Wolf" Universal South Records 2007

Simply Irresistible With Ernie Vee from the album "Simply Irresistible". Hailand Music Group  2007

The Legend And The Man With Trey Hensley from the album "It Is What It Is" featuring Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban. Kid In The Hat Records  2009

United We Stand With Jesse McReynolds from the album "United We Stand" featuring Duane Allen. J & J Music  2010

Take The High Road With The Blind Boys Of Alabama from the album "Take The High Road" Saguaro Records 26393-D   2011

Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight & I Am Strong With The Grascals from the album "Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin" Cracker Barrel  2011

Okolona Tennessee With Kenny Vaughan from the CD "V" Spring Hill Records 2011

Free Bird Fly With The Steven L. Smith Band from the album "Pieces".  This song features Joe Bonsall on the banjo only, no vocals. Vinyl Records  2011

Just A Closer Walk With Thee With John Hagee from the album "A Lifetime Of Music" John Hagee Ministries  2011

Down On My Knees With T.G. Sheppard from the album "Partners" Partners In Rhyme Records  2011

Why Me With Jason Crabb from the album "The Song Lives On". Featuring William Lee Golden. Gaither Music  2011

Dixie / Battle Hymn Of The Republic from the album "Tennessee Civil War 150 - Civil War Songs and Stories" William Lee Golden performs on these songs. National Public Television  2011

Gone Away With Bill Anderson - a single released in  2012

Stand By The River With Karen Peck from the album "How You Walk The Miles" Daywind Records  2012

"When Country Meets Dixie" title of the Dukes Of Dixieland CD. 4 songs feature the Oaks doing Dixieland style music. Leisure Music Group  2012

Bow Chicka Wow Wow With Cody Carver from the album "I Just Might Live Forever" featuring Richard Sterban. PLC Records  2012

Back In The Fold / Look Unto The East / I Was There When It Happened / Sanctified / Would You Recognize Jesus / That's Just Like Jesus / What On Earth Will You Do (For Heaven's Sake)* /
Keep Me From Blowing Away / Don't Give Up On Me / Over The Next Hill (We'll Be Home) / Waiting On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan / Our Little Old Home Town
With Johnny Cash from the
album "Bootleg Vol. 4 - The Soul Of Truth." All songs recorded in the mid 1970's.  *different arrangement than on 'Ragged Old Flag.' Sony Music  2012

Glory Hallelujah With Bo Bice from the album "Glory Hallelujah" deluxe single featuring William Lee Golden. Sugar Money Records  2013

Amazing Grace / How Great Thou Art  With Percy Sledge from the CD "The Gospel Of Percy Sledge".  William Lee Golden sings on these two songs. David Johnson Productions  2013

Just A Closer Walk With Thee With John Hagee from the CD "A Lifetime Of Music" Difference Media Group  2013

White Christmas With Deborah Allen from the CD "Rockin' Little Christmas". Weblast Records  2013

People Get Ready / How Do You Know With T. Graham Brown from the CD "Forever Changed".  MCM World Media  2014

The Oak Ridge Boys & Me With Willie Wynn from the CD "Willie Wynn & Friends".  2014

Long Gone With The Blackwood Brothers from the CD "Forever: 80th Anniversary Recording"  2014

Dream On With Mary Sarah from the CD "Bridges" Cleopatra Records  2014

Get Up Joseph With Lynn Anderson from the CD "Bridges" Center Sound  2015

Elvira With Home Free from the CD "Country Evolution" Columbia Records  2015

The Twelve Days Of Christmas With Rhonda Vincent from the CD "Christmas Time" Upper Management Music  2015

When The River Meets The Sea With Paul Williams from the CD "A Little On The Windy Side (Expanded Edition)" as a bonus track.  Portrait Records  2015

Doing It To Country Songs With Blake Shelton from the CD "If I'm Honest" Warner Bros. Records  2016

Hell Stays Open All Night Long / A Place To Hang My Hat With Moe Bandy from the CD "Lucky Me" Bandy Productions   2016

Circuit Rider William Lee Golden does a duet with Russ Taff on the CD "Best Of Homecoming 2017" Gaither Music Group  2016

Sweeter As The Days Go By With Various Artists from the album "Sweeter As The Days Go By." Joe Bonsall appears on this track. Spring House Music  2017

Give The World A Smile With Various Artists from the album "Give The World A Smile." Richard Sterban appears on this track. Spring House Music  2017

Old Camp Meeting Time With Rex Wiseman from the CD "Welcome Home" Dixie Dawg Records  2017

Dinner On The Ground With The Little Roy And Lizzy Show from the CD "Going Home" Stowtown Records  2017

Love Me Like A Rock With Third Day from the CD "Revival" Essential Records  2017











Special thanks to Irl Grundy and Rex Kamstra for the majority of this information