April 24

Life and Blessings: Richard Sterban’s 75th Birthday


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Richard Sterban

Richard Sterban is the bass singer of the country and gospel band named The Oak Ridge Boys. Sterban was born in Camden, New Jersey on April 24, 1943. At a young age, he started singing in his school. He first started to be a tenor then move to singing bass.

Before Oak Ridge Boys

Before Sterban was part of the Oak Ridge Boys in 1972 he joined JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet who toured with Elvis Presley. This given Sterban the chance to meet and tour with Presley. While he was working with Presley, he was offered to be part of the group The Oak Ridge Boys. He joined them since it was his dream to be part of the best singing group.

His signature song, “Elvira”

Sterban is best known for his bass solo for the group’s single “Elvira” in 1981. On an interview, Sterban mentioned that the song was asked by a gentleman named Ronnie Gant to their producer. Saying that the Oak Ridge Boys record the song. When they performed, it became a huge hit. Everyone remembers that line when Sterban sings, “Oom papa, mow mow.” He also considered it to be the reason for his fame.

When He’s not Busy Singing

It has been 46 years since Sterban’s part of the Oak Ridge Boys. However, when he’s not singing or making music he works as an official ambassador for a baseball team. He has been passionate about baseball for a very long time. He also enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Oak Ridge Boys New Album

The Oak Ridge Boys have released their new album this year, 17th Avenue Revival. It was the first album they have released since 2015. The first single in their album is “Brand New Star.” Furthermore, the group is still on tour this year until the end of June.

Here in Country Thang Daily, we would like to greet Richard Sterban a Happy Birthday, and thank you for making great music.

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