Oakridge Boys were good friends with the President and his wife Barbara for years. President Bush himself was a long time fan of the quartet. So when he got seriously ill, the first lady called them from the hospital. To ease the President’s pain, they entertained him with stories and sang songs he liked from their album. The last they sang was his favorite, “Amazing Grace.” Miraculously, that one phone call helped a great deal because the day after, the president’s health improved.
Mainstream media soon picked on the story. They were credited for their singing which contributed to the President’s recovery. Delighted with the good news that the president is all well, they modestly declined the commendation.
“That was not us. We just want to make him (the President) happy. It’s Jesus who healed him,” says tenor singer Joe Bansal.[like_button]
MORE ABOUT THE OAKRIDGE BOYS
The Quartet whose voices soared since the 40s to their heydays in the 70s and 80s are still one of America’s most beloved groups. Three of their most well-known country hits were Elvira, Bobbie Sue, and American Made. Like The Gatlin Brothers, they have dedicated their mature years in singing country gospel. In one interview with the Artie Lange Show, they want to make Gospel singing as big a deal as their country hits.
“We believe in putting Jesus Christ first in our lives. When you do that, good things happen.”
Members are Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall(tenor), William Lee Golden (baritone), and Richard Sterban (bass). Each one is different and instead of allowing that to put a wedge between them, they have pledged to respect each other over the course of years. A wise move because that lead to their longevity. Always, they made their love for music their common ground to dispel any misunderstanding. Currently, besides releasing Gospel tracks, they frequent singing with the Gaither’s Vocal Band.[like_button]