Oak Ridge Boys' Duane Allen Inducted Into Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame
August 13, 2014 at 6:40 AM (PT)
OAK RIDGE BOYS lead singer DUANE ALLEN was inducted into the TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME on SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th. ALLEN was also named an honorary Admiral in the TEXAS NAVY by Governor RICK PERRY.
The 17th annual induction celebration included a concert by the OAK RIDGE BOYS and free tours of the museum which currently features an exhibit on ALLEN's life and career.
"I am still in the after-glow of a very overwhelming event in my life," stated ALLEN. "It is a huge honor, and I am humbled to the core of my soul with this induction. My first emotional moment was when I walked into the TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME. Less than a few feet inside, I had to just stop and gather my feelings. Every emotional fiber of my body was saying, 'WOW!!!' Then, I was walked around to my exhibit. I had no idea what would be there. I'd requested that it be a total surprise, and it was my wife, NORAH LEE, KATHY HARRIS, in our office, and JIM HALSEY, our manager, who supplied all of the memories for my exhibit. RUSTY SUMMERVILLE organized all of the items. I was emotionally overcome when I saw it all."
OAK RIDGE BOYS members JOE BONSALL, WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN, and RICHARD STERBAN were also named honorary TEXANS during the ceremony, per ALLEN's request. "He's the one that was being inducted. But, he wanted all of the other members to be honored right along with him," explained TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME Founder TOMMIE RITTER SMITH. "So, the OAK RIDGE BOYS were proudly named honorary TEXANS."
For more information on the TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME and DUANE ALLEN museum exhibit, visit their website.