The Oak Ridge Boys Invited To Join The Grand Ole Opry In Nashville
July 11, 2011 at 6:22 AM (PT)
Country group THE OAK RIDGE BOYS were invited to join the GRAND OLE OPRY in NASHVILLE on FRIDAY night (7/8). The group, which is made up of WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN, JOE BONSALL, RICHARD STERBAN and DUANE ALLEN, will be formally inducted into the OPRY family on SATURDAY, AUGUST 6th.
After the OAKS performed their song “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” OPRY member JIMMY DICKENS surprised the group by walking on stage dressed as a 4’11” WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN, including long beard and sunglasses.
“All my life I’ve wanted to be a little bitty OAK RIDGE BOY,” DICKENS said. “On AUGUST 6th, I will become the newest member of the OAK RIDGE BOYS, and at that time, you will become the newest members of the GRAND OLE OPRY!”
BONSALL said, “JIMMY, that’s the funniest thing we’ve ever seen, first of all. This is a brotherhood and sisterhood unlike any other. We have been friends of the OPRY for a long time. … We will get on our bus later and let this process, and I guess we have until AUGUST 6th to let it sink in.”
For more on the OPRY, visit www.opry.com. For more on the OAK RIDGE BOYS, visit www.oakridgeboys.com.