The American Legion and Grammy Award-winning artists, The Oak Ridge Boys, are uniting to raise awareness and support for needs of U.S. military veterans, including better detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), help with the VA benefits process, and education and career opportunities for those who served our nation in uniform.
The American Legion is the country’s largest veterans service organization, with 2.4 million members who work every day on behalf of the men and women who have served our nation in uniform. The Oak Ridge Boys will participate in a national fundraising and awareness campaign to support the detection and treatment of mental health issues among veterans, 22 of whom are lost each day to suicide.
As one of country music’s longest-running groups, The Oak Ridge Boys’ legacy extends back to the end of World War II. The current group – which consists of lead singer Duane Allen, bass singer Richard Sterban, tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden – recently celebrated more than 40 years performing together. In that time, The Oak Ridge Boys have produced more than 30 top 10 hit songs, 12 gold records, three platinum records, one double-platinum album and a double-platinum single, with combined sales totaling 41 million records sold. They maintain a vigorous touring schedule and released a live album in April, “Boys Night Out.”
The Oaks recently performed at the 8th Annual Academy of Country Music Honors Awards held at Ryman Auditorium. While there, the group presented their longtime booking agent, Paul Moore, with the Mae Boren Axton Award in recognition of his years of service to the music industry. Pictured L to R: Duane Allen; William Lee Golden; ORB manager, Jim Halsey; Paul Moore; Richard Sterban; and Joe Bonsall.
Photo by Rick Diamond - Getty Images/Courtesy of Academy of Country Music
We extend sincere condolences to Richard Sterban and his family on the loss of his mother, Victoria Sterban. She will be greatly missed by everyone at Oak Ridge Boys, Inc.
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