Oak Ridge Boys – Country Christmas Eve (1995)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. Their name was changed to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s, and they remained a gospel group until the mid-1970s, when they changed their image and concentrated on country music.

The lineup which produced their most well-known country and crossover hits (such as “Elvira” (1981), “Bobbie Sue” (1982), and “American Made” consists of Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall (tenor), William Lee Golden (baritone), and Richard Sterban (bass). Golden and Allen joined the group in the mid-1960s, and Sterban and Bonsall joined in the early 1970s. Aside from an eight-year gap (1987–95) when Golden left the group and was replaced, this lineup has been together since 1973 and continues to tour and record. (by wikipedia)

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The Oaks’ gospel roots come back into focus on Country Christmas Eve, a ho-hum collection of contemporary and traditional holiday songs both secular and spiritual in origin. In addition to renditions of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and the “Manger Medley” (which brings together “The First Noel,” “Joy to the World,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High”), the group also tackles more modern material like “Blue Christmas” and “Daddy’s Christmas Eve,” authored by Oak Ridge Boy Joe Bonsall. Country Christmas Eve also features their 1982 hit “Thank God for Kids.” (by Jason Ankeny)

And: Listen to “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” … one of the finest version of this old christmas tune, including a real hot saxophone solo !

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Personnel:

vocals:
Duane Allen (lead vocals)
Joe Bonsall (tenor)
William Lee Golden (baritone)
Richard Sterban (bass)
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Larry Byrom (guitar)
Dewey Dorough (saxophone)
Mitch Humphries (piano)
David Hungate (bass)
Richard Landis (percussion)
Paul Leim (drums)
Carl Marsh (synthesizer)
Steve Nathan (keyboards)
Billy Joe Walker jr. (guitar)
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background vocals:
Curtis Young – Dennis Wilson – Jim Ferguson

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Tracklist:
01. Pretty Litle Baby Child (B.Rice/Jarvis/S.Rice) 3.40
02. Blue Christmas (Hayes/Johnson) 2.52
03. Manger Medley (Traditional) 3.53
04. Mrs. Santa Claus (Ewing) 2.37
05. Daddy’s Christmas Eve (Bonsall) 2.24
06. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Gillespie/Coots) 3.45
07. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Ram/Gannon/Kent) 3.20
08. Thank God For Kids (Raven) 1.44
09. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Traditional) 2.49
10. Jesus Is Born Today (Bunch) 3.44

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The Oak Ridge Boys in 2018