The Oak Ridge Boys and Jim Ed Brown are among this year’s inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Oaks are entering the Hall as this year’s Modern Era inductees. The vocal quartet’s original roots reach back to the 1940s, but it was in the 1970s, when they switched from gospel music to country music, that they experienced their biggest success with hits like “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue” and “American Made.” The group’s current lineup — Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Joe Bonsall — have been together since 1973, except for an eight-year period when Golden left the group.
Opry star Jim Ed Brown and his group The Browns is this year’s Veterans Era inductee. The Browns topped the Billboard pop and country charts with the song “The Three Bells.” In 1967, Jim Ed Brown scored his first solo hit with “Pop a Top,” his signature song, and later released a series of popular duets with Helen Cornelius, including “I Don’t Want to Have to Marry You.” Brown has also worked as a TV and radio host.
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