North Central College Fine & Performing Arts

Country legends The Oak Ridge Boys spice up holidays at North Central College

Published on 10/31/2012

The Oak Ridge Boys celebrate the holiday season with their show “Christmas Time’s a Comin’” at North Central College Dec. 21.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $60, $50 and $45; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas show combines classic hits and holiday favorites performed by lead singer Duane Allen, bass singer Richard Sterban, along with tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden. As one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry, their four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have spawned dozens of country hits, Grammy, Dove, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades.

The original creation of the country and gospel music group traces back to 1945 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. In the late ’60s Allen joined the group as lead singer and when the Oaks needed a bass and tenor in ’72 and ’73, respectively, Sterban and Bonsall got the calls, forming the present quartet. Since the release of the first album “Y’all Come Back Saloon” in 1976, the group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, one double platinum album and had more than a dozen national No. 1 singles and more than 30 top 10 hits.

Their career has spanned not only decades, but also formats. They produced one of the first country music videos and have recorded with renowned names, such as George Jones, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bill Monroe and Ray Charles. Their string of hits includes the country-pop chart topper “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “American Made,” “Fancy Free,” “Gonna Take A Lot Of River” and many others. Their latest album “Christmas Time’s A-Coming” was launched in late September, featuring the masterful blend of new and traditional yuletide tunes.

The Oaks’ high-energy stage show remains the heart and soul of what they do and they have become one of the most enduringly successful touring groups anywhere, still performing some 150 dates each year at major theaters, fairs and festivals across the United States and Canada.

Navistar is underwriting sponsor of North Central College’s 2012-2013 Fine and Performing Arts Season. The season is partially supported by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.