PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.—The multi-award winning Oak Ridge Boys, will receive the 2012 James D. Vaughan Impact Award on October 3 during a special ceremony at Dollywood at the Southern Gospel Music Association’s (SGMA) annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards.
When told of the news, Duane Allen lead singer for the Oaks said, “It is a huge honor for The Oak Ridge Boys to be presented with the James D. Vaughan Impact Award. Southern style gospel music is the foundation of harmony which is the sound of The Oak Ridge Boys. We all grew up loving the great gospel quartets and gospel music. We are very humbled to have been chosen to receive this award and look forward to its presentation at Dollywood October 3rd”.
Group members Duane Allen, William Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban will be on hand to accept the award which is named in honor of James D. Vaughan, a Southern gospel music pioneer and one of the genre’s founders. Past recipients include Bill Gaither, James Blackwood, Les Beasley, Bob Brumley, Mosie Lister, Paul Heil, Eva Mae LeFevre, J.G. Whitfield, Lari Goss, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton and the Statler Brothers.
“The name Oak Ridge has long been associated with gospel music. Even today the Oaks are still delivering the gospel sound to their audiences in their own inimitable fashion. Their endeavors to persevere have not gone un-noticed. Their rich gospel music legacy makes us proud to honor them with the James D. Vaughan Impact Award”, said Charlie Waller, Executive Director of the SGMA.
The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. Their name was officially changed to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s. This group was one of the all-time favorite quartets in gospel music history and by 1973, began to make their entry into country music by signing with Columbia Records. The Boys have enjoyed 25 top ten singles, including 13 number one hits. They continue to tour and record today. Their most popular gospel songs included “I Know,” “King Jesus” and the ever popular, “Jesus Is Coming Soon,” written by SGMA Hall of Fame member, the late R.E. Winsett.
The SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Singing News Fan Awards take place October 3, 2012 at DP’s Celebrity Theatre at Dollywood, home of the Southern Gospel Music Museum and Hall of Fame. Seating is reserved, and tickets are $75 ($55 for Dollywood season passholders) and include one-day Dollywood admission, parking and lunch as well as Dollywood’s more than 40 rides, shows and attractions. Tickets go on sale March 1st and must be purchased in advance by calling the SGMA office at (865) 908-4040.
The SGMA is a non-profit organization that maintains the Southern Gospel Music Museum and Hall of Fame, the only facility honoring Southern gospel music and dedicated to the historic preservation of the genre’s accomplishments, both for the music and the people. Museum hours coincide with Dollywood’s operating schedule. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information about the museum or its inductees, visit www.sgma.org.