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The Oak Ridge Boys' Richard Sterban talks longevity, reinvention and classic hits like 'Elvira'




You've probably never heard of Richard Sterban, but he has one of the most famous lines in country music history. As the bass singer for the Oak Ridge Boys, he's the guy who put the "oom papa mow mow" in the group's chart-topping 1981 hit, Elvira.

The quartet brings its four-part harmonies back to the opening day of the Florida Strawberry Festival on Thursday, making at least its 10th appearance in Plant City.

"Part of our longevity comes from the fact we try to reinvent ourselves a little bit," Sterban said. "We're still the Oak Ridge Boys, but I think our new music is a little more relevant to the current marketplace."

For more with Sterban, click here for Ernest Hooper's interview.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 5:25pm]


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