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Second Cup Cafe: The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys, one of the longest-running groups in country music, are back, and bringing a lot of country and a little bit of rock, blues and gospel.

Known for the hit, "Elvira," which helped them cross over to the pop charts, The Oak Ridge Boys even have ties to the "King of Pop."

In 1981 the group crossed paths with the Jackson 5 at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium.

The Jackson 5 serenaded William Lee Golden of The Oak Ridge Boys and his sons with "Elvia," which was topping the charts at the time.

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Golden and family returned the favor, singing "Happy Birthday" to Michael Jackson, who had just turned 23. They presented Jackson with a birthday cake after a photo was taken.

The Oak Ridge Boys stopped by "The Early Show Saturday Edition"'s Second Cup Cafe to perform a song off their new album, "The Boys are Back," along with their classic hit, "Elvira."

The talented quartet's four-part harmonies and upbeat songs have resonated with fans across the country, pop, and gospel genres, selling more than 30 million records.

The Boys know how to re-invent themselves. They started out as a gospel group in 1973, but later decided to delve into country music and knew they should look the part.

So the fabulous four grew their hair long and stopped wearing matching suits, reinventing themselves as country stars with 1977's "Y'All Come Back Saloon."

"I think, if you're going to stay around as long as us, reinvention is absolutely, 100 percent necessary," said tenor Joe Bonsall on the quartet's official Web site. "We're still out here, and we're still smokin' along because we've got four guys who are always thinking ahead, looking forward."

The Boys have ten Gold Albums, two Platinum, and one Double Platinum album as well as 25 No. 1 hits including: "Elvira," "American Made," "Bobbie Sue," "Thank God For Kids," and "Y'all Come Back Saloon."

"It's great after all these years that we still get to make exciting new music," said baritone Golden on their Web site. "I just feel so blessed."

The Academy of Country Music named The Oak Ridge Boys a 2008 recipient of the ACM Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. Back in October 2000, the Gospel Music Association inducted the Oak Ridge Boys into its Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The Oak Ridge boys formed in 1943 in Knoxville, Tenn. with different members. Golden and Duan Allen joined in the late '60s, Richard Sterban and Bonsall joined in the early '70s.

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