Conversations with Missy: Richard Sterban on Elvis and The Oak Ridge Boys

by Missy Wolf / 584 days ago / Comments

Anticipating his entrance into the office of The Oak Ridge Boys, I was excited and eager to speak with legendary Bass Singer, Richard Sterban.

Sterban is one of the very few artists I know of that can sing at an extremely low register. In the early 1970's, Sterban hired by J.D. Sumner to join J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. During this time, Sterban's vocal ability not only landed him a part in the band, he was also blessed with the opportunity to join Elvis on stage.

During his time with Elvis, Sterban shared many great moments with the "King of Rock and Roll". In his book, From Elvis To Elvira, Sterban describes many of those moments. From everything I know about Elvis, Sterban was definitely lucky to have been able to experience the world of the "King" if only for a short while.

While speaking with Sterban, I wanted to talk about his fondest memories with Elvis.  We laughed as he shared stories about one of the best and most real pranks of all time, food choices and more. Sterban even shared what it was like to have been able to sleep over at Graceland. Can you imagine the stories those walls could tell?

Being that this week is "Elvis Week' with today marking the 40 year anniversary of the beloved rock star's death, our conversation with Sterban was centered around Elvis, however, we still wanted to share moments with The Oakridge Boys, Johnny Cash, Sunny West and Red West. Each of these people had a unique connection to Elvis. Each of these friends and fellow artists all played a part in the remarkable life of Elvis that was cut too short.

We hope that you enjoy our great conversation with Sterban and that you walk away with learning something new about the man that broke hearts, made women swoon, made me jealous, and just made the world a much better place with his compassion, generosity, and untouchable musical abilities.

Please be sure to follow The Oakridge Boys on social media and do not forget to grab your copy of Sterban's book, From Elvis To Elvira. There are so many stories and memories on those pages that you will definitely want to learn about. ~Missy


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03/29/2019 : Mountain Arts Center: Prestonsburg, KY
03/30/2019 : Macomb Center For The Performing Arts: Clinton Township, MI
04/04/2019 : Peoples Bank Theatre: Marietta, OH
04/05/2019 : Sandusky State Theatre: Sandusky, OH
04/06/2019 : Renfro Valley Barn Dance: Mt Vernon, KY
04/12/2019 : Missouri Theatre: St Joseph, MO
04/13/2019 : WinnaVegas Casino Resort: Sloan, IA
04/16/2019 : The Grand Theater: Wausau, WI
04/18/2019 : Mystic Lake Casino Hotel: Prior Lake, MN
04/19/2019 : Black Bear Casino Resort: Carlton, MN
04/20/2019 : Dakota Magic Casino: Hankinson, ND
04/25/2019 : Northern Oklahoma College: Tonkawa, OK
04/26/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
04/27/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
04/30/2019 : Bridgestone Arena: Nashville, TN
05/02/2019 : Miller Theater: Augusta, GA
05/03/2019 : Blue Ridge Electric Co-Op: Pickens, SC
05/10/2019 : John A. Walker Community Center: Wilkesboro, NC
05/11/2019 : Red Barn Convention Center: Winchester, OH
05/16/2019 : Majestic Theater: Gettysburg, PA
05/17/2019 : Penn's Peak: Jim Thorpe, PA
05/18/2019 : Victoria Theatre: Dayton, OH
06/07/2019 : Hartville Kitchen: Hartville, OH
06/08/2019 : Hartville Kitchen: Hartville, OH
06/29/2019 : Ferro Pavilion: Williams Bay, WI
07/26/2019 : Clare County Fair: Harrison, MI
08/11/2019 : Beacon Theatre: Hopewell, VA
09/13/2019 : Georgia Mountain Fair Inc: Hiawassee, GA
09/18/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
09/19/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
09/23/2019 : Bloomsburg Fairgrounds: Bloomsburg, PA
09/25/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
09/26/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/02/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/03/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
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10/10/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/16/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/17/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/19/2019 : Blue Gate Theatre: Shipshewana, IN
10/23/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
10/24/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/06/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/07/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/13/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/14/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/20/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
11/21/2019 : The Mansion Theatre: Branson, MO
12/06/2019 : The Palace Theatre: Greensburg, PA
12/07/2019 : Roland E. Powell Convention Center: Ocean City, MD
12/21/2019 : Crystal Grand Music Theatre: Wisconsin Dells, WI
01/18/2020 : The Grand 1894 Opera House: Galveston, TX
01/19/2020 : The Grand 1894 Opera House: Galveston, TX

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From an early age I knew music and entertainment were in my blood. I have always been enamored with the idea of being in this industry, though I never wanted to be a front and center "Star". Taking the audience behind the scenes for up close conversations with the artists they love is where I want to be. Life in lyrics has always been my style, so as my favorite country artist Wade Hayes sings, I am living my life and chasing my dreams! Conducting interviews, meeting talented people and sharing stories and adventure are my passion. My new favorite hashtag is #iaskyouanswer, so stay tuned for more interviews, articles and adventures!