Oak Ridge Boys to Join Grand Ole Opry
Little Jimmy Dickens surprises group with invitation.
The Oak Ridge Boys were invited to join the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night (July 8). The legendary group, made up of William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall, Richard Sterban and Duane Allen, will be formally inducted on Aug. 6.
The invitation came from a Little Jimmy Dickens, who was sporting a William Lee-like beard. After the Oaks performed their hit “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” 90-year Opry member Little Jimmy surprised the group.
“All my life I’ve wanted to be a little bitty Oak Ridge Boy,” Little Jimmy told those in attendance. “On August 6, I will become the newest member of the Oak Ridge Boys, and at that time, you will become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry!”
Joe Bonsall responded for the group, saying, “Jimmy, that’s the funniest thing we’ve ever seen, first of all. This is a brotherhood and sisterhood unlike any other. We have been friends of the Opry for a long time. . . . We will get on our bus later and let this process, and I guess we have until August 6 to let it sink in.”
The group concluded its set with the classic “Elvira,” then returned to the stage to join Larry Gatlin on “All the Gold in California.”
After the show, Joe took to Twiiter to express the group's appreciation. "TONIGHT a Philly boy goes to bed as a member of THE Grand Ol' @OPRY THAT'S AMERICA!! Thanks for ALL the love shown to @oakridgeboys tonight."