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Duane Allen, lead vocalist for legendary quartet The Oak Ridge Boys, was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame  Saturday night (Aug. 9). The Texas native was also named an honorary admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry during the ceremony, held in Carthage, Texas.
A new exhibit devoted to Duane’s life and career was unveiled inside the Hall of Fame museum during the course of the evening. Duane noted that he had not seen the exhibit prior to his induction ceremony.
“I had no idea what would be there,” he said about the event. “I’d requested that it be a total surprise, and it was my wife, Nora Lee, Kathy Harris in our office and Jim Halsey, our manager, who supplied all of the [memorabilia] for the exhibit.”
Duane added, “It is a huge honor, and I am humbled to the core of my soul with this induction.”
The other three Oaks members, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban, were able to share in the spotlight, as they were proclaimed Honorary Texans during the evening. The quartet also gave a special performance to mark the occasion.