Peek at the past: Guess who?

7 01 2011

I photographed these two performers in the mid 80s. I ran up to the stage to get a quick shot and saw my graphic design professor who happened to be sitting right by the stage. He offered to let me stowaway under the table so I could have better access to photographing the group. I was so close that I couldn’t get the other two members of the band in this photograph. Do you know who these two are and who the group is?

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.



4 responses

7 01 2011

I think I may have a “hillbilly love child” by the one on the left.
You got his address?

7 01 2011
Ruby Nell

I think I may have a “hillbilly love child” by the one on the left.
My Finneus Ray is the spittin image of him. You got his address?
That teal Members Only jacket was mine.

7 01 2011
gale marple

The guy on the left looks like Carlos Santana, one of my favorite musicians.

7 01 2011

Hey, I know those two—that’s Dan & Broadstreet! No, make that Dun & Bradstreet. What do I win, huh, huh? What do I win?

No, I josh. I just made that up—that’s neither of those—that’s exactly one-half of the Oak Ridge Boys, the group of Elvira fame, a group that has been around, under one name or another and not necessarily comprised with the same four members, since World War II.

As for your positioning yourself for this shot—were you really under the table? Or were you on the floor in front of the table? I should think that any shot taken from under the table would have been comprised by its proximity to the underside of the table, but hey, what do I know? I’m not a photographer.

For the edification of your legions of readers I have conducted extensive research on the group—actually I Googled it—and found far more than any normal person would want to know. If you don’t believe me, Google this:

Here’s a not-so-brief excerpt:

One of the longest-running groups in country music, the Oak Ridge Boys started life as a gospel quartet before gradually modernizing their style and moving into secular country-pop. Yet even at the height of their popularity in the late ’70s and early ’80s — when they were big enough to cross over to the pop charts — their sound always remained deeply rooted in country gospel harmony. Their existence dates all the way back to World War II, circa 1942-1943, when a Knoxville, TN, group began performing gospel songs in nearby Oak Ridge, the home of an atomic bomb research facility. The group’s members also performed in a larger aggregation called Wally Fowler & the Georgia Clodhoppers, which recorded for Capitol. However, lead singer Fowler decided to focus on gospel music in 1945. Dubbed the Oak Ridge Quartet, the group first appeared at the Grand Ole Opry that year and made their first recordings in 1947 with a lineup of Fowler, Lon “Deacon” Freeman, Curly Kinsey, and Johnny New.

If I’m wrong about the identity of these people, I sure have wasted lots of time, effort, paper and ink!

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