'From Elvis to Elvira' follows Richard Sterban's career

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Ann Fiore
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bass singer Richard Sterban is best known for his work with the Oak Ridge Boys, but he had an established music career before that.

Sterban's new book, “From Elvis to Elvira,” released this month, follows Sterban through his career, which started when he was a 6-year-old soprano in the Sunday school choir in Camden, N.J. (His voice changed from tenor to bass between seventh and eighth grades.)

As a young man, Sterban sang in various groups before joining J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet, the backup group for Elvis Presley.

Sterban said he had been a casual fan of Elvis' music until he met the King of Rock and Roll at a rehearsal in Minneapolis.

As usual, Elvis was fashionably late. When he arrived with his entourage, the atmosphere in the room changed, Sterban recalled.

“You could almost feel him,” he said. “He had such magnetism, such charisma. I went from being a casual Elvis fan to being a huge Elvis fan. I realized then that this guy's the biggest star in the world.”

Sterban recorded with Elvis and appeared in one of his movies, “Elvis on Tour.” But in 1972, he made the life-changing decision to join the Oak Ridge Boys, and he hasn't looked back since.

“From Elvis to Elvira” features untold stories about the Oak Ridge Boys and delves into Sterban's other interests, including baseball (he's part owner of the Nashville Sounds, the Milwaukee Brewers' AAA club), fashion, fitness and weather.

The book will be sold at the Aug. 30 concert and is available at oakridgeboys.com and richardsterban.com.

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