Wally Fowler And The Oak Ridge Quartet (circa 1959-early 1960s)
This article is for the group that existed briefly in the late 1950s and early 1960s. For the full history of the Oak Ridge Boys/Quartet, see Oak Ridge Boys.
In the late 1950s, Wally Fowler transferred ownership of the Oak Ridge Quartet name to the group members to settle a debt. Some time later, he began to use the Oak Ridge Quartet name again. His previous group ultimately filed a lawsuit forcing Fowler to abandon the name. Fowler recorded several albums as Wally Fowler And The Oak Ridge Quartet during this time period. The history and personnel of some of these recordings is unclear.
Some of the earlier titles on this list may have featured the legitimate Oak Ridge Quartet backing Fowler.
1959 Victory Thru Jesus (Hilltop Records/JS-6008): Victory Thru Jesus; A Wonderful Time Up There; Master Jesus Is A-Listening; Call Of The Cross; You Must Have That Pure Religion; A Beautiful Life; Perfect Joy; Signs By The Side Of The Road; Someday We'll Know; Make Your Appointment Today; There's A New Heaven For My Soul; The Lord's Prayer.
1960 Gospel Song Festival (King Records/702): Wonderful Time Up There; Master Jesus Is A Listening; Call Of The Cross; You Must Have That Pure Religion; A Beautiful Life; Perfect Joy; Sings By The Side Of The Road; Someday We'll Know; Victory Through Jesus; Make Your Appointment Today; Turn On Your Light; There's A New Heaven For My Soul.
1962 Pray, Pray, Pray For The U.S.A. (Songs Of Faith Records/SOF-107): May The Lord Bless You Real Good; This Old House; He Is There; Where Will I Shelter My Sheep; I Bowed On My Knees ; Brotherhood; Pray, Pray, Pray For The USA; Wasted Years; Wings Of A Dove; That Great Big Feeling; The Storm Of Life; Beyond The River (That Has No Bridge) (The song "May The Lord Bless You Real Good" was used in the 1961 Susan Hayward/Dean Martin film Ada, leading to a re-issue of this LP on (Big Gospel Records/BG-SLP 113) with the title May The Lord Bless You Real Good).
1965 You Will Reap What You Sow (Hilltop Gospel/GS-7002): You Will Reap Just What You Sow; May The Circle Be Complete; Everybody’s Gonna Have A Wonderful Time Up There; You Must Have Pure Religion; Turn On Your Light; Want To Be A Servant; Life’s Evening Sun; There’s No Pass To Heaven; I Have New Born Soul; Call Of The Cross.
1965 Two Roads (Songs Of Faith Records/SOF-127): Two Roads; My Lord Is Big And Strong; When A Child Kneels Down To Pray; Just Thirteen Steps Away; God Is Always There; Summertime Religion; Church In The Valley; Closer; Can I Take My Friends With Me; (He Was Doing) What The Lord Told Him To Do; Come Unto Me; How To Be Miserable. (Wally Fowler, Bob Robinson, Will Crow, Paul Downey, Little Troy Lumpkin, Anna Laura Fowler) (Musicians include: Fred Carter, Jerry Smith, Dick Willis and Joe Zinkin).