Duane Allen

  • Oak Ridge Boys / Reba McEntire / Garth Brooks

“…when I heard the sound of the Vintage® V52, all cranked up through a tube amp, it reminded me of the first time I heard those great classic ’52 sounds; very clean, full bodied… it just pumped me up…”

About Duane Allen

A native of Taylortown, Texas, Duane (“Ace”) Allen had formal training in both operatic and quartet singing before becoming a member of the Oaks in 1966, joining Tenor Joe Bonsall, baritone William Lee Golden and bass Richard Sterban Duane graduated from Paris Junior College, and then Texas A&M University at Commerce, Texas.

He received a B.S. in Music from Texas A&M, studying with Metropolitan Opera stars Richard Webb and William Abbott. For his classical music degree, he concentrated on voice, piano, and composition. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from both Paris Junior College and Texas A&M. He and his wife Norah Lee underwrite a scholarship fund for Texas A&M University Department of Music students.

The Oaks Ridge Boys have won countless industry awards, many for their chart topping “Elvira!, and they’ve had twelve gold, three platinum, one double platinum album, more than a dozen No1 hits, and of thirty top ten chart hits.

Their 1981 Billboard No. 1 single “Fancy Free” has received over 120,000 hours of play worldwide, the equivalent of thirteen years continuous play!