1952 - 1998
While with the group The Oak Ridge Boys, they recorded country hits such as "Gonna Take A Lot Of River", "No Matter How High", "Beyond Those Years", and "Lucky Moon" . Prior to joining the group's front rank in 1987, he spent five years playing rhythm guitar with The Oaks Band.
Steve who was born September 17th, 1952 in Richland, Georgia, started his musical career at age 5 singing gospel music, billed as "Little Stevie Sanders". He later appeared on Broadway in The Yearling, and in the 1967 film Hurry Sundown starring Faye Dunaway. Later, Steve traveled overseas with Mylon Lefevre and Stevie Winwood, before joining The Oaks Band. You may also have seen him on TV shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, To Tell the Truth, and Gunsmoke.
Steve Sanders, who was part of The Oak Ridge Boys for nearly a decade, died on Wednesday, June 10,1998 at his Florida home, an apparent self-inflicted gunshot suicide.
The remaining Oak Ridge Boys (in a statement issued by their publicist) said: "This is a terrible tragedy. We're all in total shock and deeply saddened".
Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends in the entertainment industry, and the thousands of fans he leaves behind.
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