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Post  The Long Shot on Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:54 am



Voice Type: Bass
Vocal Range: E♭1-C4

Significant High Notes

C4: "Boom Boom Boom"
B♭3: "Love Song"
G3: "I'm Gonna Serve the Lord"
F♯3: "Come, Now is the Time to Worship", "Life's Railway to Heaven (Live 1977)"
F3: "Just a Little Talk With Jesus"
E3: "Come, Now is the Time to Worship", "I'm Gonna Serve the Lord"
E♭3: "I'm Working on a Building", "Just a Little Talk With Jesus"
D3: "Why Me, Lord"
C♯3: "I Know What Lies Ahead", "Tell Me the Story of Jesus"
C3: "Elvira", "I Know What Lies Ahead", "O Holy Night"

Significant Low Notes

D2: "Bobbie Sue", "The Christmas Song", "I'm Gonna Serve the Lord", "No Matter How High"
C♯2: "Angels Watching Me", "Elvira", "Jesus is Coming Soon", "Life's Railway to Heaven (Live 1977)", "Streets of Laredo"
C2: "American Made", "Break My Mind", "Come, Now is the Time to Worship", "Dream On", "Elvira", "Jesus Was Born Today", "Just a Little Talk With Jesus", "Love Song", "O Holy Night", "Tell Me the Story of Jesus"
B1: "The First Step to Heaven", "Seven Nation Army"
B♭1: "The Boys Are Back", "Come, Now is the Time to Worship", "I'm Working on a Building", "Jesus Is Coming Soon", "Pie in the Sky", "Where the Soul Never Dies", "You're the One"
A1: "The Christmas Song", "Elvira (2013 CMA Fest Interview)", "I Ain't Never", "I Know What Lies Ahead"
G♯1: "The First Step to Heaven", "Streets of Laredo"
G1: "Big Bad John", "Boom Boom Boom", "Dig A Little Deeper in the Well". "Gonna Take a Lot of River"
F♯1: "The First Step to Heaven"
E1: "The First Step to Heaven"
E♭1: "I'm Working on a Building"

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*Italics mark non-sung notes.


Long-time bass singer for the legendary country/gospel group The Oak Ridge Boys. Incredible resonance and clarity on his low notes, with a respectable (if rarely utilized) higher register. The band has released over thirty studio albums, so any help note-watching their stuff would be much appreciated!


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Post  Toast on Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:13 am

What about his E1s from "First Step to Heaven"?
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Re: Richard Sterban

Post  Fetty Mercury on Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:14 am

I never thought i'd see the day where someone has C3 as a significant high note, and i really never thought i'd see someone with nothing above C4, especially since he has 30 albums.
I wish the C4 was like a B3 or something, because then he could go down in history as possibly the only singer who never hit C4 or higher.
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Post  The Long Shot on Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:07 am

queenfan11 wrote:I never thought i'd see the day where someone has C3 as a significant high note, and i really never thought i'd see someone with nothing above C4, especially since he has 30 albums.
I wish the C4 was like a B3 or something, because then he could go down in history as possibly the only singer who never hit C4 or higher.

The significant high notes will likely be raised as more of his discography is note-watched.
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Post  Fetty Mercury on Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:22 am

Yeah. I think they should be raised. Even for a bass, C3 is way too low for a high note.
How much of his discography has been notewatched?
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Post  IKnowNothing on Tue May 17, 2016 9:01 am

Richard went pretty high in a version of "Life's Railway to Heaven" here: watch?v=SDBn7NrORtk. You will have to use the YouTube link at the beginning, the forum blocked me from posting URLs for now.

The video is long because it's apparently a whole album so go to around 26:56 and listen from there -> "Into which your soul will glide".
I have no idea about notes, but I thought I'd drop that here anyway.

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Post  CoolBeans on Tue May 17, 2016 9:48 am

F♯3 and a few D2s as well.
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Post  IKnowNothing on Tue May 24, 2016 4:32 am

What note does he hit when he says 'to get my heart back on its feet'? It seems lower than what he usually goes down to.
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Post  Celice on Tue May 24, 2016 5:03 am

IKnowNothing wrote:What note does he hit when he says 'to get my heart back on its feet'? It seems lower than what he usually goes down to.
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A1, I believe.
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Post  Alex on Tue May 24, 2016 6:50 am

I say keep the high notes for him. I've listened to a lot of Oak Ridge Boys, and lately got into the Stamps but I don't remember him ever singing high.

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Post  IKnowNothing on Tue May 24, 2016 8:46 am

I think his higher notes are more likely to be seen in his early/earlier career.
"Dream On" isn't mentioned in the significant high notes section but he sings a lot of that song in his upper register so you may be able to get something from that.

EDIT: Some high-ish notes here too: watch?v=3KgsPbAV4EQ (Live version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas")
EDIT again: Some low notes there as well!


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Post  Celice on Tue May 24, 2016 8:53 am

He's not the only bass with C3 listed as a "high note": J.D. Sumner's thread also has "significant highs" starting at C3.
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Re: Richard Sterban

Post  IKnowNothing on Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:34 pm

Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask but what note did Richard hit here:


Around 3 minutes 50 seconds. The last 'mow mow'.

That's lower than the original isn't it?

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Post  The Long Shot on Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:37 am

IKnowNothing wrote:Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask but what note did Richard hit here:
Spoiler:

Around 3 minutes 50 seconds. The last 'mow mow'.

That's lower than the original isn't it?

Yep, that's an A1.
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Post  IKnowNothing on Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:37 am

Cool, thanks for the quick reply and for adding it.

Also one thing I noticed is that the thread doesn't have the lowest note Richard hit in Bobbie Sue.



Literally right at the end, as the music fades out (unfortunately this will probably make it more difficult to get the note) he does a bass slide.

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Post  IKnowNothing on Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:31 am

He hits some impressive lows in "Whatcha Gonna Do". I believe the very beginning of the following video is from the album version:


Just as an uneducated guess, I'd say G1 or A1?

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Post  IKnowNothing on Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:34 am

Some people may find this interesting: https://youtu.be/8AbiKu7DNHQ?t=23m10s

Richard was asked about his lowest note in a 2014 interview (I assume it's 2014)

Quick transcript in case it gets lost one day/someone can't watch the video:


Richard: I think the lowest note I've ever recorded was an F♯ maybe.
Joe: I think it was an F.
Duane: E♭.
Richard: E♭. OK.
Duane: Below low C.
Richard: On First Step to Heaven. But then normally at night, my bread and butter on stage is usually right around a B♭. I live there most of the night. Sometimes an A♭. On a good night I can do a G okay. Low C to B♭, that's where I live most of the night. That's my bread and butter.

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Post  Misukiy Lambertson on Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:29 am

I didn't know Howard Stern sung bass!
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Post  IKnowNothing on Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:33 am

Howard Sterban! Lol

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