THE OAK RIDGE BOYS' WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN WEDS SIMONE STALEY

The Oak Ridge Boys' William Lee Golden is no longer a single man. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and country music legend known for his deep baritone voice married Simone Staley in a private ceremony among a small group of close family and friends in Nashville, Saturday, August 29. Celebrities in attendance of course included Golden's confidantes, Duane Allen, Richard Sterban and Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys, among others.
 
The two long-time friends' love story, captured by journalist Matt Bjorke on WilliamLeeGolden.com, is straight out of a fairytale, having re-kindled their friendship after 27 years.
 
At the age of 18, Staley purchased the Oak Ridge Boys' Together album and was instantly drawn to the picture of Golden on the front of the album cover. She somehow felt as if she would meet him someday, and by the fall of that same year, she was sitting in the front row at her first Oak Ridge Boys concert. Golden threw a scarf her way, and she happened to catch it, as if the two were destined from day one.
 
In October of 1980, the two finally met at a show at Knott's Berry Farm, and the attraction was instant. They would spend time together over the next couple of years, however, their lives went in two different directions after a show in 1982, and they lost touch.
 
Fast forward to May of 2009, when they both had recently lost their mothers, they reignited their friendship and bonded over their mutual love of art and painting. Simone painted a portrait of Golden, which she gave to him back in the 80s, that he held on to for all of those years — and even pulled from the destruction after his home was destroyed by a tornado. It was the memory of her that he saw when he looked at it.
 
"Although it was a portrait of me, I could see her face every time I saw that painting," said Golden.
 
"I had always wondered if he held onto that painting," said Staley. "It was probably silly to do so, but I just felt very strongly about it after pouring my heart and soul into it."
 
By summer of 2013, Golden invited Simone to come to Tennessee and go to Alabama and Florida with him to visit family and friends. The time spent traveling together allowed them to get to know one another even better, and it was that trip that solidified what they already knew – that they couldn't be without each other."
 
The two plan to reside in their home they found together in 2013 in Middle Tennessee with their loving pets — happily ever after.
 
"It's been the most beautiful experience, together," Golden said.
 
For more information on The Oak Ridge Boys and to view their upcoming tour dates, please visit www.oakridgeboys.com.

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