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Wedding bells were ringing over the weekend for this longtime member of the Oak Ridge Boys AP

In this vintage Oak Ridge Boys performance, a fresh-faced William Lee Golden took the lead on the classic song “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow” alongside group members Herman Harper, Smitty Gatlin, Willie Wynn & Tommy Fairchild.

Little did he know then that at the age of 76 years old, he would finally marry the woman of his dreams.

Indeed, the baritone married Simone Staley in a private ceremony among a small group of close family and friends in Nashville, Saturday, Aug. 29, including of course his current Oaks band mates Duane Allen, Richard Sterban and Joe Bonsall.

This love story between Golden and Staley dates back quite some time, when Staley, who had been a long time fan of Golden’s, actually met him during a show at Knott’s Berry Farm in October of 1980. Through the years, they would see each other occasionally, but by 1982, the two completely lost touch.

However, in 2009, the two found each other again, bonding over the loss of each of their mothers.

And the sparks of love reignited yet again.

In 2013, the couple cemented their relationship, finding a home that they will now reside in Middle Tennessee.

“It’s been the most beautiful experience, together,” Golden said in a recent press release.

Rare Country sends our best wishes to the happy couple!

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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