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Oct 24, 2021 - 2:46:15 PM
12 posts since 7/10/2021

Hello banjo friends,

I just saw that one of the greatest banjoists, and Bluegrass musicians to ever live, just passed away. I heard that he recently had another stroke, but thought that he would pull through.
This leaves a hole in my heart for a hero that won't be filled, as he was one of the most influential players I have ever had, and I never got to meet him. The closest I got was when a friend of his showed him a video of me and Kentucky Just Us on Facebook singing It's A Long Long Way To The Top Of the World. He told my dad that Sonny said that my fills were perfect. Thanks so much to Mr. Raymond Huffmaster for giving me this memory which I will always cherish.
My heart goes out to all that we're close to this legend. I will say once again... the Osborne Brothers will NEVER be beat.
Feel free to share your memories of him. He will long be remembered.

Oct 24, 2021 - 2:55:52 PM

Kero

Canada

231 posts since 11/25/2006

RIP :((

Oct 24, 2021 - 2:58:28 PM

Kero

Canada

231 posts since 11/25/2006

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:01:36 PM

G

Canada

860 posts since 7/8/2003

Still looking for some kind of official confirmation for this.

(I've seen two social media posts on it, but both have been retracted) 

Edited by - G on 10/24/2021 15:07:40

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:10:03 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26533 posts since 8/3/2003

I sincerely hope the information was false and that Sonny is at home recuperating.

Guess we'll find out for sure soon.

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:11:46 PM

G

Canada

860 posts since 7/8/2003

It's already on Wikipedia, but I am reluctant to post it on my local bluegrass FB group until I am certain

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:17:57 PM

54 posts since 2/25/2020

I hope it's not true, though I saw Lincoln Hensley posted it, and from what I understand, they were pretty close. RIP the chief - he'll be missed.

Edited by - geckoberry on 10/24/2021 15:18:33

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:32:43 PM

G

Canada

860 posts since 7/8/2003

Yeah, Ralph Stanley II just posted condolences, and somewhere I saw someone comment that they themselves had spoken with the family. It certainly appears to have substance, though I STILL haven't seen a media report confirming it.

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:36:06 PM

107 posts since 7/26/2020

Oct 24, 2021 - 3:52:29 PM

G

Canada

860 posts since 7/8/2003

Oct 24, 2021 - 4:29:07 PM

889 posts since 10/4/2018

RIP Sonny, you will always be one of the greatest.

Oct 24, 2021 - 4:54:47 PM

969 posts since 10/31/2007

We lost another Great!
Always enjoyed his writing.
He was an inspiration.

Oct 24, 2021 - 5:01:01 PM

2670 posts since 4/5/2006

Condolences to his family. R.I.P. Sonny. Thank you for all the great music.

Oct 24, 2021 - 8:42:18 PM
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Judith511

Canada

205 posts since 10/22/2017

Sad news. He was one of the greats. Condolences to his family and friends.

Oct 24, 2021 - 11:33:54 PM
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Paul R

Canada

15149 posts since 1/28/2010

R.I.P. to one of the best. Condolences to family and friends (musical and otherwise). Very, very few of the originals left.

Oct 25, 2021 - 12:21:13 AM
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89 posts since 3/31/2004

This is a heartbreaker. Thanks for the music Chief!  RIP

Edited by - Flatiron53 on 10/25/2021 00:21:54

Oct 25, 2021 - 12:58:35 AM
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phb

Germany

3047 posts since 11/8/2010

Oh dear, I'm very sad to hear this.

Oct 25, 2021 - 1:06:42 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

60459 posts since 10/5/2013
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Rest in Peace, Mr. Sonny

Oct 25, 2021 - 2:22:05 AM
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Emiel

Austria

9997 posts since 1/22/2003

Sorry to hear so, a big loss…

Oct 25, 2021 - 4:39:07 AM
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67 posts since 3/31/2016

RIP Chief......

Oct 25, 2021 - 4:48 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26533 posts since 8/3/2003

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Another legend is gone.

Oct 25, 2021 - 4:56:50 AM
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6297 posts since 10/13/2007

So tired of losing heroes! cryingSonny brought great music, humor and insight to us all. He will be missed daily. I always looked forward to what he had to say and to hearing his music. What talent with a strong and enjoyable personality. Rest In Peace Chief and Thank you for everything!

Ken

Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 10/25/2021 05:02:38

Oct 25, 2021 - 4:58:11 AM
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Eric A

USA

1339 posts since 10/15/2019

Putting on The Osborne Brothers Bluegrass Collection, track 12, I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky, and cranking the volume up to 11.

Edited by - Eric A on 10/25/2021 05:09:03

Oct 25, 2021 - 5:11:58 AM
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6297 posts since 10/13/2007

A recently posted track of a 2020 Sonny interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZL2lEhmQU8&t=3531s

ken

Oct 25, 2021 - 7:50:12 AM
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1854 posts since 4/10/2005

Mr. Osborne was class itself on this very forum with his gracious replies to the long-running (and long, lucky for BH) SO thread. That was a very special thing.

Oct 25, 2021 - 8:54:27 AM
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aletheia

South Korea

446 posts since 8/1/2007

Yeah, Sonny was so cool on the BHO. I liked how the Osbornes plugged in and bridged with country, but they still kept it bluegrass. I feel really bad now.. like when Earl, Merle, and George Jones died.

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