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Oct 25, 2021 - 9:11:13 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

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This is great - Sonny and his antics
youtu.be/6dVv_SfBrG0

Oct 25, 2021 - 9:40:17 AM
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6401 posts since 10/13/2007

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Originally posted by From Greylock to Bean Blossom

A recently posted track of a 2020 Sonny interview:

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

ken


You guys have to watch this. the last part  (last ;15-:30 minutes) shows Sonny's deep lifelong passion for the banjo.

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Oct 25, 2021 - 9:56:44 AM
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476 posts since 9/21/2018

An all time legend for sure. Best wishes for his family and loved ones. 84 years just wasn't enough.

Oct 25, 2021 - 10:29:11 AM
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WesB

USA

406 posts since 12/17/2014

Very sorry to hear this. Sonny was my hero and I'm sure that he was to many others as well. RIP Chief.

Oct 25, 2021 - 11:41:23 AM
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233 posts since 1/23/2003

Unfortunately, it has been confirmed that Sonny passed away yesterday. May he RIP and may God bless his family and close friends. I had the pleasure to meet Sonny at the 2001 NashCamp Banjo Retreat. He was a nice guy and encouraged me to email him if I ever had any questions on the banjo. And, he was gracious enough to sign my RB3 Gibson banjo head. He was the second signature that I got on the banjo at the time. The first was that of Earl Scruggs in 2000 at IBMA in Louisville. The head is still on my RB3 and has many other great signatures that I have received since then, including JD's signature, which was the third that I got in 2001.

Oct 25, 2021 - 12:54:43 PM
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75315 posts since 5/9/2007

I saw Sonny one time at Thomas Point Beach 2001.
After the show he changed his clothes to bib overalls and signed heads,instruments and records until a very long line of autograph seekers were all signed off.
He was happy to be there.
RIP Sonny Osborne.

Oct 25, 2021 - 1:18:16 PM
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74 posts since 5/10/2007

For me, he was not just an amazing, highly inventive player, but his sense of FUN always came through. Some of his backup work is delightfully playful. Listen to his backup here, on "Little Cabin Home on the Hill", from 1:22 to 1:37 You can hear him smiling !
youtube.com/watch?v=NWwwaWhxaYs

Oct 25, 2021 - 1:53:31 PM

245 posts since 12/27/2008

RIP Sonny! One of the VERY best ever!! He'll be sadly missed.

Oct 25, 2021 - 4:17:32 PM
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43 posts since 9/4/2012

First met the Osbornes in Richmond Va. area early 1970's. Sonny was playing the 6 string Vega

He will be missed

His commentary on Bluegrass was enlightening,  He wasn't afraid to tell it like it was from his viewpoint.


Oct 26, 2021 - 10:46:24 AM
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6401 posts since 10/13/2007

Sonny's birthday would have been this Friday,the 29th.
Can't believe more people aren't posting on this.
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Oct 26, 2021 - 11:58:40 AM
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banjoy

USA

9999 posts since 7/1/2006

This is a little upsetting, I never got to know him but he was a fixture banjothon gatherings and was always a hoot to talk with. RIP kind sir.

Oct 26, 2021 - 10:16:51 PM
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Paul R

Canada

15382 posts since 1/28/2010

J.P. Cormier paid tribute to Sonny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4CbaCtTzsE

Oct 26, 2021 - 10:57:55 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

61539 posts since 10/5/2013
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Rest In Peace, Sonny. I only saw the Osbornes once, in Vancouver in 1979. A small folk club with about 40 attendees. Sonny actually remembered it when I asked him about it in his Chief thread. Said they went out to eat a couple hours before the show , saying it was the first time he ever had Chinese food,, and he loved it. The show was great, Sonny wise cracking between songs, of course. I never went up to talk to him after,, seemed like a flock of people were demanding his attention.

Oct 27, 2021 - 7:22:02 AM
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12835 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by chuckv97

This is great - Sonny and his antics
youtu.be/6dVv_SfBrG0


That is funny Chuck!  It was always great to see Sonny at the Banjothon sitting in an easy chair being gracious to everyone who wanted to talk with him.  My favorite story is when some young boy around 10 or 11 wanted to hold his Granada.  Sonny told him "ok, son you are young enough so if you drop it you have the rest of your life to pay for it".  RIP Sonny!

Oct 27, 2021 - 7:28:58 AM

50 posts since 6/6/2015

Condolences to the Osborne family. I never had the privilege of meeting Sonny, but I know he was a great picker.

Oct 28, 2021 - 2:03:51 PM

139 posts since 5/21/2007

So sad to hear this. Besides Rocky Top, I recall when he was writing for BNL and hurt his finger. He reminded us all to be careful around machinery, etc. But best of all I cherish the night I saw him and the band in SLC Utah in a small dive where we sat about ten feet from them, on the same floor, and there were only about a dozen or so people in the room (not counting the band). Sonny had picked up a mug from a stop-N-rob somewhere in Nevada. The mug looked like it held about a gallon! Printed in big letters on the mug were the words, "BIG SUCKER." I have a couple dozen autographs on my old 1928 Granada head that I removed when I got the banjo in 1983. That night I got Sonny's. I'll never forget him - one of the very, very best! He takes my heart with him as he walks the Spirit Trail.

Oct 28, 2021 - 5:06:06 PM
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117 posts since 11/22/2005

I went to every Nashcamp Banjo camp from the beginning, except one, seems like my buddy Steve Martin made all of them. Sonny would tell stories of days gone by, and even repeats from one Nashcamp year to the next, they were always good to hear again and again. He would bring his Granada at least one of the days of camp and let you play it. Very humbling indeed.

Sonny started having banjos built by Frank Neat and after hearing and playing one, I decided I needed one. He had 3 to choose from at the time I was looking and after talking with him, he invited me to his home to try them out. In November of 2007, I traveled from east TN to his home in Hendersonville TN, and I think I stayed at least 3 hours. I realize he was selling, but he was a very gracious host and we talked about cars, how his area was growing, and just general chat. To shorten this story, I came away with #206MP10E and that engraved model is still with me today. It’s still my favorite banjo out of 5 that I have. Sonny pushed quality and I can attest to that.

He always lifted Earl up to the highest level when talking about him , and always with a high guard of respect. He certainly will leave a hole as an ambassador of bluegrass and just as a person of stardom that you could sit and talk with.
RIP Sonny

Oct 28, 2021 - 7:09:42 PM
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8 posts since 8/2/2014

Loss of a man who truly loved and respected his banjo. I would venture to say that he influenced every one of us in some way. Then even marketed his own banjo. I've never even seen a "Chief" but can't imagine it being anything but first class. My wife bought me a custom archtop for our wedding present and was told that it was shown to Sonny and that he played it for a couple of minutes. Hate to see the old masters slowly dying off. Our loss folks.

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:53:52 PM

_jth

USA

15 posts since 8/24/2021

He was my all time favorite banjo players ever. RIP and may his memory be eternal. There will never be one like him. His style is my favorite :,-(

Oct 29, 2021 - 1:45:15 AM

Jerry99

Netherlands

9 posts since 9/5/2011

I met him a few times, always fun!
He learned me a lot!!
Farewell!

Oct 29, 2021 - 4:41:05 AM
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34 posts since 10/21/2018

Oh my, what a loss to his family, friends, and bluegrass in general! RIP Chief.

Oct 30, 2021 - 6:35:11 AM

chuckv97

Canada

61539 posts since 10/5/2013
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A very good article and video from Bluegrass Today

bluegrasstoday.com/tell-sonny-...ou-chief/

Oct 30, 2021 - 7:29:58 AM
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railroader55

Canada

14 posts since 11/21/2007

I know this forum is primarily about all things banjo but we can't forget about Sonny's amazing harmony singing with brother Bobby.
I guess if you can play a banjo like that singing comes in second. RIP.

Oct 30, 2021 - 9:35:48 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

61539 posts since 10/5/2013
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Sonny’s playing on this one is super! He wrote in his column that this album was one of his all-time favorites that they did.
youtu.be/r88fLc3N65Y


 

Oct 31, 2021 - 3:36:50 AM

skiptomylou

Scotland

148 posts since 5/23/2006

How sad. Have one of his instructional DVDs which I love watching, not just for his inspiring playing, but his beautiful smile and amazingly uplifting 'spirit'. I especially loved his own self-penned tunes on this. Was near to tears first time i heard the likes of El Randa and Dandelion.
Thoughts with his family, friends and loved ones.

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