Bobby Osborne was an important person in bluegrass music, and we are very sad to say that he has d!ed. Bobby’s hypnotic voice and amazing mandolin playing drew people in and left an indelible mark on the genre. His contributions to bluegrass music will always be loved and remembered.
In this tribute, we celebrate Bobby Osborne’s amazing life and musical legacy. We think about how he broke new ground, made recordings that will last forever and had a huge effect on the bluegrass community. Join us as we honor a true great whose music will continue to inspire and move people for years to come.
Bobby Osborne Obituary
Bobby Osborne, a renowned mandolinist and inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, has passed away. He had reached age 91. Osborne’s family members reportedly announced his departure on Tuesday (June 27), according to WYMT. The Kentucky native and his brother Sonny debuted as the Osborne Brothers in the 1950s.
Thanks to their tenacious percussion and faultless voice blending, the duo quickly rose to fame in the contemporary bluegrass scene. The successful songwriting duo Felice and Boudleaux Bryant’s “Rocky Top,” which was recorded by the brothers in 1967, has been the unofficial sports anthem for the University of Tennessee for more than 50 years.
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The Osborne Brothers have collaborated to create over 20 albums, chart 18 singles on country radio, and win numerous awards, including being the first bluegrass group to be invited to play at the White House. The two kept performing till Sonny passed away in October 2021 at the age of 83. The Oak Ridge Boys are among the country and bluegrass musicians who have posted condolences to Osborne on their social media profiles.
“Bobby was loved by us all. He is once more with Sonny, the band said.
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) June 27, 2023
Just a few days have passed since the demise of Jesse McReynolds, another well-known bluegrass artist, and fellow Opry member, before Bobby Osborne.