Joe Bonsall, Longtime Member of The Oak Ridge Boys, Passes Away at 76


Joseph S. Bonsall Jr.

Joseph S.Bonsall Jr

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Joe Bonsall, the tone in The Oak Ridge Boys, passed away on Tuesday (July 9) from issues of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the team introduced on its web site andsocial media accounts He was 76, and passed away in Hendersonville,Tenn Bonsall had actually introduced his retired life from visiting at the start of the year.

In 1973, Bonsall left his placement with scripture team The Keystones to sign up withThe Oak Ridge Boys The Oaks, in which Bonsall teamed with Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban, initial discovered success as a scripture team. They segued right into c and w in 1977 with “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” their initial of 34 leading 10 appeal Billboard‘s Top Country Songs graph.

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The Oaks landed 17No 1 appeals that graph, the third-highest overall amongst duos and teams after Alabama (33) and Brooks & & Dunn (20).Two of theOaks’ nation chart-toppers came to be leading 20 appeal the Billboard Hot 100– “Elvira” (No 5 in 1981) and “Bobbie Sue” (No 12 in 1982).

The team landed 3No 1 cds on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums graph, 2 of which came to be leading 20 cds on the all-genre Billboard 200– Fancy Free (No 14 in 1981) and Bobbie Sue (No 20 in 1982).

The Oaks won 5Grammys The initially 4 remained in scripture classifications; the 5th in nation, for “Elvira.” That platinum-selling hit won finest nation efficiency by a duo or team with vocal.

The Oaks won 2 CMA honors– singing team of the year in 1978 and solitary of the year in 1981 for “Elvira.”

They won 4 ACM Awards– leading singing team in 1978, cd of the year that very same year for Ya’ll Come Back Saloon, solitary document of the year in 1981 for “Elvira” and the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in 2007.

As a 50-year participant of the The Oak Ridge Boys, Bonsall belonged to the Grand Ole Opry and was sworn in right into the Philadelphia Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and the Country Music Hall of Fame, the last in 2015.

“For 50 years, Joe Bonsall was the Oak Ridge Boys’ sparkplug,” Kyle Young, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, stated in a declaration. “He was as exciting a performer as any who ever hit a gospel or country stage. His tenor voice was high and clear, and his jovial spirit always provided a jolt of energy, immediately rousing audiences to come on in and take a load off. He certainly lightened our cares every time he sang.”

“When I think of the Oak Ridge Boys and their place in country music history, the image of Joe with his huge smile and boundless energy comes to mind so clearly,” Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, stated in a declaration. “His commitment to serving others while developing country music into a worldwide sensation will never be forgotten and our industry has been made better because of him. Today, we lost an incomparable energy and voice in music. He will be missed greatly by all who were fortunate to know him.”

Bonsall was likewise the writer of 11 publications including his most current, a narrative qualified I See Myself, which is established for launch in November.

Bonsall’s last program with the Oaks got onDec 17, 2023. In January, he disclosed that he had actually fought the sluggish beginning of a neuromuscular condition for greater than 4 years. “I am now at a point where walking is impossible, so I have basically retired from the road. It has just gotten too difficult,” he stated in a declaration. “It has been a great 50 years, and I am thankful to all the Oak Ridge Boys band crew and staff for the constant love and support shown to me through it all. I will never forget, and for those of you who have been constantly holding me up in prayer, I thank you and ask for you to keep on praying.”

At Bonsall’s demand, there will certainly be no funeral service. In lieu of blossoms, contributions might be made to The ALS Association or to the Vanderbilt Medical Center ALS and Neuroscience Research Center.

Survivors include his spouse, Mary Ann; children Jennifer and Sabrina; granddaughter Breanne; grand son Luke; 2 excellent grand sons, Chance and Grey; and a sibling,Nancy He is come before in fatality by his moms and dads, Joseph S.Bonsall Sr andLillie Bonsall

Bonsall’s fatality comes simply 8 days after the fatality of William “Rusty” Golden, an artist, songwriter and child of The Oak Ridge Boys participantWilliam Lee Golden The more youthful Golden passed away on July 1 at his home in Hendersonville,Tenn He was 65. William Lee Golden stated in a declaration during that time, “This is the hardest thing ever for a father to have to face. I love family more than anything. Rusty was a great musician, a talented songwriter and a wonderful son. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers for the days ahead. I love you, son.”

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