Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall Dies at 76

Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall Dies at 76

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Joe Bonsall, member of the iconic country music group The Oak Ridge Boys, has died at the age of 76.

“Bonsall, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, passed away on July 9, 2024 from complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at Glory. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary Ann, daughters Jennifer and Sabrina, granddaughter Breanne, grandson Luke, two great-grandsons Chance and Grey, and a sister Nancy. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph S. Bonsall Sr. and Lillie Bonsall.”


Bonsall announced in January 2024 that he would retire from touring. The tenor admitted in a statement to his fans that he has a neuromuscular disorder.

Joe Bonsall in 2024 (courtesy: Jon Mir)
Joe Bonsall in 2024 (courtesy: Jon Mir)

Bonsall was a Philadelphia native who lived in Nashville for nearly 40 years. He joined The Oak Ridge Boys in 1973.

According to a press release, Bonsall was a member of The Oak Ridge Boys for 50 years and a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He was inducted 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.

“Joseph is also the author of 11 books, including his latest, a memoir titled I See Myself, due out in November. Joe loved to sing. He loved to read. He loved to write. He loved to play the banjo. He loved to work on the farm. And he loved the Philadelphia Phillies. But Jesus and his family always came first—and we will see him again on the Promised Day.”

According to a press release, Bonsall has not requested a funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The ALS Association or the Vanderbilt Medical Center ALS and Neuroscience Research Center.

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