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Oak Ridge Boys Member Joe Bonsall Dies at 76

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

“Bonsall, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, passed away at Glory on July 9, 2024, from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann, daughters Jennifer and Sabrina, granddaughter Breanne, grandson Luke, two great-grandsons, Chance and Grey, and one sister, Nancy. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph S. Bonsall Sr. and Lillie Bonsall,” a statement read.


Bonsall announced his retirement from touring in January 2024. The tenor released a statement to fans and acknowledged his neuromuscular disorder.

Joe Bonsall in 2024 (Courtesy of Jon Mir)

Bonsall was originally from Philadelphia and lived in Nashville for nearly 40 years. He joined The Oak Ridge Boys in 1973.

According to a statement, Bonsall was a 50-year member of the Oak Ridge Boys and a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He has been 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 called I See Myself, which will be released 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 statement, Bonsall did not request a funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Association or the Vanderbilt Medical Center ALS and Neuroscience Research Center.