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Osborne Brothers

The "Osborne Brothers" are a bluegrass band known for their musical innovation and close harmony singing. Robert "Bobby" Osborne was born December 7, 1931, followed by Roland "Sonny" Osborne on October 29, 1937


The Osborne Brothers were one of the most innovative and popular bluegrass groups of the post-war era, taking the music into new directions and gaining a large audience. Among their most notable achievements are their pioneering, inventive use of amplification, twin harmony banjos, double-tracked vocals, steel guitars, and drums. They were the first bluegrass group to expand the genre's sonic palette in such a fashion.

Bobby and Sonny Osborne were born in Hyden, Kentucky, but raised in Dayton, Ohio. As children, their father instilled a love for traditional music. Bobby picked up the electric guitar as a teenager, playing in various local bands. A few years after, younger brother Sonny taught himself the five string banjo. In 1949, Bobby formed a duo with banjoist Larry Richardson. The pair were hired by a West Virginian radio station and stayed in the state for a while, eventually hooking up with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. During their stay with the Fiddler...

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