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Industrial Strength BluegrassSouthwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy$
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Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043642

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043642.001.0001

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Bobby Osborne Remembers How It Was

Bobby Osborne Remembers How It Was

(p.13) 2. Bobby Osborne Remembers How It Was
Industrial Strength Bluegrass

Bobby Osborne

Joe Mullins

University of Illinois Press

In an interview conducted by the chairman of the International Bluegrass Music Association, Bobby Osborne tells how he grew up in Thousandsticks, Kentucky in the 1930s. In 1942 his family moved to Dayton, Ohio. Bobby and his brother Sonny played music, and while teenagers appeared on Middletown’s WPFB Jamboree. Bobby earned a Purple Heart as a Marine in Korea. In the early and mid-1950s the Osborne Brothers played with Red Allen at bars in Dayton and at the Wheeling Jamboree, and recorded such bluegrass hits as “Once More” and “Ruby, Are You Mad.” At Antioch College in 1960 they played the first campus bluegrass concert in history. Doyle Wilburn arranged their Grand Ole Opry audition and a Decca contract with producer Owen Bradley.

Keywords:   Bobby Osborne, Thousandsticks, Kentucky, Cousin Emmy, WPFB Jamboree, Sonny Osborne, Bars, Wheeling Jamboree, Antioch College, Grand Ole Opry

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