Joe Osborn isn't just your typical musician, Joe Osborn is a legend among us! Osborn was 20 when he decided to make the move to Las Vegas so he could play back up guitar for country artist Bob Luman. After a year on the road with Luman, Joe Osborn swapped out the guitar for an electric bass. In 1960, Osborn teamed up with fellow Louisianians like Allen "Puddler" Harris, and James Burton, and they joined Ricky Nelson's backup band for four years and the rest is musical history.

Joe Osborne DB MAG
Joe Osborne DB MAG

Joe Osborn became known as the first call bassist in Los Angeles. Everyone in the industry wanted Osborn to be on their record. Osborn was a member of the "Golden Trio" a nickname that he and Hal Blaine, and Larry Knechtel earned because of their collaborations on albums and being so sought after. Perhaps Joe Osborn's most underrated gift was finding amazing talent and being encouraging. If you're a fan of The Carpenters you can thank Joe Osborn for his unique discovery. Just in case you're wondering what other artists Joe Osborn has worked with, here's a small list of artists that are/were Joe Osborn fans.

  • Neil Young
  • Brenda Lee
  • The Mamas & Papas
  • The Monkees
  • Billy Joel
  • Paul Simon
  • Simon and Garfunkel
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Johnny Cash
  • Merle Haggard
  • Dean Martin
  • The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Olivia Newton John
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • Waylon Jennings
  • The 5th Dimension
  • Hank Williams
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Magnolia Home Entertainment

Joe Osborn has two sons who didn't fall far from the tree. Darren Osborn is the owner and managing partner of Sandbox Recording Studios that’s located in Highland and Dave Osborn is also a lifelong, seasoned musician. There is no doubt Joe Osborn will celebrate the big 81 with music surrounding him. Joe Osborn chose to retire in Keithville where he is battling a form of cancer that can only be cured by CAR-T-cell therapy. Now do you really think a legend like Joe Osborn will let that get him down? NOPE! He is eager and excited to celebrate his 81st birthday with birthday cards from you!

Joe Osborn LOVES birthday cards so much, his sons are collecting them for him. You can send a birthday card to:
1510 Dickinson St.
Shreveport, LA 71103

You can send an email to: and type out a letter to Joe Osborn. Happiest of birthdays to our very own Musical Legend Joe Osborn!

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