Country Music Legend William Lee Golden Grieves Son Rusty Golden’s Passing (65)

Country Music Legend William Lee Golden Grieves Son Rusty Golden's Passing (65)
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Gram­my-win­ning coun­try singer William Lee Gold­en of the icon­ic Oak Ridge Boys is mourn­ing the trag­ic loss of his son, Rusty Gold­en, at 65. “This is the hard­est thing ever for a father to have to face,” expressed a grief-strick­en William Lee.

A gift­ed musi­cian him­self, Rusty’s career flour­ished from a young age. At just 13, he played drums for The Ram­bos. He lat­er carved his path as a song­writer, key­boardist for renowned artists, and a found­ing mem­ber of The Boys Band. In a heart­warm­ing fam­i­ly reunion, Rusty joined forces with his father and broth­ers in 2020 to form “William Lee Gold­en and the Goldens.”

Rusty’s song­writ­ing tal­ents even earned him an RIAA Gold Record for his con­tri­bu­tions to The Oak Ridge Boys’ hit, “Bob­bie Sue.” Remem­bered as a cap­ti­vat­ing per­former, Rusty’s pass­ing leaves a void in the coun­try music community.

This news fol­lows a series of chal­leng­ing times for The Oak Ridge Boys. Front­man Duane Allen’s wife recent­ly passed, as did singer Richard Ster­ban’s father-in-law and long­time gui­tarist Don­nie Car­r’s wife. Addi­tion­al­ly, tenor Joe Bon­sall retired from tour­ing due to health reasons.

Rusty Gold­en is sur­vived by his father William Lee, broth­ers Craig, Chris, and Solomon, and extend­ed fam­i­ly. This heart­break­ing loss is deeply felt by the Gold­en fam­i­ly and the entire coun­try music world.

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