RIP: Jonathan “Papa Joe” DuBose, Sr. (Sensational Starlights)

By Robert M. Marovich

Anne’ DuBose informed JGM of the passing of her father, Jonathan “Papa Joe” DuBose Sr. He transitioned today at age 82.

Papa Joe DuBose was a member of the Sensational Starlights gospel quartet of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and a leader in the local gospel music community.

Anne’ and her family developed a book on the life of Papa Joe after she and her brothers Kenneth and Jonathan Jr. compiled a historical program for their father’s 70th birthday celebration. Many know Jonathan DuBose Jr. for his years of guitar work for many gospel artists.

Homegoing details:
Thursday, December 23, 2021
5:00PM – 7:00PM – Visitation
7:00 PM – Service

East End Baptist Tabernacle Church
548 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607

70 and Beyond: The Evolution of Quartet Music in the Life of Papa Joe is available for review and purchase at

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.