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

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Written by : 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.