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Joe Bussard

Born: Jul 11, 1936

Birthplace: Frederick

Nationality: United States

Joe Bussard

Date of Birth : Jul 11, 1936
Birth Place : Frederick

Joe Bussard is an American collector of 78-rpm records. Bussard maintains a collection of more than 15,000 records, primarily of American folk, gospel, and blues from the 1920s and 1930s, believed to be one of the largest in the world. He was the subject of a documentary film, Desperate Man Blues, and his collection was mined for a compilation CD, Down in the Basement. He has gleefully shared his collection, which includes many only-known-copies of records with numerous reissue labels as well as with individuals for whom he has taped recordings from his collection for a nominal sum for decades. From 1956 until 1970, he ran the last 78 rpm record label, Fonotone, which was dedicated to the release of new recordings of old-time music. Among these were the first-ever recordings by guitarist John Fahey, as well as hundreds of other performers. A five-CD anthology of Fonotone releases was issued in 2005 by Dust-to-Digital. Bussard currently produces a weekly music program titled Country Classics for Georgia Tech's radio station, WREK Atlanta.

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