American Record Collector, Joe Bussard, dies at 86 from cancer

Joe Bussard, who has begun acquiring the rare recordings of early American jazz, blues, country, and gospel music as a teenager and built one of the world’s great private collections of 78 rpm records, died Sept. 26 in his home in Frederick, Md. He was age 86.

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How Did Joe Bussard Die?

Joe Bussard died at his home in Frederick, Maryland, on September 26, 2022, at the age of 86, from pancreatic cancer.

Joe Bussard Age, Date of Birth, Birthday, Family, What about his father, mother, where is he from? Early Life Details

Joe Bussard was born on July 11, 1936, in Frederick, Maryland. His family and early life details could not be found as of now.

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Joe Bussard Net Worth

As of now; Joe Bussard’s net worth figure is under the radar.

Joe Bussard Partner, What about his relationship?

Joe Bussard wife of 34 years, the former Esther Keith, passed away in 1999. Their marriage grew strained at some times by Mr. Buzzard’s music undying passion.

His single-minded focus, she said, made him “very, very difficult to live with.” She has also worked as a cosmetologist to support the family and her husband’s music collecting. Bussard’s daughter is Frederick and has three granddaughters.

Joe Bussard Career

Joe Bussard has made a collection of between 15,000 and 25,000 records of American folk, gospel, jazz, and blues from in 1920 and 30s era. He was also the main part of a documentary film, Desperate Man Blues, and his collection was mined for a compilation CD, Down in the Basement.

He has gladly shared his collection, which has also included many only-known copies of records, best-known copies, and numerous reissue labels, and works with individuals for whom he taped recordings from his collection for a nominal sum for decades.

Joe ran the last 78 rpm record label, Fonotone, which was dedicated to the release of new recordings of old-time music. Among these were recordings by several hundreds of performers that also includes the first recordings by the guitarist John Fahey.

 He had also radio programs on other stations that also includes WPAQ-AM 740 in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and WDVX which is situated in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Where he attended his High school and University? What is his major?

His academic degree and educational details could not be found as of now.

His Social Media Reach

Joe seems to be inactive on the social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page.

Physical Appearance of Joe Bussard’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorNot Available
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WeightNot Available
Body typeAverage
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Joe Bussard’s should be knows

Zodiac signCancer
Relationship StatusMarried