Mix – Joe Bussard – King of 78s

Few people have devoted as much of their life to records as Joe Bussard has. 
Born in 1936 in Frederick, Maryland, he started playing records on his parents’ phonograph and by the end of World War II, he had the collecting bug. During the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, he led thousands of record expeditions through the mid-Atlantic region and the South, looking for 78s of jazz, blues, ethnic and down-home/bluegrass music. For Joe, record collecting has always meant driving into the backwoods, parking your car, and walking door-to-door asking the locals if they had any records in the house and, if so, would they be willing to sell them. It is not an exaggeration to say that over 50,000 records have passed through Joe’s hands or circulated through his collection. 
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The Missourians – “Market Street Stomp”
The Missourians – “Ozark Mountain Blues”
Duke Ellington – “Beggars Blues”
Due Ellington – “Hot Feet”
Clifford Gibson – “Blues Without a Dime”
Roberta Wilkins – “That’s No Way to Get Along”
Barbecue Bob – “Bad Time Blues”
Memphis Jug Band – “K.C. Moan”
Cannon’s Jug Stompers – “Walk Right In”
Charlie Patton – “When the Way Gets Dark”
Blind Blake – “Police Dog Blues”
Ashley’s Melody Men – “Searcy Country Blues”
Lewis Brothers – “Bull at the Wagon”
Lewis Brothers – “Sally Johnson”
Jimmie Rodgers – “Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues”
Rev DC Rise – “On the Battlefield”
Blind Willie Johnson – “God Don’t Never Change”
Gitfiddle Jim – “Paddlin’ Blues”

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