Vess L. Ossman's Banjo Orchestra

Vess Ossman was born in 1868, made his first recordings in 1893, and died in 1923 at the age of 55. His given name was Sylvester Louis Ossman. He was American.

He played 5-string banjo in what is now known as the classical banjo style, fingerpicking gut strings using a technique similar to classical guitar. He was a prolific recording artist, recording instrumentals in popular forms like marches, cakewalks, and rags, as well as accompanying popular singers like Arthur Collins and Len Spencer.

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mp3 A gay gossoon (1906)

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mp3 Hoop-e-kack (1909)

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mp3 Fun in a barber shop (1908)

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mp3 Eli Green's cake walk (1904 - 1909 (between))

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mp3 Down South (1911)

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mp3 Keep off the grass (1916)

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mp3 The darkey's dream (1890 - 1902 (between))

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mp3 Hot stuff patrol (1902?)

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mp3 A Bunch of rags (1904 - 1909 (between))

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mp3 Hilda (1917)

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mp3 Bay State quickstep (1902?)

This playlist was created by Lucas Gonze as part of Soup Greens. The biography is based on information from Wikipedia. The recordings are at the Cylinder Preservation Project.

I though a lot about whether to keep "The Darkey's Dream." In the end I kept it for the sake of representing Vess Ossman and his times accurately.

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