VESS OSSMAN

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Vess Ossman (August 21, 1868 – December 7, 1923) was a leading 5-string banjoist and popular recording artist of the early 20th century.

Sylvester Louis Ossman was born in Hudson, New York, and made his first recordings in 1893. He became one of the most recorded musicians of his day, recording marches, cakewalks, rags, and other instrumentals. He also accompanied popular singers including Arthur Collins and Len Spencer.

Ossman married Eunice Smith and they had three children, Vess Jr., Raymond, and Annadele.

In 1900 and 1903, when Ossman's reputation and fame had spread internationally, he went on tour, as well as recorded, in England. Together with Audley Dudley and Roy Butin, he performed in the Ossman-Dudley Trio. He also led his own dance band, the Ossman's Singing and Playing Orchestra, in Dayton, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The increasing popularity of his rival Fred Van Eps, after 1910, made Ossman's name appear less
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Ragtime 1899
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Yankee Land
Ragtime 1905
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Keep Off the Grass
Ragtime 1916

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