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American Music Records
The label was founded by William Russell in 1944, who ran the label almost entirely by himself for most of his life (sometimes with the help of others on individual recording sessions). Russell started the label to issue the recordings of early jazz musicians like Bunk Johnson and George Lewis that he had made in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Around 1990, Russell sold the label to George H. Buck , who added it to his GHB/Jazzology Records group and began issuing the recordings on compact disc. Russell was surprised when the first CD issue of his Bunk Johnson recordings quickly sold more copies than had all of the American Music gramophone records in the preceding decades.
In addition to Russell's recordings, Buck also reissues historic recordings of New Orleans jazz originally on other labels, including Icon Records , on the American Music label.
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