According to the Internet source given below, Vess Ossman was an American 5-string banjo player and recording artist born in Hudson, New York. He started recording in 1893 becoming one of the most recorded musicians of his day. His repertoire included marches, cakewalks, rags, and other instrumentals. He also accompanied popular singers including Arthur Collins and Len Spencer. He died in Fairmont, Minnesota.
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