Fred Van Eps

FRED VAN EPS (born December 30, 1878; died November 22, 1960) said that he learned to play the banjo by buying and studying Vess L. Ossman's cylinder records. Van Eps was a remarkable banjoist who followed in Ossman's footsteps as "King of the Banjo."

Biographical sources: "Billy Murray, The Phonograph Industry's First Great Recording Artist" by Hoffmann, Carty, & Riggs; "The Encyclopedia of Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895-1925" by Tim Gracyk


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