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A fun banjo duet from 1901, The Mosquito Parade, played by Vess L. Ossman and Bill Farmer.

The Mosquito Parade

 
Company Columbia Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 31589 (5-inch "grand" cylinder)
Category Banjo duet
Title The Mosquito Parade
Performed by Vess L. Ossman & Bill Farmer
Circa September 1901
Announcement "Banjo duet, The Mosquito Parade, by Messrs. Ossman and Farmer for Columbia Phonograph Company."
 

The banjo was the most popular and common instrumental solo featured in early sound recordings.   Much less common were ensembles such as this banjo duet.   Heard here on this Columbia Phonograph Company 5-inch diameter "grand" cylinder are Vess Ossman ("the banjo king") and Bill Farmer.

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