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Seymour Solomon, founder of Vanguard RecordsCopyright © 2002
Seymour Solomon founded Vanguard Records in 1950 with his brother, Maynard, and turned it into a major label for American folk, blues and jazz music. His original interest was classical music, and he studied violin at Julliard, but his label's reputation rested on the breadth of its folk and blues catalogue.
The latter included artists like Mississippi John Hurt, Big Mama Thornton, Buddy Guy and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as more experimental jazz by artists like Oregon and Larry Coryell, and recordings from the Newport Jazz Festival. He sold the company in 1985.
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