Dick Buckley's Record Collection

Posted by: admin on February 15, 2011 @ 8:19 am
Filed under: Chicago News, Culture, Events, Listening

For those who don’t know Mr. Buckley, he was a Chicago radio DJ for the better part of last century up until July 2008. His 3-hr show would accompany the weekend afternoon for me and my old roommate. We’d sip our coffee, and he would spin some of the best jazz we’d ever heard—rarely anything we knew. We always joked that there was no one in the world who knew more about early jazz than he did—“That was from 1943 with Jimmy Bognerfeld on trombone… Hmmm… I didn’t know Jimmy played trombone. He’s a drummer!”

There is still a pretty big void on the weekend since his final show. Still hoping that someone will start releasing them as podcasts—if they got recorded at all.

Dick Buckley's Record Collection

But now, via Chicago Sun Times, I find out that…

His collection of more than 8,000 jazz LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, EPs and homemade mix tapes will be auctioned off Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake. A party with background music is open to the public at 5 tonight. (RSVP by calling 312-280-1212.) Beer and cognac, Buckley’s favorite drinks, will be served.

The collection will be offered in 92 box lots of approximately 100 items each, grouped by style (Dixieland, Kansas City, etc.), artist (“Women of Jazz,” lots of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald), instrument (trombones, trumpet, guitar heavy on Wes Montgomery) and format.

Reading that made my 7AM-eyes open up right quick.

Along with the record collection, there is also, “reel-to-reels of Buckley interviews and bootleg Duke Ellington recordings that are hand-scrawled; “Jan. 20, 1946 — Civic Opera House, Program No. 33; ‘Caravan’, etc.” —thought DD might dig on that.

For those in Chicago that are interested, the auction is at 5PM on Thursday at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, 1338 W. Lake.

Thanks to Matt Priest for hipping me to this story.


  1. awesome. i love dick buckley.

    Comment by libby — February 15, 2011 @ 9:03 am

  2. That’s got to be a serious collection. Buckley started his career in the “industry” as Chicago radio promotion man for Norman Granz’ label in the 1940s I believe. I think it was Norgran or Clef, which of course morphed into Verve. I’m guessing there are some cool first edition 78s from that period in there. But then why would they be selling them by Box Lot? A little weird.

    Comment by Mike Grimaldi — February 15, 2011 @ 11:01 am

  3. Probably don’t want to have 8000 auctions. 100 counts would still make 80 separate auctions. I hope there will be some economical packages.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — February 15, 2011 @ 11:14 am

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    Comment by Mike Grimaldi — February 17, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

  6. Hey Jim,

    Philly had it’s own version of Buckley – Harrison Ridley Jr. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison_Ridley_Jr.). He unfortunately passed about two years ago. His Sunday night show on WRTI (90.1FM) was called “The Historical Approach to the Positive Music.” I learned so much from listening to that show. Ridley could do a three hour show just on Benny Carter small group trumpet recordings from the late 30’s. His knowledge, and music collection, were truly staggering. I think Ridley bequethed his collection to some institution but I cannot remember which one. Anyway, hope you made it to the Buckley auction and had a chance to make a bid or two. I bet there were many, many gems hidden in those boxes!

    Comment by Bart — February 17, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

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