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By Craig Havighurst
Staff Writer - The Tennesseean
Bob Pinson, a pioneering country music scholar and a seminal figure in the development of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, died yesterday morning in St. Thomas Hospital from complications stemming from leukemia. He was 69.
After years as a private collector working in his spare time, Mr. Pinson sold 15,000 early country records to the Hall of Fame. That 1971 contribution became the core of the Hall's collection, and he was hired as director of record acquisitions, helping to build the collection to today's 200,000 records and compact discs. His title when he retired in 1999 was principal researcher.
"He knew something about everything," said longtime Grand Ole
Opry photographer Les Leverett, who recalled Mr. Pinson's identifying antique
recordings over the telephone that had stumped other historians. "I
don't know how he did it."
Mr. Pinson was, said friend and longtime colleague Ronnie Pugh,
a "collector's collector," who parlayed a modest acquisition
budget into large stashes of important records by cagily trading and
selling antique discs. "He knew exactly what he was looking for."
Born in Texas and raised mostly in California, Mr. Pinson passionately pursued
records of and information on country music from boyhood, becoming part
of an early network of folklorists and scholars who traveled the South
in search of artists and recordings.
An only child who had no children, Mr. Pinson is survived by his wife, Gladys. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Tennessee Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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