ABOUT JERRY OSBORNE


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An avid collector of recorded music since 1960, Jerry Osborne has also worked full-time as an author of record price guides and reference books since 1975.

From the first “Record Collector's Price Guide” (1976) to present, Jerry's published works now number nearly 200 books, and over 150 periodicals. As busy as ever, he still produces several new books per year.

Jerry has, since 1986, written the popular, weekly newspaper feature, “Mr. Music.” Distributed to papers nationally by World Features Syndicate, the column answers readers' questions about music and records. Besides our own site, Jerry's column is featured, mirrored, or linked by “Cash Box”; “Record World”; “Vinyl Village”; “Digital Dream Door”; plus many other sites and publications.

Osborne's past is saturated with music. After high school, he began a 14-year career in broadcasting (1962-'76), first as a dee jay then chief engineer, music director, and program director.

He founded and published three collectors news and marketplace magazines: “Record Digest,” “Music World” and “DISCoveries.” In the '80s, he published “The Osborne Report,” a monthly newsletter covering new releases.

His influence and involvement in record collecting has been chronicled in virtually every major magazine and newspaper in the country: “Reader's Digest”; “The Wall Street Journal”; “USA Today”; “People Magazine”; “Esquire”; “TV Guide”; “Oui”; “National Enquirer”; “Money”; “Changing Times”; “Photoplay”; “High Fidelity”; “Billboard”; “Cash Box”; “Music City News”; “Collectibles”; “Kiplinger's”; “Southwest Spirit”; “Woman's Day” and “Rolling Stone” — just to name a few.

Jerry is a frequent guest on numerous major radio and TV talk shows, discussing the record collecting hobby. Among these are: “Good Morning America”; “Today Show”; “The Nashville Network”; and “Backstage Live.”

He served as a technical advisor and music consultant for shows like ABC-TV's “The Century” and “Our World”; CBS-TV's “West 57th Street”; MSNBC's “Headliners & Legends with Matt Lauer”; CNN's Larry King Show; and HBO.

CNN (and reporter Michael Okwu) profiled Jerry on their prime-time “CNN NewsStand” in October 1999.

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It was Osborne they asked to write the Introduction for “The Archives of Graceland (The Official Auction Catalogue).” In it, he and Sun Records founder Sam Phillips are named as “Distinguished Contributors.” Considering they had their pick of top writers and chose Jerry reflects the respect he has earned.

Speaking of Sun Records, the last five vinyl albums ever made by this legendary label are the five volumes in Jerry's "Rockin' Records" series.

In January 1999, the hobby honored Osborne by naming him “Pop Collectibles Author of the Year 1998,” and in 2011, he received the U.S. Commerce Association's "Best Of Commercial & Literary Writings" award.

In 2007, The Hit Parade Hall of Fame invited Jerry to be one of the Charter Members of their Nominating Committee. Of course he accepted.

Osborne was also chosen to be a charter member of the Album Cover Hall of Fame, founded in 2010 to honor deserving album cover art and design.

Also an accomplished emcee, Jerry has managed shows with virtually all of the top stars of the '50s, '60s and '70s. He hosted Dick Clark's “Caravan of Stars” in the mid-'60s and has, since its inception in 1990, emceed many “Good Rockin' Tonight” all-star extravaganzas in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jerry has written the liner notes for countless releases, and has conceived and produced dozens of albums and CDs. He still works closely with Varèse Sarabande as well as Big Fish Records.

Clearly, no one person has been more responsible — directly or indirectly — for the amazing growth of the music collecting hobby.



PUBLICATION HISTORY

1. 1976: Record Collector's Price Guide

2. 1976: 55 Years of Recorded Country & Western Music

3. 1977: Record Album Price Guide

4. 1977: Record Collecting for All It's Worth

5. 1977: The Complete Elvis

6. 1978: Popular & Rock Records (Singles 2nd Edition)

7. 1978: Record Albums 2nd Edition

8. 1979: Our Best to You (From the Pages of Record Digest Magazine)

9. 1979: The Love of Elvis [Non-Recorded Memorabilia]

10. 1979: Blues/Rhythm & Blues/Soul

11. 1979: A Guide to Record Collecting

12. 1980: Record Albums Price Guide 3rd Edition

13. 1980: Presleyana (The Elvis Presley Price Guide) 1st Edition

14. 1980: The Elvis Cover-Up

15. 1981: Popular & Rock Price Guide 3rd Edition

16. 1981: Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums

17. 1981: Record Albums Price Guide 4th Edition

18. 1981: Presleyana II (The Elvis Presley Price Guide 2nd Edition)

19. 1982: Music World (Hardbound Collector's Edition)

20. 1983: Rock & Roll 45s (4th Edition

21. 1983: Record Albums Price Guide 5th Edition

22. 1984: Country Music Buyers-Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide

23. 1985: Elvis: A 30-Year Chronicle

24. 1986: Dance Bands & Big Bands 1st Edition

25. 1986: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide (10th Anniversary Edition)

26. 1986: Rockin' Records Special Elvis Edition

27. 1987: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1959

28. 1987: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1960

29. 1988: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 1988 Edition

30. 1988: Official Price Guide to Records 8th Edition

31. 1988: Official Price Guide to Memorabilia of Elvis Presley and the Beatles

32. 1988: The Humes Herald — 1953

33. 1988: Elvis — Like Any Other Soldier (First Printing, Hard Cover)

34. 1988: Elvis — Like Any Other Soldier (Second Printing, Paper Cover)

35. 1989: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 1989 Edition

36. 1990: Official Price Guide to Records 9th Edition

37. 1990: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1961

38. 1990: Picture the Blues

39. 1991: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 1991 Edition

40. 1991: Official Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 1st Edition

41. 1992: Presleyana III (The Elvis Presley Price Guide 3rd Edition)

42. 1992: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1962

43. 1993: Dance Bands, Big Bands & Swing 2nd Edition

44. 1993: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 1994 Edition

45. 1993: Official Price Guide to Records 10th Edition

46. 1993: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1963

47. 1993: Sir Charles Barkley and the Referee Murders

48. 1994: Official Price Guide to Compact Discs 1st Edition

49. 1994: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 1995 Edition

50. 1994: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1964

51. 1994: Official Price Guide to Elvis Presley Records & Memorabilia 1st Edition

52. 1995: Official Price Guide to Records 11th Edition

53. 1995: Official Price Guide to Records 11th Edition (Software Edition)

54. 1995: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 1996 Edition

55. 1995: Official Price Guide to the Beatles Records & Memorabilia 1st Edition

56. 1996: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1965

57. 1996: Official Price Guide to Country & Western Records 1st Edition

58. 1996: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 1997 Edition

59. 1996: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1966

60. 1997: Official Price Guide to Records 12th Edition

61. 1997: Official Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2nd Edition

62. 1997: Official Price Guide to Records 12th Edition (Software Edition)

63. 1997: Presleyana IV (The Elvis Presley Price Guide 4th Edition)

64. 1997: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 1998 Edition

65. 1997: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1967

66. 1998: Official Guide to the Money Records (Top 1,000 Most Valuable Records)

67. 1998: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 1999 Edition

68. 1998: Official Price Guide to Elvis Presley Records & Memorabilia 2nd Edition

69. 1998: Mighty John's Money Music Encyclopedia

70. 1999: Official Price Guide to Records 13th Edition

71. 1999: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 1999 Edition

72. 1999: Elvis — Word for Word (First Edition)

73. 1999: Official Price Guide to the Beatles Records & Memorabilia 2nd Edition

74. 1999: The Official Price Guide to Antiques and Collectibles

75. 2000: Official Price Guide to Records 2000 Edition

76. 2000: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2000 Edition

77. 2000: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2000 Edition

78. 2000: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2000 Edition

79. 2000: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2000 Edition

80. 2000: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2000 Edition

81. 2000: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling Collectibles

82. 2000: Elvis — Word for Word (Revised Edition)

83. 2001: Official Price Guide to Records 2001 Edition

84. 2001: Collecting Ichiro — The Online Edition

85. 2001: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2001 Edition

86. 2001: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2001 Edition

87. 2001: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2001 Edition

88. 2001: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2001 Edition

89. 2001: Music Tracker — CD-ROM Software for Record Collectors

90. 2001: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2001 Edition

91. 2002: Complete Library of American Phonograph Recordings — 1968

92. 2002: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2002 Edition

93. 2002: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2003 Edition

94. 2002: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2002 Edition

95. 2002: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2002 Edition

96. 2002: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2002 Edition

97. 2002: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2002 Edition

98. 2002: Presleyana V (The Elvis Presley Price Guide 5th Edition)

99. 2002: Elvis: The King Remembered — Book & Audio CD

100. 2002: Official Price Guide to Records 16th Edition

101. 2003: CYBERGUIDES — Downloadable Price & Reference Guides, Delivered Weekly

102. 2003: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2003 Edition

103. 2003: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2003 Edition

104. 2003: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2003 Edition

105. 2002: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2003 Edition

106. 2003: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2003 Edition

107. 2003: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2004 Edition

108. 2003: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2004 Edition

109. 2004: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2004 Edition

110. 2004: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2004 Edition

111. 2004: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2004 Edition

112. 2004: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2004 Edition

113 2004: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2005 Edition

114 2004: Rockin' Records 2004 Special Revised Heritage Galleries Online Edition

115. 2004: Color My World

116. 2004: Official Price Guide to Records 17th Edition

117. 2004: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2005 Edition

118. 2005: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2005 Edition

119. 2005: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2005 Edition

120. 2005: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2005 Edition

121. 2005: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2005 Edition

122. 2005: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2006 Edition

123. 2005: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2006 Edition

124. 2006: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2006 Edition

125. 2006: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2006 Edition

126. 2006: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2006 Edition

127. 2006: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2006 Edition

128. 2006: Elvis — Word for Word (Revised 2006 Edition)

129. 2006: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2006 CD-ROM Edition

130. 2006: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2006 CD-ROM Edition

131. 2006: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2007 Edition.

132. 2007: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2007 Edition

133. 2007: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2007 Edition

134. 2007: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2007 Edition

135. 2007: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2007 Edition

136. 2007: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2007 CD-ROM Edition

137. 2007: Composer, Conductor, and Cast Index for the Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2007 Edition

138. 2007: Official Price Guide to Records 18th Edition

139. 2007: Presleyana VI (The Elvis Presley Price Guide 6th Edition)

140. 2008: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2008 Edition

141. 2008: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2008 Edition

142. 2008: Composer, Conductor, and Cast Index for the Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2008 Edition

143. 2008: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2008 Edition

144. 2008: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2008 Edition

145. 2008: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2008 CD-ROM Edition

146. 2008: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2008 Edition.

147. 2008: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide CD-ROM 2008 PDF Edition.

148. 2009: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2009 Edition

149. 2009: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2009 Edition

150. 2009: Composer, Conductor, and Cast Index for the Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2009 Edition

151. 2009: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2009 Edition

152. 2009: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2009 Edition

153. 2009: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2009 CD-ROM Edition

154. 2009: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2009 Edition

155. 2009: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide CD-ROM 2009 PDF Edition.

156. 2010: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2010 Edition

157. 2010: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2010 Edition

158. 2010: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2010 CD-ROM Edition

159. 2010: Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2010

160. 2010: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide CD-ROM 2010 PDF Edition

161. 2010: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2010 Edition

162. 2010: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2010 Edition

163. 2010: Elvis: Like Any Other Soldier (Special 50th Anniversary Edition)

164. 2011: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2011 Edition

165. 2011: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2011 Edition

166. 2011: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2011 Edition

167. 2011: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2011 Edition

168. 2011: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2011 CD-ROM Edition

169. 2011: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2011

170. 2011: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide CD-ROM 2011 PDF Edition

171. 2011: Devon Dawson Show on DVD

172. 2011: Introducing ... The Beatles — Record Price Guide, 1st Edition

173. 2011: Poetry Visions (A Selection of Poems From a Determined Soul)

174. 2012: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2012 Edition

175. 2012: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2012 Edition

176. 2012: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2012 Edition

177. 2012: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2012 Edition

178. 2012: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2012 CD-ROM Edition

179. 2012: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2012 Edition

180. 2012: Presleyana VII (The Elvis Presley Price Guide 7th Edition)

181. 2013: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2013 Edition

182. 2013: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide CD-ROM 2013 Edition

183. 2013: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide for PDAs 2013 Edition

184. 2013: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2013 Edition

185. 2013: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2013 Edition

186. 2013: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2013 Edition

187. 2013: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2013 Edition

188. 2013: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2013 CD-ROM Edition

189. 2014: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide 2014 Edition

190. 2014: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide CD-ROM 2014 Edition

191. 2014: Rockin' Records Buyers/Sellers Reference Book & Price Guide for PDAs 2014 Edition

192. 2014: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide 2014 Edition

193. 2014: Various Artists Compilation Albums Price & Reference Guide CD-ROM 2014 Edition

194. 2014: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums 2014 Edition

195. 2014: Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks and Original Cast Albums CD-ROM 2014 Edition

196. 2014: Mighty John's Gold: A Record Appraiser's Guide 2014 CD-ROM Edition

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ADDITIONAL PUBLISHING VENTURES

1977-1980: Founder and publisher of music magazine “Record Digest” and its successor, “Music World.”

1978: Creator and producer of the world's first commercially issued picture disc LP, “To Elvis: Love Still Burning.” Jerry also conceived and produced the last FIVE vinyl record albums ever made by the legendary Sun Records.

1986-Present: Founder and writer of nationally syndicated (by World Features Syndicate) weekly music Q&A newspaper column “Mr. Music.”

1987-1992: Founder and publisher of the monthly music magazine “DISCoveries.”

1996-2003: Publisher of Limited Edition, Fine Art Celebrity Lithographs (Osborne Fine Art Images).

1996: Special Memorabilia Editor for “The Best of Elvis,” a book by Susan Doll.

1999: “Distinguished Contributor” and writer of the Introduction for “The Archives of Graceland (The Official Auction Catalogue).”

1999: Technical Editor and “Expert Panelist” for “The Unofficial Guide to Starting a Business Online.”

1999-Present: Special advisor, research consultant, and occasional writer of liner notes, for the massive reissue catalog of Varése Sarabande Music.

2001: Created the world's first site exclusively devoted to collecting cards and related baseball memorabilia of Seattle Mariners/New York Yankees sensation, Ichiro. Appropriately, it is named “Collecting Ichiro.”

2001: Osborne's One on One Company, manufacturer of Sports Trading Cards, produced American Originals — the world's first collectible cards where each one is a work of original art.

2002: Producer, writer, and host of “Elvis Presley - The King Remembered,” a career audio retrospective made exclusively on compact disc. Originally issued with the book of the same title.

2003: Creator of 1,000 questions and answers for the Elvis Trivia Game — Collector's Edition.

2007: Founder of The Vinyl Village Forum for Record Collectors. An online gathering place where vinyl lovers can chat, share information, discuss collectibles, see what's selling and what's not, and more. Register today, it's completely FREE!

2012: Personally developed the innovative "Rockin' Records" for a PDA. With this application, over 5,500 pages of record prices and helpful reference material can be carried on a Smartphone or other device. This is the world's first complete record guide created specifically for this purpose.





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