Joe Bussard’s Swimming Pool


Joe Bussard

edited from the liner notes to “Down in the Basement: Joe Bussard’s Treasure Trove of Vintage 78s 1926-1937” (OLD HAT CD-1004)

One time the guys from [60s blues/rock band] Canned Heat came up to the house.  They came up in a Rolls Royce, with wads of money, boy!  Wads of money, enough to choke an elephant!  I think they had a hit record at the time.

And they went down in the basement, and at that time I had thousands of duplicate records.  You know, I used to have whole shelves of ’em, just dupes.  And they started pulling out things they wanted to buy.  The whole bunch, they all bought something, and it added up.  And by the time they were done, they dropped $9,000.  In cash!  They had the money in their pockets!

So I took the money, and I went out to Browning [the local pool company] and I said, “I want a pool.”  And they come up and looked, you know, and said it would cost $9,000, right around that.  So I have Canned Heat to thank for that swimming pool.  They were the ones that paid for it!  I couldn’t afford one!



2 Responses to “Joe Bussard’s Swimming Pool”

  1. REED MARTIN Says:

    …..and they say “there isn’t any money to be made in old time music.”

    If anyone deserves a nice pool – Canned Heat helped the right fellow……….

  2. Rebecca Davis Says:

    Thanks for this wonderful blog – it’s an intriguing story for avid Canned Heat fans like me. I’ll be sure to share it with others.

    For more information on Canned Heat co-founder Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, I hope you’ll check out my biography, “Blind Owl Blues”. It’s available through, and documents Wilson’s early participation in the rediscovery of Son House, his career with Canned Heat, his work as a pioneering ecologist, and his mysterious death at the age of 27.

    Thanks again for sharing this great info!

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