Oral History Information
Abbott Buegeleisen and his late brother ran the music wholesaling business that his father formed in New York City. Abbott’s father and a friend, who soon after passed away, combined their names to form Buegeleisen & Jacobson. B&J became a strong force in the industry by providing accessories and top line instruments such as accordions from Italy after World War II. Abbott recalled working in the company before the war, but made his mark with his brother after the war by expanding the product line and increasing their dealer base in much of North America. Abbott’s interview was insightful and covered over 80 years in the music industry. He passed away in early 2017 at the age of 102.