Hustisford, Wiscosin: 1967. unbound. 1 page on "Dick Ruedebusch and his Underprivileged Five" letterhead, 11 x 8.5 inches, Hustisford, Wisconsin, July 10, 1967. Written just six months before his untimely death, in full: "Many thanks for the pictures. The one I enclose for you was taken in England at some college. Hope its O.K. I would like to get together with you. If you can get to Tumble brook some nite call me and we'll have dinner. Please consider this an invitation. Sincerely, Dick Ruedebusch." Accompanied by the original inscribed signed photo -- a 10 x 8-inch black-and-white image of Ruedebusch performing on stage, inscribed and signed in full: "Dennis: If Jazz had more friends like you it would be a wonderful, musical world, Dick Ruedebusch." The letter is creased and has several small faint stains; very good(-) condition. The photo has some uneven gloss as well as small staple holes at the corners; good condition.
Wisconsin born musician who self taught himself Dixieland Jazz by playing trumpet to recordings of Bob Crosby's Dixie Combo. Just as his career was skyrocketing with his ensemble The Underprivileged Five, he died suddenly at the age of 42.