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Conn, David Dean (March 25, 1947-November 24, 2010)



  • Existence: March 25, 1947 - November 24, 2010


David Dean Conn was born March 25, 1947, in Osborne, Kansas, the eldest son of Dean Conn and Ida Schreiber Conn. Possessing a life-long love of music, Conn's passion was born of the classical radio broadcasts he discovered growing up in Osborne. After graduating from Wichita State University with a degree in music history, Conn embarked on a 30-plus-year career in the music business, first in Wichita and then, from the mid-1970s on, in Kansas City, where he was a fixture at both Pennylane and Music Exchange record stores. Conn enjoyed broad musical tastes, including reggae, blues, and the Grateful Dead. He was an original columnist for what is now The Pitch, writing about reggae music, as well as classical concerns, under the moniker of Davey Dread. David Conn passed away November 24, 2010.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Danny “Dan” Conn Collection

Identifier: MS-0176
Scope and Contents The Dan Conn Collection was a gift from the Dan Conn estate in June 2010. Conn was in the music industry and the collection strongly reflects his occupation. Included are magazines, album covers, promotional material and much memorabilia. The highlight of the collection lies within the plethora of posters, primarily related to musical artists and events, and a rare 12” LP promotional copy of Bruce Springsteen’s album Born to Run, featuring the original cover that used a graffiti-style font...
Dates: 1936 - 2005

David Dean Conn Collection

Identifier: MS-0175
Scope and Contents The David Dean Conn Collection was a gift of the David Conn estate in July 2010. The collection contains materials related to Conn’s music profession while working at the Music Exchange record store and Handleman Music Distributors, both located in Kansas City. Included are correspondence, press packets, music catalogs, periodicals and posters. There are also photographs and some limited edition prints by artist Gary Huston. Some of the highlights of the collection are related to Conn’s...
Dates: 1940s - 2009

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