Record collection: 20,000 vinyl records for sale after Wisconsin collector dies

LA CROSSE-EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – People collect all kinds of things throughout their lives, but no one can have a collection quite like a Wisconsin man.

It may not be a record-breaking record collection, but it’s got a lot of interest.

“My Uncle George passed away in January and I am the administrator of the estate,” Charlie Muller said.

Muller’s uncle, George Johnson, was a music lover.

This love could be measured in vinyl.

“In the ’80s, when records were kinda dying out, people were like, ‘George, do you want my records?’ So George took the records and made his own collection,” Muller said.

His collection grew to 20,000, WKBT reported.

“I made the whole house into a record store – the ground floor and the main level,” Muller said.

All of them, now, for sale.

“Seventy-five percent is ’70s rock and roll. Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin…” Muller said.

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“I look for what looks cool. That’s what I do. He’s the smartest one,” said one navigator.

Managing the record collection has been a gift for Muller.

“A month ago you couldn’t cross here. There were 8 tracks, 45 along this wall and everything was full of 78,” he said. “It shed a whole new light on how George lived.”

Throughout his life he was the friend of many.

“He really brought people together,” Muller said.

Now George’s records also bring people together.

“My mom, she lost a lot of her record collection when she moved in with me, so I’m trying to replace some of her memories,” Dee Joiner said.

It is also offering an unexpected gift to strangers.

“To share the records with all these people who want to get them. They’re all so happy and excited… It was awesome,” Muller said.

Jack L. Goldstein