Jim Walsh, 80, an authority on the early years of the recording industry, died Dec. 24 in Salem, Va.

Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of singers, phonographs and old songs, Walsh donated his extensive collection of rare recordings to the Library of Congress in 1979.

For about 40 years he wrote for Hobbies magazine. He also worked for the Roanoke (Va.) Times and WSLS Radio. During the 1950s and ’60s, Walsh contributed articles to VARIETY. His articles also appeared in the New Yorker.

He lived in Vinton, Va., and was named the town’s writer-in-residence in 1979.

No immediate survivors.

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