Veteran music merchandiser Kathy Dosdall passed away in Minneapolis Oct. 20 after a long illness with cancer. She was 56.

Dosdall, who worked in the music industry for more than 30 years, was best known for her last job as a buyer for the powerful and now-defunct Musicland chain. Dosdall was primarily the country and kids’ product buyer at the end of her stay with that company, but was also the first rap buyer for the chain. She retired from the industry when Best Buy acquired the chain and then moved the Musicland staff to its headquarters.

Dosdall began her career in the record business immediately after graduating from school as a record picker in the now-defunct Dart Distributing rackjobbing operation in Minneapolis. She also joined the Pickwick wholesale operation, which also spawned the Musicland chain. While at Pickwick she switched from the warehouse to the front office, and when the wholesaler was going out of business in the mid-1980s, she landed a job with the Musicland chain.

Dosdall is survived by her husband, Bruce.