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Jackie Davis 13th Dec 1920 – 2nd Nov 1999
in Denver
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Organist Jackie Davis
Jackie Davis
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Jackie Davis was born December 13th 1920 and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, he started playing piano at the age of ten, before studying music at Florida A&M. He experimented with jazz on the pipe organ, before switching to the Hammond. He was influenced by Wild Bill Davis and Bill Doggett, and after a spell backing Louis Jordan, he started fronting his own jazz groups.
His solo career began in earnest after a residency at the Club Harlem in Philadelphia in 1951, and from there he began touring across the US, with the Hammond now being his trademark. Regular touring led to a recording contract with Capitol. In the 1960s, he signed to Warner Bros. Records
He made a brief comeback in 1980, recording a self-titled album for EMI, and making a cameo appearance in the film Caddyshack as the country club valet Porterhouse. He kept Jacksonville as his homebase and died on November 2nd 1999 following a stroke.

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Wild Bill Davis 24th Nov 1918 – 17th Aug 1995
Johnny Comes Lalely

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Wild Bill Davis
Wild Bill Davis
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Wild Bill Davis
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William Strethen Davis was born in Glasgow, Missouri in 1918.
He is best known for his pioneering jazz electronic organ recordings and for his tenure with the Tympany Five, the backing group for Louis Jordan.

Brian Dee

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Hammond Organist Brian Dee
Brian Dee
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Brian Colin Dee was born 21st March 1936 in London, England.
Although he worked for a while as a textile salesman with a leading British store group, Dee's heart was in jazz and he first became a figure prominent on the London jazz scene in 1959. This was the year that he played piano at Ronnie Scott's newly opened club in Gerrard Street.
He became a member of the group, Jazz Five, with which he toured the UK opposite Miles Davis. In 1960, Dee was voted New Star by Melody Maker. During the late 60s and into the early 70s, Dee also sometimes played organ.
At the end of the 60s he began working in recording and broadcasting studios. He continued playing jazz, mostly at London venues. During the 90s, Dee worked with the Ted Heath Orchestra under Don Lusher, with Laurie Johnson's London Big Band, and also accompanied yet more visiting American jazzmen such as ex-Ellingtonians Bill Berry, Buster Cooper and Marshal Royal. He was also sought after to accompany on record, at clubs and festivals singers such as the Cunninghams, Elaine Delmar, Barbara Jay and Rosemary Squires.

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Lenny Dee 5th Jan 1923 - 12th Feb 2006
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Closer Walk with thee
Live 1998
Folsom Prison Blues
Rocky Top- 12th St. Rag- Caravan
Armed Forces Tribute
All I Ever Need Is You
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Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye
Mack the Knife
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
Big John
Hammond Organist Lenny Dee
Lenny Dee
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Ian Woolstenholme interview
Leonard DeStoppelaire (Lenny Dee) was Born January 1923 in Chicago, Illinois
An only child, Lenny Dee was raised in Chicago and later moved to Florida.
Lenny was married with five children. His eldest son, Lenny, Jr. (known as JR) played drums in his Dad’s shows.
Lenny Dee had a style that was uniquely his own. He played with scintillating animation and his rhythm was outstanding.
He played in a traditional jazz style of the boogie and swing type. His drawbar settings were unconventional and produced interesting effects. In later years, an orchestra was added to his recordings and he played in a more conventional style.
After touring the nation in the early years, he settled down in 1967 and opened Lenny Dee’s Dolphin Den on St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. For ten years, he delighted organ lovers and tourists alike with his scintillating style, little sung ditties, jokes and hats. Shortly thereafter, he opened Lenny Dee’s Kings Inn, only a few miles from the Den.
In 1999, Lenny toured the nation and performed on a cruise ship using a Hammond-Suzuki Elegante, after which he retired in 2003.
Lenny Dee Died February 12, 2006 St. Petersburg, Florida.
Lenny Dee left a wife, Hendrica; two sons Raymond and Leonard, two daughters Georgia and Barbara, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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Joey DeFrancesco b. 10th Apr 1971
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Blues For Bobby C
Fly me to the Moon
Let The Good Times Roll
Full House
Never Can Say Goodbye
Joey DeFrancesco Trio Live - Full Concert 2015
Hammond Organist Joey DeFrancesco
Joey DeFrancesco
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Joey DeFrancesco was born in 1971 in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He was born into a musical family that included three generations of jazz musicians. His father, "Papa" John DeFrancesco, was an organist who played nationally and received the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Living Legend Award in 2013. As a toddler, Joey De Francesco first picked out melodies on a toy piano, then at the age of four the iconic jazz organist encountered his signature instrument and began playing the organ, he was soon playing songs by Jimmy Smith verbatim, by the time he was 5 his father John began bringing him to gigs, letting him sit in on sets. At the age of 10, DeFrancesco joined a band in Philadelphia that included jazz legends Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones. He was considered a fixture at local jazz clubs, opening shows for Wynton Marsalis and B.B. King.
Joey DeFrancesco attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. During his high school years, DeFrancesco won numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Jazz Society McCoy Tyner Scholarship. He was also a finalist in the first Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
DeFrancesco was 16 years old when he signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records. The following year he released his first record titled All of Me. His performance on All of Me has been attributed as helping bring back the organ to jazz music during the 1980s. That same year, DeFrancesco joined Miles Davis and his band on a five-week concert tour in Europe. DeFrancesco's recording deal with Columbia include the release of 5 albums. In addition to All of Me, he released Where Were You in 1990, Part III in 1991, Reboppin in 1992, and Live at the 5 Spot in 1993.
DeFrancesco began touring with his own quartet at the age of 18. In the early 1990s, DeFrancesco began collaborating with John McLaughlin, former guitarist for Miles Davis and Mahavishnu. At the age of 22, he became a founding member of the group The Free Spirits along with McLaughlin and drummer Dennis Chambers. He toured with the group for 4 years and was part of several recordings, including the albums Tokyo Live and After the Rain.
In 1999, DeFrancesco recorded his album Incredible! live at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. The album was released in 2000 and featured a performance by his idol and jazz legend Jimmy Smith.
DeFrancesco was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for his record Falling in Love Again. DeFrancesco's career shifted slightly in 2009 with the film Moonlight Serenade, starring Amy Adams and Alec Newman. He played the role of "Frank D" in the film and was also credited as a composer and producer of the film. DeFrancesco was nominated for another Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Never Can Say Goodbye.

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'Papa' John DeFrancesco b. 12th Sep 1940
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Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2
Organ Summit
Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts Festival Jam

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Hammond Organist 'Papa' John DeFrancesco
'Papa' John DeFrancesco
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'Papa John' DeFrancesco was swinging long before his famous son made his debut. John's father had played reeds with various swing bands, including the Dorsey Brothers. John DeFrancesco began playing trumpet when he was six and did not start playing organ until his wife bought him an organ for his 23rd birthday. After a few months of nearly nonstop practicing, he was ready to perform in clubs.
In 1967 John DeFrancesco moved to Philadelphia and soon he was part of the Philadelphia jazz scene. However, in 1979 when Joey turned eight and started playing professionally, John temporarily gave up his career in order to supervise his son. Another son, Johnny DeFrancesco, developed into a fine guitarist.
In the 1990s, John DeFrancesco returned to a more active playing career, recording two strong sets for Muse (Doodlin' and Comin' Home) and gaining a national reputation of his own. "Papa John" plays organ in an infectious hard bop style not that different from his son.
In the 21st century he signed first to Highnote and then its sister imprint Savant, where he issued a string of fine recordings including Hip Cake Walk in 2001, Jumpin' in 2003, Walking Uptown in 2004, and Desert Heat in 2006.
After a five-year recording hiatus, Papa John returned with A Philadelphia Story in a classic B-3 trio setting with John Jr. on guitar and drummer Glenn Ferracone, with guest appearances from Joey and tenor man Joe Fortunato.

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Barbara Dennerlein born 25th Sept 1964
Barbara Dennerlein Facebook page
Stormy Weather Blues
Jimmy's Walk on Hammond B3
J.S. Bach Jazz Improvisation
boogie woogie
'A Summer Day' in Larino
Interview Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4
Organist Barbara Dennerlein
Barbara Dennerlein
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Barbara Dennerlein was born in Munich in 1964, she fell in love with one sound at an early age. While others were practicing "Für Elise" or strumming "All You Need Is Love" on the guitar, Barbara was fascinated by the sound of the Hammond organ.
She was eleven when her father, himself an organ fan, was acting a little bit out of self-interest when he bought the Christmas present. If Barbara lost interest, he could always play it himself! But it all turned out quite differently. Barbara never took her hands off the instrument again. And things didn't stop there either. The fourth instrument on which Barbara indulged in her passion was the "Holy Grail" of organs: an original Hammond long since out of production - the legendary Hammond B3.
And so began Barbara's own journey of discovery into the world of music. In addition to studying the classical repertoire of standards, she began to compose her own numbers very early on.
Following first performances as a thirteen-year-old, she began to play in clubs at the age of fifteen. In the early eighties she was already celebrated as the "organ tornado from Munich". Later on, "Harper's Bazar" wondered:"How did this Fräulein get so funky?" and the Los Angeles Times headlined with: 'German Organist Pumps You Up'.
For years Barbara Dennerlein has topped critics' polls in American jazz magazines and can call a worldwide community of devoted jazz friends her own. Yet through all this she has remained modest and uncomplicated, like the proverbial 'girl next door', never failing to mention the support of her parents in interviews.

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Joe Dinkelbach
Joe Dinkelbach Youtube channel
Double Hammond Explosion
The Old Country
Joe Dinkelbach Trio, Three Colors
Organist Joe Dinkelbach
Joe Dinkelbach
Joe Dinkelbach was born 1965 in Braunschweig, Germany.
He had first piano lessons when he was 6 years old, from among others Otto Wolters.
Joe Dinkelbach studied jazz piano at the Hilversums Conservatorium in Northern Holland, his teachers were Henk Elkerbout and Rob Madna.
As well as playing the Hammond organ Joe also plays piano and Fender Rhodes guitar.

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Bill Doggett 16th Feb 1916 – 13th Nov 1996
Plays the blues
Honky-Tonk Live video - 1972 France
Bill Doggett
Bill Doggett
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William Ballard Doggett was born 16th February 1916 in Philadelphia.
His mother, a church pianist, introduced him to music when he was nine years old.
By the time he was fifteen he had joined a Philadelphia area combo, playing local theaters and clubs while attending high school.
Ronald van Driel
Easy, Still Blue
Song for Klaus
Luny Tune
Organist Ronald van Driel
Ronald van Driel
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Ronald van Driel lives in Capelle aan den IJssel (a stone's throw from Rotterdam)
Ronald van Driels' organ career began at a young age with a Solina organ. This was followed by a Hammond T-100 with a Leslie 147, a M-100, X-5, B-3000, M-3, C-3, Roland VK-77, Roland VK-88 and finally a Hammond A-100.
Ronald bought a Hammond A-100 which was made portable by Sjaak van Oosterhout. To keep things as portable as possible Ronald does not use a classical Leslie, but a Motion Sound Pro-145. This is a compact box which can be lifted by one man and which contains a rotary horn and rotary drum
In his younger years he had organ lessons from Joop van der Pluijm, a real Hammond man "who has played for years on the Holland America Line. "I learned a lot by listening to many recordings, which pick out and play on. I still do. Even the less experienced organist, you can still learn things."
Ronald turned professional when he was fourteen. When he was around 20 he made his final step into the Jazz scene when he played with drummer Ray Appleton in 1986, Ray had accompanied the organists Jimmy McGriff and Melvin Rhyne. "Through this action and good advice from Ray, I decided to leave the commercial circuit behind me and move to completely focus on jazz."
In the years after Ronald was taught by Rob van Kreeveld and Rob Madna. On the advice of Tony Eijk he studied piano.
Ronald unfortunately stopped actively playing Hammond in 2011.

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Jack McDuff 17th Sep 1926 - 23rd Jan 2001
Quartet (Live video)1964
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Organist Jack McDuff
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Born Eugene McDuffy on 17 th September 1926 in Champaign, Illinois, Jack McDuff began playing bass, appearing in Joe Farrell's group. Encouraged by Willis Jackson in whose band he also played bass in the late 1950s, McDuff moved to the organ and began to attract the attention of Prestige Records. McDuff soon became a bandleader, leading groups featuring a young George Benson.
McDuff recorded many classic albums on Prestige including his debut solo Brother Jack in 1960, The Honeydripper (1961), with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and guitarist Grant Green, Brother Jack Meets The Boss (1962), featuring Gene Ammons, and Screamin' (1962).
After his tenure at Prestige, McDuff joined the Atlantic label for a brief period and then in the 1970s recorded for Blue Note. To Seek a New Home (1970) was recorded in England with a line-up featuring blues shouter Jimmy Witherspoon and some of Britain's top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar and Dick Morrissey on tenor sax.
The decreasing interest in jazz and blues during the late 1970s and 1980s meant that many jazz musicians went through a lean time and it wasn't until the late 1980s, with The Re-Entry, recorded for the Muse label in 1988, that McDuff once again began a successful period of recordings, initially for Muse, then on the Concord Jazz label from 1991. George Benson appeared on his mentor's 1992 Colour Me Blue album.
Despite health problems, McDuff continued working and recording throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and toured Japan with Atsuko Hashimoto in 2000. "Captain" Jack McDuff, as he later became known, died of heart failure at the age of 74 on the 23rd January 2001 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Billy Duncan
Billy Duncan organist
Billy Duncan

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Billy Duncan was playing nightly concerts on Hammond at the Seahorse Bars Clarence Pier, Portsmouth in 1958
Was a feature personality at The International Sequence Dance Circle festival on the Isle of Man.
Played the Southend on Sea Bandstand during the summer season from approx 1967 to 1971.

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Steven Eaklor
Sweet Georgia Brown
Moonlight In Vermont
Oral History of Hammond
Gospel Meet Jazz - Interview
Rialto Theatre organ
Organist Steven Eaklor
Steven Eaklor
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Steven Eaklor is equally at home in the classical organ repertoire, Theater Organ, Jazz, Hammond Pop and Gospel styles, his arrangements and orchestrations are renowned for their innovation, excitement and pure musicality.
Steven's musical training began at the age of 6, on the Hammond Chord Organ. Soon advancing to Pipe Organ and Trumpet, He pursued and completed formal study at Adams State College in Colorado, earning a B.A. in Music Performance.
Steven's mastery of the Hammond Organ brought him to a career with the Hammond company, and for 15 years he served as Director of Product Planning and Development. His ideas and innovations continue to be found throughout the Hammond/Leslie product line.
Steven's devotion to Sacred Music performance and his vast knowledge of Gospel Music has led to positions as Organist and Choirmaster at Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia, and Minister of Music at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago, as well as numerous National Gospel Music Seminars and Clinics for the Hammond Organ Company.

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Ole Erling 29th Jul 1938 - 20th Feb 2016
Interview and musical interludes
memorial video

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Organist Ole Erling
Ole Erling
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Ole Erling was born Erling Axel Olsen on the 29th July 1938 at Nørrebro in Copenhagen.
His early career was not in music. He worked for a period as caretaker, and trained as an electrician. He was called to the Hammond house, a large music store that specialized in organs, and while he repaired the light he saw how a big the Hammond organ would sound if it were played by a skilled musician. Erling Olsen decided that he would play the organ. However, a Hammond organ very expensive, and on apprentice wages it would take years to save up for it.
That he became an Organ owner due to a happy coincidence: An Italian orchestra had run out of money, and to be able to afford the tickets home to Italy , there was no other option than to sell their instruments. Erling Olsen bought a portable Hohner organ from the orchestra.
He began performing at weddings and confirmations, and eventually became a sought banquet musician.
His career gained momentum when Ole Erling began recording fun music as well as the more lively repertoire. He extended the business with his own record label - Popular Music later PM Music - and with several recordings in the charts was making rapid progress in his musical career.
In the early 1980s the interest in organ music was waning, and there were longer breaks between both record releases and performances. There were two events that led to Ole Erling returned to the musical scene: First the introduction of a new Wersi organ on the market which was a minor revolution, which gave Ole Erling the will to perform again. Then there was suddenly a nostalgic interest in music. Then for several years he performed at the Langeland Festival , where he played for a new generation of music lovers, much to the surprise of many - not least himself.
Ole Erling died 20th February 2016 in Smørum.

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Georgie Fame b. 26th June 1943
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Prague 1967- Petrof Organ
Georgie Fame reminisces with Jamie Cullum
Yeh Yeh!

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Organist Georgie Fame
Georgie Fame
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Georgie Fame was born Clive Powell on the 26th June 1943 in Leigh, Lancashire. He took piano lessons from the age of seven and on leaving school at 15 he worked for a brief period in a cotton weaving mill and played piano for a band called the Dominoes in the evenings. After taking part in a singing contest at the Butlins Holiday Camp in Pwllheli, North Wales he was offered a job there by the band leader.
At sixteen years of age, Fame went to London and, on the recommendation of Lionel Bart, entered into a management agreement with Larry Parnes, who had given new stage names to such artists as Marty Wilde and Billy Fury. Fame later recalled that Parnes had given him an ultimatum over his forced change of name: "It was very much against my will but he said, 'If you don't use my name, I won't use you in the show'".
Over the following year Fame toured the UK playing beside Wilde, Joe Brown, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and others. Fame played piano for Billy Fury in his backing band, the Blue Flames. When the backing band got the sack at the end of 1961, the band were re-billed as "Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames" and went on to enjoy great success with a repertoire largely of rhythm and blues numbers.
Fame was influenced from early on by jazz and such blues musicians as Willie Mabon and Mose Allison, and was one of the first white artists to be influenced by the ska music he heard in Jamaican cafes in and around Ladbroke Grove. Black American soldiers who visited the Flamingo Club, where the band had a three-year residency, would play him the latest jazz and blues releases from America. Fame later recalled: it was a great place to play, a midnight to 6am thing on Fridays and Saturdays, and it was full of American GIs who came in from their bases for the weekend. They brought records with them and one of them gave me "Green Onions" by Booker T & the MG's. I had been playing piano up to that point but I bought a Hammond organ the next day."
In August 1963 the band took a weekly Friday-night spot at "The Scene" on Great Windmill Street. In September 1963 the band recorded its debut album, Rhythm And Blues at the Flamingo, live at the Flamingo Club. Fame subsequently enjoyed regular chart success with singles, having three Top 10 hits, which all made number one in the UK Singles Chart
Fame's version of the Bobby Hebb song "Sunny" made No. 13 in the UK charts in September 1966. The follow-up, "Sitting in the Park" made No. 12. His greatest chart success was "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" in 1967, which was a number one hit in the United Kingdom, and No.7 in the United States. "Yeh Yeh" and "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs.
Fame continued playing into the 1970s, having a hit, "Rosetta", with his close friend Alan Price. In 1974, Fame reformed the Blue Flames and also began to sing with Europe's finest orchestras and big bands, a musical tradition he still currently pursues. During the 1970s, he also wrote jingles for several UK radio and TV commercials, and composed the music for the feature films Entertaining Mr Sloane (1970) and The Alf Garnett Saga (1972).
Fame has collaborated with other successful popular musicians. He has been a core member of Van Morrison's band, as well as his musical producer. Fame also played keyboards and sang harmony vocals on such tracks as "In the Days before Rock 'n' Roll" from the album Enlightenment, while still recording and touring as an artist in his own right. Fame played organ on all of the Van Morrison albums between 1989 and 1997.

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Harry Farmer
YouTube linkI've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams
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(Chris Hamalton)
Harry Farmer organist
Harry Farmer

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1936 Broadcast from the Granada Theatre, Bedford
Also recorded on Hammond under the name of Chris Hamalton
Phill Farrell
Phill Farrell was playing at the Plaza Ballroom, Derby in 1949
Derby Daily Telegraph
27 October 1949 Image © The Stage Media Company Limited

He was at the West End Theatre, Birmingham in 1960, and was part of a TV show about the decline in popularity of the cinema organ.

The Stage
15 September 1960Image © The Stage Media Company Limited
Sven Figee b. 27th May 1975
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Harp And Soul
Killing Hammond organ solo
Children Of The Dark
Soul live at Tivoli de Helling
Organist Sven Figee
Sven Figee
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Sven Figee was born 27th May 1975 in Almelo, Netherlands.
In 1995 Figee began studying jazz piano at the conservatory in Rotterdam . During his first year he took piano and keyboard lessons. He played in several local bands playing funk and rock . He had his first major studio experience with the Dutch rock band Topaz. In 1996, their album The Door was released. Figee took the organ and synthesizer parts.
He toured with Marcel de Groot for two years performing in Dutch theaters. In 1998 Marcel de Groot released a live album with Figee playing keyboard.
In 1998 and 1999 he toured Europe and America with Anouk off. Figee played at festivals at home and abroad. In 1999 he also worked on her second album Urban Solitude. Figee joined The Wishing Well, a project of The Hague musicians. Many musicians of Anouk , Hallo Venray and Gruppo Sportivo ran into each other during this project.
In 2001 Sven Figee started his own studio

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Mike Finnigan b. 26th Apr 1945
Mike Finnigan Facebook page
Organ Solo's from Biscuit & Blues

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Mike Finnigan
Mike Finnigan
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Michael Kelly Finnigan was born April 26th 1945 in Troy, Ohio, United States.
He attended University of Kansas on a basketball scholarship.
Mike Finnigan has toured and sessioned for Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Sam Moore, Crosby Stills and Nash, Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, Manhattan Transfer, Taj Mahal, Michael McDonald, Maria Muldaur, Peter Frampton, Cher, Ringo Starr, Leonard Cohen, Tower of Power, Rod Stewart, David Coverdale, Tracy Chapman, Los Lonely Boys, and Bonnie Raitt.
He recorded two solo records in the 1970s. He later collaborated with two other Columbia Artists, Les Dudek and Jim Krueger, with whom he formed DFK (Dudek, Finnigan, and Krueger). More recently his work has featured on the CD by The Finnigan Brothers, a collaboration with his younger brother Sean and founding member of Bread, Robb Royer.
He is twice a winner of a Blues Music Award for his work with Taj Mahal as a member of the Phantom Blues Band.
In 2013 and 2014, Finnigan was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Pinetop Perkins Piano Player' category.

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Matthew Fisher
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Channel 4 (December 2006)
Organist Matthew Fisher
Matthew Fisher
Matthew Charles Fisher was born on the 7th March 1946 in Addiscombe, Croydon, England.
In addition to his work with Procol Harum, he was producer to Robin Trower, James Dewar and Tir Na Nog and enjoyed a solo career, being especially popular in Greece. His solo albums include Journey's End (1973), I'll Be There (1974), Matthew Fisher (1980), and Strange Days (1981).
Two of the albums he produced for Trower, Bridge of Sighs (1974) and For Earth Below (1975), have been certified gold by the RIAA, whilst "A Whiter Shade of Pale" has enjoyed multi-platinum status. Fisher's Hammond organ playing on pianist David Lanz's instrumental version of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" from his 1988 CD, Cristofori's Dream, helped that album go gold as well. The year before, Fisher produced and performed on the 12" single "All Washed Up" by Northampton Band 'Magnolia Siege' playing honky-tonk piano on the B-side end of record reprise.
Fisher co-wrote and performed on the soundtrack of the 1968 avant-garde film, Separation, which was released on DVD in the UK in July, 2009 and in the USA in March, 2010. Fisher's instrumental "Theme From Separation" on his album Journey's End is from that film, and the soundtrack also included an alternate arrangement of the piece for Hammond, bass and harpsichord.
Fisher co-produced an album by the group Prairie Madness in 1972, on which he also played organ and harpsichord. He has also played keyboards for Screaming Lord Sutch on his 1972 album, Hands of Jack the Ripper and played piano on David Bowie's tour in June and July 1972, with The Spiders from Mars.
Fisher quit Procol Harum in 1969 after the release of their third album, A Salty Dog, which he also produced. He rejoined the band in 1991 for the album The Prodigal Stranger and released two more albums with them, One More Time - Live in Utrecht 1992 and The Well's on Fire. In addition he appeared on two concert DVDs, Live in Copenhagen and Live at the Union Chapel, but quit the band again in 2004.

Larry Goldings
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Organist Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
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Larry Goldings was born in 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts. His father was a classical music enthusiast, and Larry studied classical piano until the age of twelve. While in high school at Concord Academy, he attended a program at the Eastman School of Music. As a young teenager, Larry studied privately with Ran Blake and Keith Jarrett.
Goldings moved to New York in 1986 to attend a newly formed jazz program under the leadership of Arnie Lawrence at The New School. During college he studied piano with Jaki Byard and Fred Hersch.
In 1988, Goldings began his development as an organist during a regular gig at a piano less bar called Augie's Jazz Bar on New York's Upper West Side. He was featured with several bands, and his own trio with guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Bill Stewart got its start there.
His first release was Intimacy of the Blues in 1991. He has released ten or more albums since then, and has appeared as a sideman on hundreds of recordings.

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Earl Grant 20th Jan 1931 – 10th Jun 1970
Live Australian Bandstand 1967
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Earl Grant was born January 20, 1931 in Idabel, Oklahoma.
As well as playing the organ and piano Earl Grant also sang and played trumpet and drums. He attended four music schools, eventually becoming a music teacher. During his army service, throughout which he was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. he played in clubs.
Earl Grant signed with Decca Records in 1957 and his first single "The End" reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single "Ebb Tide" sold over one million copies, gaining gold disc status.
Earl grant in an auto mobile crash today in the New Mexico desert on June 11, 1970. He was 39 years old.
Gerhard GregorLink to pipe organ page icon 17th Sep 1906 - 28th Oct 1981
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Gerhard Gregor organist
Gerhard Gregor
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Gerhard Gregor was born 17th September 1906 in Ruß, Memelland (now Rusn? , Lithuania)
Gerhard studied church music from 1925 to 1928 at the State Academy for School and Church Music at Berlin-Charlottenburg . Fascinated by the possibilities of the big cinema organs of the silent film time, he took a position as a cinema organist in Hanover after his graduation and soon made a name for himself as a silent film musician.
His skills led him to NORAG in 1930, when a cinema-organ of the company M. Welte & Söhne, optimized for transmission by radio, was installed in their studios. On this "Funkorgel" instrument he made himself before, during and after the Second World War a name as a great organist, who had the unique ability for the purpose of the Rundfunk to play the appropriate music on the most diverse occasions. His repertoire included classical works as well as those of modern entertainment and dance music .
He propagated the Hammond organ (multi tracking the Hammond or adding in other bands in the recording) as well as other modern forms of organ playing, and proved to be an equally convincing pianist and virtuoso of the harpsichord. After the Second World War, Gregor worked for the NWDR after his split at the NDR.
Gerhard also recorded under the pseudonym Jimmy McGregor
Gerhard Gregor died 28th October 1981 in Hamburg

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Ken Griffin 28th Dec 1909 – 11th Mar 1956
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Organist Ken Griffin
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Ken Griffin was born in Columbia, Missouri. His biggest hit was "You Can't Be True, Dear" (1948), which was first released as an instrumental, and later that year re-released with a vocal by Jerry Wayne dubbed in. He also starred in a 1954-55 syndicated television series, 67 Melody Lane.
Ken recorded on a variety of recording labels, especially Columbia.
It was in the 1940s in Aurora, Illinois, that Griffin broke into the nightclub circuit, playing at the Rivoli Cafe nightly. The sessions at the Rivoli cafe were broadcast on the radio station, WMRO, and the program became popular.
Ken Griffin died on March 11, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 46, of a heart attack and was buried at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora.
Columbia had many hours of Griffin's unreleased recordings on tape, and continued to release 'new' recordings of Griffin's music for a number of years after his death.

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