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Chris Hamalton
Pseudonym for Harry Farmer
Porter Heaps 1906 - 3rd May 1999
Promotional Record
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Classical organ)
Porter Heaps organist
Obituary
The New York Times
Sometimes called 'Mr. Hammond Organ,' Porter Warrington Heaps was a showman who travelled the world displaying the versatility of the electronic keyboard.
When the instrument first came along, no one knew much about it, so I was asked by the manufacturers to play it and learn just what it could do,' Mr. Heaps told the Chicago Tribune in 1951.
A virtuoso performer of both pop and classical music, Mr. Heaps introduced the organ to the common person, proving it to be not only an instrument for the church but also the home. Largely because of his efforts, the Chicago-based Hammond Organ Co. sold tens of thousands of organs.
Mr. Heaps died of heart failure at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 3, three weeks shy of his 93rd birthday.
Like Liberace , Mr. Heaps brought a quirky humour to his shows, playing serious music without boring his audience.
Born in Cicero to a minister and his wife, Mr. Heaps played his first organ recital at age 11. At 18, he was a church organist and choir director, posts he held throughout his life, including at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Evanston.
In the 1920s, Mr. Heaps obtained a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Northwestern University, choosing songs of the Civil War as his master's thesis. Summers were spent in Paris, studying organ with .
On June 23, 1935, Mr. Heaps made history in the first public performance of a Hammond organ.
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Merit Hemmingson
Barkbrödslåten
Jämtländsk Brudmarsch (live 2015)
celebrates Jan Johansson
Swedish Folksong from Jämtland
promo video - Merit Hemmingson and Paul Wagnberg
Merit Hemmingson organist
Merit Hemmingson Wikipedia page

Merit Hemmingson Discogs page

Link to the Merit Hemmingson web site

Merit Hemmingson Itunes page
Merit Hemmingson was born on the 30th August 1940 in the village Gärdsta in Marby parish in Jämtland.
Merit started playing the accordion at four and the piano at seven.
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I was playing all the time during my school period and got more and more into jazz.
After school my plan was to attend Oscar Petersons jazz school in Toronto in the beginning of the sixties, but instead I went to New York to get a band together. I was digging jazz in the famous jazz club Birdland almost every night and even sat in with Miles Davis band at Village Vanguard.
I got piano lessons from both Joe Zawinul and Lalo Shifrin.
I formed a band in the US with four black female jazz musicians, altosax, trumpet, bass and drums and myself on the piano. We were touring in Sweden for six months, "Merit H. and her Girl Stars".
I left the jazz scene and found my real big "Love" the Hammond B3 organ and started the group Meritones, with which I made my first album in 1967.
In the beginning of the seventies Swedish folk music entered my life which resulted in three gold discs "Huvva", "Trollskog" and "Bergtagen". At this time I also recorded a double album together with the great poet Beppe Wolgers. With two fiddlers and a rhythm section I toured all over Sweden with this quite new concept and had great success.
Later on I explored other musical fields also with synthesizers, playing with different artists, writing and co-writing songs.
But after that I was attracted back to the roots and to the organ playing.
A compilation album from the seventies "Merit - Queen of Swedish Hammond Folk Groove" was released in 2005 and the album "Touch" in 2006.
With my move to Gotland, I got a new wonderful music life.
My album "EQ", released in 2011, produced by Tobias Fröberg, was principally based on my own material and Swedish folk songs. Recorded in Sandkvie studio in Visby, the old Hanseatic town in the island of Gotland, where I also live today.
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Milt Herth 3rd Nov 1902 - 18th Jun 1969
Stompin at the savoy
Peach Tree Street
Toy Trumpet
In An 18th Century Drawing Room
Church Mouse On A Spree
Blue Danube Swing
Huckleberry Duck
Organist Milt Herth
Milt Herth Discogs page

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Milt Herth AllMusic biography
Milton "Milt" Herth was born November 3rd 1902 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1937 Herth began to work with jazz pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith in Chicago, when Smith signed to Decca Records Herth, Smith, and drummer O'Neil Spencer formed the Milt Herth Trio. The trio became a quartet with the addition of Teddy Bunn on guitar in April 1938.
Milt Herth also played himself in several short films (Love and Onions (1935), Swing Styles (1939), and Jingle Belles, (1941)) as well as the longer 1942 film, Juke Box Jenny, a movie noted for being a series of musical performances.
Milt Herth died in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 18th 1969.
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Mike Hill 11th Nov 1935 - 1st May 2002
The six tracks below feature Mike Hill on Hammond organ with full orchestral backing
Yesterday
Up The Waltz
Delilah
Help Yourself
A Man Without Love
Wichita Lineman
Organist Mike Hill
Mike Hill Discogs page
Mike Hill, born in Hartlepool on the 11th November 1935, came from a musical family. His mother was a piano teacher, his father a violinist and his brother Paul a drummer. Mike was a natural and gifted musician and at the age of 13 was introduced by telephone live on radio to Hughie Green for Opportunity Knocks. He played four instruments: piano, vibes, harpsichord and orchestra bells going from one instrument to the next until he had completed the song he was asked to do. Hughie Green invited him to the show and he won. He then became a regular on the show and travelled the country, playing for Jack Taylor's Juveniles, Ralph Reader's Gang Shows and many more.
He became resident with the Merry Magpies doing stage and radio work. He had offers from Scotland, Ireland, Jersey and abroad.
He went to Birmingham to audition for ITV's Bid For Fame, a contest that he won. He worked quite a lot on TV and played the American Bases. According to his diary the list of engagements reads like a Who's Who in Showbusiness. During this time he worked for Dick James Music and released his first record Jukes Jingle backed with Joey's Song. His second record was released on 14 October 1960 called Beatnik Boogie backed with Mike's Song. In all he composed about eighteen songs.
Mike then went on tour again with Tito Burns and The Allisons and he later became resident on TV with the Five o'clock Club and Stubby Kaye's Silver Star Show. Overseas engagements in 1967 took him to Germany and Sweden as musical director to Jayne Mansfield. He returned to Dick James and was invited to be musical advisor to The Beatles.
Throughout the 1970s Mike played in almost every pub and club in London and continued recording changing labels to the Edmat label. His final recording was From Us To You together with Kenny Williams and Guy Saville.
Mike Hill died 1st May 2002.
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Danny Hodgson b. 1934
Caprice (No 24) - Danny Hodgson and the Pete Smith Big Band
Non Stop Hammond - All of me, It's a sin to tell a lie, Are you lonesome tonight
Non Stop Hammond - There's a Kind of Hush - Here it Comes Again
Non Stop Hammond - The Breeze and I - Poinciana
Organist Danny Hodgson
Danny Hodgson Discogs page
Born in Whitehaven, Cumberland in 1934 Danny Hodgson spent seven years with the Royal Military Acadamy band, playing piano as well as brass.
On leaving the forces he joined the George Bradley band. He also spent time playing for Ken Mackintosh and backed singers Susan Maughan and Dennis Lotis.
Danny also played cabaret on the Queen Elizabeth II
Danny went on to be the Hammond demonstrator at Chappells of Bond Street.
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Richard "Groove" Holmes 2nd May 1951 - 29th Jun 1991
Misty
Living Soul LP
Since You've Been Gone
SOUL POWER
Morris the minor
Organist Richard 'Groove' Holmes
Richard Holmes Wikipedia pagePage
Richard Arnold "Groove" Holmes was born on the 2nd of May 1931 in Camden, New Jersey
Holmes' first album was recorded in March 1961.
Revered in soul-jazz circles, Richard "Groove" Holmes was an unapologetically swinging Jimmy Smith admirer who could effortlessly move from the grittiest of blues to the most sentimental of ballads.
He recorded many albums for Pacific Jazz, Prestige Records, Groove Merchant and Muse Records.
Holmes was best known for his hit 1965 version of "Misty". He engaged in some inspired organ battles with Jimmy McGriff in the early '70s before turning to electric keyboards and fusion-ish material a few years later. The organ was Holmes' priority in the mid- to late '80s, when he recorded for Muse
Richard Holmes died of a heart attack on June 29th 1991 in St. Louis, Missouri after a long struggle with prostate cancer, having performed his last concerts in a wheelchair. One of his last gigs was at the 1991 Chicago Blues Festival with his long-time friend, singer Jimmy Witherspoon.
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Will Horwell
Misty
Downtown
Night and Day
People will say we're in love
Hello Dolly
Träumerei'n
Michelle
The Sound of Music
Spanish Eyes
Strangers in the Night
Schön war die Zeit mit dir
Smaragd
Gute Nacht
Lara's Theme
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Will Horwell Discogs page
Recorded with Amadeo & Karssell Records.
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Zygmunt Jankowski

Hammond Pop Party
side 1
Help Yourself
My Cherie Amour
Gentle on my Mind
Proud Mary
Don't Forget to Remember

Hammond Pop Party
side 2

Ballad of John and Yoko
Je T'aime
Venus
Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head
Yesterme Yesteryou Yesterday
Zygmunt Jankowski Discogs page
Booker T. Jones b. 12th Nov 1944
Booker T. Jones Instagram page
Green Onions
Time Is Tight
Melting Pot
Born Under a Bad Sign
Never Found a Girl

Christmas Medley
Organist Booker T. Jones
Booker T. Jones web site

Booker T. Jones Wikipedia page
Booker T. Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on November 12, 1944.
Jones was a musical prodigy, playing the oboe, saxophone, trombone, bass, and piano at school and organ at church. He attended Washington High School
Jones's entry into professional music came at age sixteen, when he played baritone saxophone on Satellite Records' first hit, "Cause I Love You," by Carla and Rufus.
By the time Booker T. Jones entered high school he was already a semi-professional, and quickly recognized as the most talented musician in his school. He was appointed director of the school band for four years, and in addition, organized the school dance orchestra which played for proms throughout the Mid-South.
Booker's first instrument was the string bass, but he soon switched to the organ. Booker came to the attention of record executive Jim Stewart in Memphis, and while still in high school he worked as a staff musician for Stax Records.
While hanging around the Satellite Record Shop run by Estelle Axton Jones met record clerk Steve Cropper, who would become one of the MGs when the group formed in 1962. While still in high school, Jones co-wrote the group's classic instrumental "Green Onions," which was a massive hit in 1962.
Jones was married to Priscilla Coolidge in 1969, sister of singer Rita Coolidge. He produced Priscilla's first album Gypsy Queen in 1970; then the pair collaborated as a duo on three albums.
On June 18, 1985, Jones married Nanine Warhurst. They have three children together, and an additional five stepchildren from their prior relationships.
On March 1, 1995, Booker T. & the MGs won their first Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song "Cruisin'". Jones still plays with the MGs and his own small combo called the Booker T. Jones Band. His current touring group includes Vernon "Ice" Black (guitar), Darian Gray (drums), and Melvin Brannon (bass).
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Bob Kames 21st Apr 1925 – 9th Apr 2008
Chicken Dance
I'll never get married again
You are my one true Love
Paloma Blanca
Song Sung Blue
Laughter in the Rain
Organist Bob Kames
Bob Kames Wikipedia page

Bob Kames Discogs page
Bob Kames was born Robert Kujawa on April 21st 1925 in Milwaukee. He began playing the piano when he was 12 years old.
Kames was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. An army chaplain heard his playing the piano. The chaplain reportedly asked Kames if he could play the organ. He did not know how to play this instrument, but decided to give it a try. As result, Kames earned his first job in music as the Army chapel organist.
Bob earned his stage name, Bob Kames, when an announcer on Armed Forces Radio could not pronounce his name. Kames also began playing for United States troops during the war.
During his career Bob Kames recorded over seventy albums. He owned and operated a chain of music stores called Bob Kames Wonderful World of Music, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Bob Kames returned to Milwaukee after World War II. He bought a Hammond organ and continued to record independently. He composed his first pop song, You Are My One True Love, Kames released the song through a Wisconsin record company, as he was rejected by the major record labels. He paid for the first 5,000 copies himself. His luck changed when the song was picked up by London Records, an English record label. The song became a hit, selling over a million copies.
Kames' music producer first heard "Dance Little Bird" at a German music fair in 1982. The producer sent Kames a copy of the song, who recorded his own version, known as "The Chicken Dance". He released it in 1982. The song hit solid gold when it was released in 1983 in Poland, selling 300,000 copies. He received 2 of the 35 cents from each sale. Since he couldn't take the money out of the country, he donated all of the money for a relief fund.
Bob released a string of successful albums, including Happy Organ. His recording success eventually led to television. Kames began producing his first television show, The Bob Kames Family Room, in 1966
Bob Kames suffered from Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer when he died on April 9, 2008.
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James Last
Hammond a gogo vol 1
Sole Sole, I Want So Much, Goody Goody-
In A Little Spanish Town, Benita, Wheels
Hello Dolly, Milord, C'est Magnifique
Cavaquinho, Cumana, Sambarita

Red Roses For A Blue Lady, Bye Bye Blackbird, Auf Weidersch'n
Melancholie, La Mamma
America, If I Had A Hammer, Lucky Lips
True Love, Moon River


Hammond a gogo vol 2 full LP
Dance Band and Organ

Hammond a gogo vol 3 full LP
Dance Band and Organ

Hammond A gogo
James Last produced a number of A Gogo albums, as well as the three featuring the Hammond organ he produced A Gogo albums featuring Trumpet, Piano, Guitar and Sax
Eddie Layton Link to electronic page icon 10th Oct 1925 – 26th Dec 2004
Eddie Layton on Hammond - Caravan
Eddie Layton on Hammond - Coffee Foot Blues
Eddie Layton on Hammond - Mama Inez Samba
Eddie Layton on Hammond - When the Red, Red, Robin
Eddie Layton on Hammond - The Trolley Song
Eddie Layton on Hammond - Swamp - Fire
Eddie Layton on Hammond - Amor Amor
Eddie Layton on Hammond - Tico Tico
Eddie Layton - Yankee Stadium Collonade - New York New York
Eddie Layton - Yankee Stadium Collonade - Yankee Doodle
Eddie Layton - Yankee Stadium Collonade - Age of Aquarius
Happy Wanderer
Black is the colour
Whole world in his hands
Medley 1
Marianne
Tzena Tzena Tzena Tzena
Chatanooga Choo Choo
Eddie Layton
Eddie Layton biography
Eddie Layton was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the West Chester State Teachers College majoring in meteorology with a minor in music. He began playing the organ when he was twelve years old.
While serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Eddie learned to play the Hammond organ. After the war, he began a career as a professional organist writing scores for soap operas on CBS. During that time he recorded nearly 27 albums of organ music.
Eddie Layton joined the New York Yankees franchise in 1967 when CBS purchased the Yankees from Dan Topping. Because of pressure from the success of the New York Mets, their new Shea Stadium facility and the popularity of their organist, Jane Jarvis, Topping had installed an organ in Yankee Stadium at the beginning of the 1965 season. Team president Mike Burke brought Layton in to play organ music at the stadium in 1967. At the time, Layton had never been to the stadium and knew nothing about baseball.
Layton went on to play the organ for the Yankees for over three decades, taking a break from 1971 to 1977 to pursue other musical commitments. When he retired on September 28, 2003, he played a final performance of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", while fans chanted "Eddie! Eddie!".
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Eddie Layton also released records under the name Ashley Tappen
Jimmy Leach
Tiger Rag
Bugle Call Rag
Twelfth Street Rag
Jimmy Leach
Link to the Discogs page

Masters of Melody
Jimmy Leach was born on 6th November 1905 in Stockport, Cheshire.
He started work in engineering, then he tried stockbroking and even studied dentistry. Eventually at the age of 21 he became a full-time professional musician.
He had a big hit with 'The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot', which he co-wrote with Tommy Connor and Michael Carr.
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