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Harold RamsayLink to pipe organ page icon Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Sleepy Lagoon (1942) Pathe News
Harold Ramsay organist
Harold Ramsay
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The Canadian Encyclopedia
Harold Arthur Ramsay was born Aug 1901 in Great Yarmouth, England.
He moved to Calgary aged 10, studying music at Mount Royal College and becoming organist of Hillhurst United Church at 13 and of Knox United Church at 15. After training with Lynnwood Farnam in New York in the early 1920s he was a vocal coach for Paramount Studios in New York and Hollywood and organist at Broadway's Rivoli Theater.
In 1932 he moved back to England, where he became a leading theatre organist, performing on some 1000 BBC broadcasts, appearing weekly at London's Granada Theatre, and touring with his Rhythm SO, Eight-Piano SO, and the revue Radio Rodeo.
His signature tune was the theme from Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. In 1950 he returned to Calgary, where he was organist-choirmaster at Wesley United Church until 1971. He was the founder of the Calgary Choral Society, and director and teacher of voice and organ at Mount Royal College Cons.
His songs were published by Boosey & Hawkes, Chappell, and others. His 'Britain, Remember!' became a Royal Air Force theme during World War II, and Rodeo March was adopted as the theme song of the Calgary Stampede.
Harold Ramsay died 29 Jan 1976 at Salmon Arm, near Kamloops, BC.

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Aarno Raninen 27th Apr 1944 – 3rd Sep 2014
20 Minutes of Aarno Raninen
Three Times A Lady
Organist Aarno Raninen
Aarno Raninen
Aarno Raninen Wikipedia page

Aarno Raninen Discogs page

Aarno Raninen Obituary
Aarno Raninen was a Finnish singer, composer, arranger and musician (piano, accordion, violin, cello).
Born on April 17, 1944 in Kotka, Finland; died September 2, 2014 in Tuusula, Finland.
Mike Reed
Mike Reed YouTube channel
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Latin-American style favourites
More & Begin the Beguine
House of the Rising Sun
Silver Bells
Peg O my Heart
Corcovado
St. Louis Blues
Mike adds to his playlist on a regular basis. Check his You Tube channel for loads of music on Hammond.
Organist Mike Reed
Mike Reed
Robin RichmondLink to pipe organ page icon 1912–1998
Quickstep Medley
Mr. Sandman
The Yellow Rose Of Texas
Dream Boat
Foxtrot Medley
Finger Of Suspicion
a Blossom Fell
the Man From Laramie
Dulciana
Unchained Melody
Cherry Pink & Apple-blossom White
Stranger In Paradise
Softly, Softly
evermore
everywhere
Organist Robin Richmond
Robin Richmond
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Obituary

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Robin Richmond was born in London in 1912, the son of a doctor. Neither of his parents had any musical talent, but the boy became interested in the organ while at Westminster School. Advancing to London University to study law, Richmond failed his exams three times before finally giving up. He decided to turn his hobby into his full-time job.
Richmond's earliest employment, however, was as organist at the Lambeth Mission Hall. The hall showed silent films during the week and held services all day on Sunday. The job did not last for long; the minister sacked him for using drum-style percussion whilst accompanying the hymns.
Richmond now concentrated on popular dance music. His first West End appearance was in the stage revue It's in the Bag (1935) which was so devised that he had two special scenes created around his "organantics", a slang term coined around that time. In 1936 he joined the cast of Radio Pie, a touring revue starring the Two Leslies.
In 1937 Richmond travelled to Holland to play the organ at the Palais de Danse, Scheveningen in support of the famous American black dance band led by Benny Carter. Returning home he made his first radio broadcast in the BBC's popular old time music-hall series Palace of Varieties (1938).
The war began, and Richmond volunteered for the Navy. Rejected for reasons of health, he was appointed organist at the Paramount cinema in Tottenham Court Road. Like several similar West End venues, this was bombed. He remained organist at the Paramount until March 1946, then crossed over to the Gaumont-British cinema circuit travelling around London and its outskirts playing musical interludes between the films.
Richmond's main radio work began during the war, and in time he would clock up more broadcasts than any other organist. He appeared on the Sunday night spectacular Variety Bandbox
The Fifties brought better times. Richmond supported Robert Moreton, known as "The Bumper Fun Book" comedian, in the radio series Bumblethorpe (1951).
The longest-lasting tribute to Robin Richmond is the radio series The Organist Entertains, which he created in the post-war Forties and which can still be heard on the air every week to this day.
Robin Richmond died 27th July 1998.

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Bryan Rodwell
Playing the Hammond Concorde
At the Hammond organ
Hammond X77 In Finland
The Cat
Hammond C3
Hammond X77
Recorded at Hammond Organ Co in Milan
1969
Music by Carlo Alberto Rossi
Hammond T500 Part 1
Hammond T500 Part 2
Hammond T500 Part 3
Hammond T500 Part 4

performing his famous musical comedy routine - NOLA
Organist Bryan Rodwell
Bryan Rodwell
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Ian Woolstenholme interviews Bryan Rodwell
Bryan Rodwell was born in Kieghley in Yorkshire, England. (8th June 1929 not verified)
Bryan studied the classical piano at an early age and then he moved on to the organ, Bryan's future changed when he came into contact with theatre organist Charles Saxby, who was responsible for encouraging Bryan to consider playing the theatre organ. He made his debut performance at the age of just 10 years of age. He had the rare talent of being comfortable playing either pipe or electronic organ. Bryan's early career was on theatre organ. He was employed to play for the ABC Cinema chain at The Ritz in Hereford and also at The Granada in Clapham, London. It was during this time that he made a number of recordings and broadcasts.
In 1968 Bryan Rodwell took up a position with Hammond UK, where he was demonstrator for many years. He later moved on to be more involved with Hammond managing the quality development department. He made a number of recordings on the Hammond 'Concorde'. As well as Hammond Bryan played many other electronic organs, including Rogers and Orla. He spent the last few years playing Yamaha EL90.
Bryan was a versatile musician who also played for many of the large orchestras of the time, including Mantovani, Geoff Love and Stanley Black
Bryan died in 1995.
Eddie Ruhier b. 5th May 1950
Strunk Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
boogie at the Tuschinski Theatreorgan
Hammond in concert

Hammond and Pipe Organ
PussyFoot Boogie
Hark
Little Donkey
We Three Kings
Organist Eddie Ruhier
Eddie Ruhier
Eddie Ruhier CD sales page
Eddie Ruhier was born in Horncastle, a small market town in Lincolnshire, on Friday 5th May, 1950. His father was Swiss (which accounts for the strange name. His mother worked part-time at the local school.
His mother used to play the piano, and Eddie started in a very informal way when I was about five. He used to like sticking drawing-pins into the hammers of our ancient rosewood upright to make it sound honky-tonk - a practise frowned upon by his mother, who kept taking them out and hiding them. But he bought more. In the end she gave up.
After having piano lessons Eddie got to grade 6 of the RSM exams. Couldn't get any further because he was no good at sight reading. The problem was that he had (and still has) a well-developed gift of being able to play from memory - so he didn't bother to learn to read music very well.
While he was at Grammar school he joined up with a friend who played drums, they did regular gigs in a pub and at a lot of the RAF stations in Lincolnshire. His father bought him a Clavioline, which was a very early synthesizer with valves, and which fitted under the piano keyboard. Used that for ages. Later, his father bought him a small Kimble electronic organ, and he learnt to use pedals for the first time.
One day another schoolmate took him to stay with a friend of his named David Lowe, who was then organist at Bradord Ice Rink, and David invited him to have a go on the Hammond C3 there. It was the very first Hammond he had ever played. Compared to anything he had been used to, it was huge - and quite predictably he made a mess of it. But a director of Mecca who was there at the time seemed impressed, and asked me if he had ever thought of a career playing for ice dancing. He said no! Well, he said, think about it, talk to your parents, and see what they say. He did, and they were happy for him to do whatever he wanted. So, a little later, he moved from rural Lincolnshire to London, and trained at Streatham Ice Rink under the then Musical Director - a man named John Bowery.
Eddie spent a year there - that was in 1966 - at the end of which John told him that Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds rinks didn't have organists, so he could choose whichever one of them he liked, and become Resident Organist there. Eddie didn't know any of the places, so he literally stuck a pin in a piece of paper on which he had written the names of the cities - and fate decided it was to be Birmingham. He took up residency there in 1967, and stayed there - on and off - until 1988.
During that time, though, he had a few leaves of absence - usually to do summer seasons at places like Skegness and Aberystwyth, and to work on the ships. He once played on the Cunard liners Princess, Countess, and QE2 - did a complete World Cruise on QE2 in 1980, at the start of which he blew up the Hammond C3. Well, how was he to know it was a 110-volt organ and the QE2 has a 240-volt supply? To this very day, he can still remember that unique aroma of burning transformer...
He began playing concerts in the late 70s, taking a Hammond L103, which had been split into two for portability, and a Leslie speaker. Since then he haven't stopped. For many years he used a Hammond X5 and an even bigger Leslie, and now he plays a KeyB Duo.

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Lois Sager
Lois Sager organist
Lois Sager

From the Alan Ashton Organ Celebrities video
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Lois Sager was Hammond organist at the Winter Gardens Ballroom and Palm Court, Morecambe for a number of years.

The Stage
04 August 1960
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In 1960 she went to New Zealand for a six month tour.

The Stage
15 September 1960
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In 1964 she was appearing on the North Pier, Blackpool in the Charlie Parsons Show.
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13 August 1964
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In 1980 she was again in Blackpool as part of the Tyrolean Show.

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13 March 1980
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Rhoda Scott b. 3rd Jul 1938
Moanin'
Summertime
The barefoot lady
concert excerpts 2015
Intro and Mercy Mercy Mercy 1975
Fiddler On The Roof
Love For Sale
organist Rhoda Scott
Rhoda Scott
Rhoda Scott Wikipedia page

Rhoda Scott web site
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Rhoda Scott Discogs page
Rhoda Scott was born July 3rd 1938 in New Jersey,
The daughter of an AME minister, Rhoda Scott spent much of her childhood in New Jersey, where she learned to play organ in the churches where her father served. Soon she was frequently serving as organist for youth and gospel choirs at her father's and other churches. Scott later studied classical piano, but she concentrated on the organ, eventually earning a Master's degree in music theory from the Manhattan School of Music.
During this time she was asked by a choir member to fill in with a small band as a jazz pianist. Enjoying the music, she agreed to stay on with the band on condition that she be allowed to play organ instead of piano. Choosing the Hammond organ as her instrument, she soon became a preeminent jazz musician and is considered by many to be the top female jazz organist.
Scott was first attracted to the organ in her father's church at age seven. "It's really the most beautiful instrument in the world," she stated in a recent interview. "The first thing I did was take my shoes off and work the pedals." From then on she always played the organ in her bare feet.
In 1967 Scott moved to France, where she has since spent most of her career and earned recognition far greater than that accorded to her in the United States, though she often performs in the latter country as well.

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Shirley Scott 14th Mar 1934 – 10th Mar 2002
in San Francisco
With Jack McDuff & Duke Jethro
Don't Look Back - 1976
Shirley Scott
Shirley Scott
Shirely Scott Wikipedia page

Shirley Scott Discogs page
Shirley Scott was born on March 14th 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Shirley Scott was an admirer of Jimmy Smith, Jackie Davis, and Bill Doggett. She played piano and trumpet before moving to the Hammond organ, her main instrument, though on occasion she still played piano.
In the 1950s Shirley Scott became known for her work with the saxophone player particularly on the song She was married to and played with him from 1960 to 1969. Later she led her own group, mostly a trio.
In the 1980s, she became a jazz educator and a member of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's jazz community.
Shirley Scott died of heart failure on March 10th 2002.

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Hubert Selby 1911
Hubert Selby organist
Hubert Selby
Hubert Selby Discogs page
Hubert Selby was born in Ipswich, Suffolk in 1911.
He studied piano and music theory with Mrs. Milto Rose and Theatre Organ with Frank Newman.
1931 Toured as guest organist for Gaumont British
1931-1936 Resident organist at County Cinema Sutton and assistant organist at New Victoria Cinema S.W. 1
1936-1937 toured as guest organist for Union Cinemas
1938 Solo organist for Odeon Theatres.
1939 Resident and broadcasting organist for Paramount theatre Manchester.
1940 - 1946 served in the Army broadcast on All India Radio
On Demob took residency at Ritz Cinema Ipswich

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1961 took delivery of a Hammond C3
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Erich Sendel
20 minutes
YouTube Channel link
Mambo No. 5
Wikipedia page

Link to the Discogs page
Erich Sendel was born 14th April 1917 in Katowice, Poland.
He began training as a violinist and pianist, his studies at the conservatory were interrupted by the Second World War.
After the war he moved to Hamburg and started with combo work, arrangements for publishers and own compositions.
In 1956 he began to work with Hammond organ, he made recordings with Philips and Metronome.

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Mike Slater - 2008
in concert on Hammond
Tower Ballroom Blackpool
(Medley)
(Hammond)

Tower Ballroom Blackpool
Around the British Isles
(Medley)
(Hammond)
Mike Slater organist
Mike Slater

The Stage
26 November 1964
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Mike Slater was born 1931 at Clay Cross, near Chesterfield.
Mike began his musical education by having lessons with a local organist, this resulted in him becoming the full time organist at a local Methodist Church.
His 'proper' job was as an apprentice in the print trade, this continued until he was called up for National Service in 1949, serving in Egypt.
On demob he returned to the print trade but soon decided he wanted music to be his career. He purchased a two manual Jennings organ, this lacked the sounds Mike wanted so was replaced by a Rieg. He then embarked o0n a career playing clubs, pubs and hotels.
An early member of the Cinema Organ Society he became Northern Secretary organising concerts in the local area. This gave him access to a number of fine instruments where he honed his skills.
Mike enjoyed quite a long spewll at the Hearth Hotel, Scunthorpe, where he also had a part time job playing for morning Minors Matinees at the Ritz Cinema playing their 3/6 Wurlitzer.
Mike upgraded his organ again, this time to a Hammond C3.
In 1977 the Blackpool Tower changed their organist policy, deciding to use a team of organists, Mike was hired as part of the team and they also hired the C3 as they wanted non-stop dancing and an electric organ was require to provide continuous music.
During the winter when the Tower was closed Mike played the many clubs and societies up and down the country.

Ethel Smith 22nd Nov 1902 – 10th May 1996
Tico Tico From the movie Bathing Beauty
Hammond organ PART 1
Hammond organ PART 2
Bem Te Vi Atrevido
Paran Pan Pin

Ethel Smith
Teddy Bears Picnic
Ethel Smith
plays Jingle Bells
Ethel Smith
Christmas Music 1950 Full Album
Ethel Smith
Ruby
Ethel Smith
First Lady of Hammond Organ
Ethel Smith
A Taste Of Honey
Ethel Smith
Downtown
Ethel Smith
Spanish Flea

Maple Leaf Rag
Steamboat Rag
Carinhoso
Brazil
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
Tico Tico
Ethel Smith
Ethel Smith
Ethal Smith Wilipedia page

Organ 1st page for Etahl Smith
Discogs page for Ethel Smith

Weird Organ Lady or Mondo Organista
Little is known about Ethel Smith's formative years. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although she publicly gave her birth date as November 22, 1910, she was actually born in 1902. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Miss Smith became adept at three of her lifelong passions - music, languages, and golf.
Organ studies began with Dr. Caspar Koch, Organist to the City of Pittsburgh. Ethel Smith also studied German, French, and Spanish at Carnegie Tech.
Two events changed the course of Ethel Smith's career. In 1935 the Hammond Corporation produced its first electric organ. Miss Smith spotted her first Hammond in a Hollywood studio. Soon she was so proficient on the Hammond organ that she was able to pick up gigs in and around Hollywood, and even played on local radio broadcasts. An astute Hammond dealer discovered her and, seeing obvious marketing potential, allowed her to take an instrument to Florida, where she had an engagement accompanying a trio at a small Bavarian restaurant.
The second event also occurred around 1935. On a pleasure trip to Cuba, Miss Smith encountered Latin music on location; she immediately caught the bug and started to make regular trips to the Caribbean and South/Central America.
By 1941, Miss Smith's stock was on the rise as she took over from Eddie Duchin at the infamous Copacabana Casino in Rio de Janeiro. In March 1942, towards the end of her seven-month stint at the Copa, Miss Smith was noticed by an American Tobacco Company executive. ATC was the sponsor of the popular weekly radio show "Your Hit Parade," broadcast from New York City.
Ethel Smith finished her engagement at the St. Regis and began playing for "Your Hit Parade" on February 12, 1943.. In 1944, Ethel Smith appeared with Xavier Cugat and Harry James in the musical numbers for Bathing Beauty, her first feature for MGM In her big scene some of the girls burst into her office. She is seated at the organ. They beg her to play. With dainty grace, wearing an impeccable peacock-blue cocktail dress and adorned with jewels, Miss Smith removes her wire-rimmed spectacles and lets rip with By the Waters of Minnetonka and Tico-Tico
Like many Hollywood stars, Miss Smith did her part to entertain the boys during WWII. She performed "Moonlight Bay" with Bing Crosby on the "Kraft Music Hall" (November 9, 1944), a show distributed to the soldiers through the War Department
At the height of her film career, Miss Smith's personal life took a turn for the worse. Claiming abandonment in 1947, Ethel Smith filed papers to divorce Ralph Bellamy, her husband of merely two years. Bellamy was Miss Smith's second failed marriage; an early marriage to a Mr. Spiro had ended in divorce before 1940.
In later years, Miss Smith continued to perform and play golf. Her company, Ethel Smith Music Corp., which she founded in the mid 1940s, continued to publish highly successful arrangements of popular tunes and instructional books for the Hammond. Although she never remarried and never had children, Miss Smith lived a full life in Manhattan.

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Johnny "Hammond" Smith 16th Dec 1933 - 4th Jun 1997
Breakout (Full Album)
"Gettin' Up" (also released as Ebb Tide)
Soul Talk
LP Wild Horses Rock Steady
Fantasy 1975
20 minutes
YouTube Channel link
Johnny Smith organist
Johnny Smith
Johnny "Hammond" Smith Wikipedia page

John Robert "Johnny Hammond" was born 16th December 1933 in Louisville, Kentucky. Smith was an American soul jazz and hard bop organist, he was a renowned player of the Hammond B-3 organ so earning "Hammond" as a nickname.
Jimmy Smith 8th Dec 19(25-28)– 8th Feb 2005
Midnight Special
Live In '69 Paris
Documentary (Jazz Organ) - 1965
Jimmy Smith Quartet
organist Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith Wikipedia page

Jimmy Smith Discogs page

Article on Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith Biography
James Oscar 'Jimmy' Smith
There is confusion about Jimmy Smith's birth year, with various sources citing either 1925 or 1928. Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. At the age of six he joined his father doing a song-and-dance routine in clubs. When he was nine Smith won a Philadelphia radio talent contest as a boogie-woogie pianist.
After serving in the navy he began furthering his musical education with a year at Royal Hamilton College of Music, then the Leo Ornstein School of Music in Philadelphia in 1949. He began exploring the Hammond organ in 1951. From 1951 to 1954 he played piano, then organ in Philly R&B bands like and the Sonotones. He switched to organ permanently in 1954 after hearing Wild Bill Davis.
Jimmy Smith purchased his first Hammond organ, rented a warehouse to practice in and emerged after little more than a year. Upon hearing him playing in a Philadelphia club, immediately signed him to the label and his second album, The Champ, quickly established Smith as a new star on the jazz scene.
Jimmy Smith signed to the in 1962. His first album, Bashin', sold well and for the first time set Smith with a big band, led by
During the 1950s and 1960s, Smith recorded with some of the great jazz musicians of the day such as , , , and .
The Jimmy Smith Trio performed "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "The Sermon" in the 1964 film Get Yourself a College Girl.
In the 1970s, Smith opened his own supper club in Los Angeles, California, and played there regularly with Kenny Dixon on drums, Herman Riley and John F. Phillips on saxophone
Smith had a career revival in the 1980s and 1990s, again recording for Blue Note and Verve.
His last major album, Dot Com Blues (Verve/Blue Thumb, 2001), featured many special guests such as Dr. John, B. B. King and Etta James.
Smith and his wife Lola moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2004, but Lola died of cancer a few months later.
Smith was found dead on February 8, 2005, at his Scottsdale home by his manager, Robert Clayton. He was deemed to have died in his sleep of natural causes.

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Fela Sowande 29th May 1905 - 13th March 1987
Past, Present and Future
Homage to the life, music and legacy of Fela Sowande

You Are My Lucky Star
organist Fela Sowande
Fela Sowande
The organ works of Fela Sowande
By Godwin Simeon Sadoh
The Stage
Thursday 29 July 2004

Fela Sowande Wikipedia page

Fela Sowande Discogs page
Fela Sowande was born 29th May 1905 in Abeokuta, near Lagos.
As a child he sang in the Choir of the Cathedral Church of Christ. He studied at the C.M.S. Grammar School and at King's College, Lagos.
He came to England in 1934 to study European classical and popular music. In 1936, he was solo pianist in a performance of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. He also played as duo-pianist with Fats Waller, and was theatre organist for the BBC as organist and Choirmaster at Kingsway Hall.
In 1939, he played organ in some recordings by Adelaide Hall and Dame Vera Lynn. Later, he studied organ privately under
Edmund Rubbra Edmund Rubbra
23 May 1901 - 14 Feb 1986
Was a British composer. He composed both instrumental and vocal works for soloists, chamber groups and full choruses and orchestras.
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George Oldroyd George Oldroyd
1887-1956
Was an English organist and composer of Anglican church music. He was organist of St. Alban's Church, Holborn from 1919 to 1920, and then of St Michael's Church, Croydon from 1920 until his death in 1956
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George Cunningham George Dorrington Cunningham
2 Oct 1878 - 4 Aug 1948
Was an important concert organist. Born in London to musical parents, Cunningham studied piano with his mother, subsequently switching to organ at the Guildhall School of Music. Upon graduation he studied with Josiah Booth at Park Chapel, Crouch End, North London. From there he enrolled in the Royal Academy of Music, where he became an FRCO at age eighteen and organist of the Alexandra Palace at twenty-two, in 1901
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and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 1943
From 1945 until 1952, he was organist and choirmaster at the West London Mission of the Methodist Church.
He was a dance pianist, dance band orchestrator, dance band leader and variety artist. He featured a rhythmic style of playing on the Hammond organ, recording several disks for Decca.
He was a regular broadcaster before the war, his signature tune was 'Deep Purple'.
He joined the R.A.F. in 1942, recording several entertainment discs of organ music for Forces overseas. During the war years took his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists.
In 1946 was organist at the Kingsway Hall, London (West London Mission)
A composer of numerous pieces of music. His orchestral works include Six Sketches for Full Orchestra, A Folk Symphony, and African Suite for string orchestra.
Fela Sowandie died 13 March 1987 in Ravenna, Ohio.
Cor Steyn Link to electronic page icon Link to pipe organ page icon ,22nd Dec 1906 - 17th November 1965
Medley - Hammond XE200 Organ

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Cor Steyn organist
Cor Steyn

Cornelis Gerardus Hendricus Steijn was born in Leiden on 22nd December 1906.
Cor Steyn was a musical prodigy, by the age of 12 he had completed stage 5 in both piano and violin. He studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague . In 1920 he accompanied silent films on the piano and he performed for the first time as a concert pianist.
In 1932 he joined the VARA pianist-accordionist. He became nationally known as player of the VARA concert organ. From 1935 he performed as an organist also the musical accompaniment of several artists (including Willy Alberti ) in the Amsterdam City Theater .
Together with Cor Lemaire , he wrote the music for the film in 1939 Rascal . During World War II he worked from 1941 to 1944 for René Slee Wijks Snip and Snap -revue. For Willy Walden he wrote the music for the song If the Leidseplein the lights again to burn, which was seen as a disguised protest song, although the text was written by Jacques van Tol .
After the liberation Cor Steyn worked much on foreign radio stations, which he gained international fame. In 1949 he was permanently employed by the VARA, initially as an employee of the propaganda and program service exclusively as caretaker of broadcasts from 1950. He was the leader of the rhythmic String Ensemble and the Seven Man and girl. On October 23, 1951 he made his first television appearance as a pianist in the show program of Cees de Lange . From 1955 he worked with Tom Dorus Manders , first on radio and television, and later in the theatre, including the program Showboat .
After his work with Dorus he received a number of its own programs and he was one of the most famous players of the Magic Organ or Keizerswaard organ , designed and built by the electrician, Jaap Keizerswaard .
On November 17th 1965 he died of a heart attack in Hilversum.

Extract:- Cor Steyn Wikipedia page
The Three Suns
Beyond the Blue Horizon
Stumbling / Bye Bye Blues
Caravan (1944)

Having A Ball With The Three Suns full LP
The Three Suns Midnight for Two (1957) Full LP
The Three Suns On a magic carpet (1960) Full LP
Three Suns - One Enchanted Evening Album
The Three Suns - Warm and tender (1962) vinyl LP
Unchained Melody
Blue Bells Of Scotland
The Poor People Of Paris
Starlight Lullaby
Perdido
The Three Suns
The Three Suns
three suns wikipedia page

Alan Ashton Organ Celebrities page
The group 'The Three Suns' was formed in 1939 by brothers Al Nevins (guitar) and Morty Nevins (accordion) and their cousin, radio and vaudeville veteran Artie Dunn (vocals, electronic organ). They became a popular nightclub attraction; during a New York engagement in 1944, they were signed to appear in short musical films for the Soundies movie jukeboxes. They performed nine songs for the cameras.
In 1944, The Three Suns scored their first hit record, "Twilight Time"; their version was strictly instrumental and sold over four million copies and was awarded a gold record. This was followed by "Peg o' My Heart", which was one of the best-selling records of 1947 in the United States.
During the 1950s the group continued to play "live" dates with the same personnel, but their recording sessions would often have studio musicians substituting for one or another, because keyboardist Artie Dunn did not read music and guitarist Al Nevins became more interested in the production end of the recording business. The group's popularity waned as rock and roll became popular, but the group reinvented itself by using its RCA Victor recording sessions as an audio laboratory, employing additional instruments and novel stereophonic effects. These new arrangements became popular among fans of lounge music and exotica.

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Ashley Tappen
The man who never was
Ashley Tappen
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Alan Ashton slide show on Ashley Tappen
Ashley Tappen released 12 albums totaling 90 tracks during the 60s.
The recordings were said to be enhanced by the acoustics of the venue, Picadilly Gardens, London. The venue never existed.
The organ is listed as being a Hammond along with a stage piano and vibra marimba.
Their are no photos of Ashley Tappen, this is because Ashley Tappen never existed.
Ashley Tappen was in fact the famous American organist Eddie Layton. Layton was under contract to Mercury Records.
A fictitious name and location allowed Eddie to record for another rival label, Somerset.

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Werner Twardy 28th Dec 1926 - 16th Jan 1977
Werner did not release organ music under his own name but used T.W. Ardy. Here are a couple of tracks of the Werner Twardy and his orchestra. Old Man Moses
Brazil,Amor,amor,El Cumbanchero Piano
Werner Twardy
Werner Twardy
T.W Ardy Discogs page
Werner Twardy was born on the 28th December 1926 in Oberhausen. He studied harmony and composition at the Folkwang School in Essen and initially worked as a jazz pianist , especially in American officer casinos. During his career he worked with numerous bands as a pianist and arranger. He worked with many top names in the Jazz scene. From 1958 Werner Twardy worked predominantly as a composer. Under the pseudonym of TW Ardy he recorded on the Hammond organ. Werner Twardy died on the 16th January 1977 in Kleineichen in Cologne at the age of 50 of liver failure.
Other Aliases: Daddy Monrou, T.W. Ardy
Paul Wagnberg 25th Apr 1961 -
On Hammond B3
promo video - Merit Hemmingson and Paul Wagnberg
The Preacher - Hammond M111
Back on track
Cuba Libre
Hammond B3 medley
Paul Wagnberg organist
Paul Wagnberg
Paul Wagnberg Wikipedia page

Paul Wagnberg web site
Paul (Palle) Wagnberg was born 25th April 1961 in Norrköping, Sweden.
Since 1985 he has been playing professionally with his Hammond B3 organ. He is in particular known for his footwork on the bass pedals.
He is known for his collaborations within the Swedish-Norwegian jazz quartet The Real Thing, comprising Wagnberg (Hammond B3 organ), Staffan William-Olsson (guitar), Børre Dalhaug (drums) and the late Sigurd Køhn (saxophone).
With his own trio Wagnberg has released three albums, Eat Meat (1999) with Torstein Ellingsen (drums) and Randy Johnston (guitar), Gone Fishing (2001) with Torstein Ellingsen (drums) and Frode Kjekstad (guitar) and Catch 22 (2007) with Erik In 2009 he contributed organ on Stina Stenerud's album Kissing Fools with Hildegunn Øiseth on trumpet. Apart from his own 'Organ Unit', Wagnberg is organist in the tribute band 'Santana The Experience' from Stockholm.

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Cherry Wainer 2nd Mar 1935 – 14th Nov 2014
Cherry Wainer You Tube Playlist
in Action
Take Five
Last Night
Green Onions
Night Train
Got My Mojo Working
Organ Grinder's Swing Melody

It's Hammond Time! - Side A
It's Hammond Time - Side B
South of the Border
organist Cherry Wainer
Cherry Wainer
Chery Wainer Wikipedia page

Daily Telegraph obituary

Cherry Wainer Discogs page
Cherry Wainer was born March 2nd 1935 in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Cherry was best known as a member of Lord Rockingham's XI and a soloist on the Hammond organ.
A piano player since childhood, she was later influenced by Jimmy Smith to learn jazz keyboard. She first became known to UK television audiences as a regular in the 1950s magazine programme Lunchbox, with Noele Gordon.
Cherry subsequently featured as a session musician in Oh, Boy! one of the first British series to feature rock'n'roll regularly, with Lord Rockingham's XI, a band led by Harry Robinson. Their single, 'Hoots Mon', was number one in the UK charts in 1958. Along with the band.
Cherry Wainer played in the 1959 Royal Variety Performance.
In 1960 she appeared as herself in the musical "Girls of the Latin Quarter"
Cherry Wainer married drummer Don Storer with whom she appeared regularly as a duo during the 1960s. They appeared regularly in a German television series, Beat! Beat!
Cherry Wainer died in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 14, 2014, aged 79.

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Walter Wanderley 12th May 1932 – 4th Sep 1986
Summer Samba (So Nice)
The World of Walter Wanderley - Full Album
Batucada [Full Album]
When It Was Done (1968) FULL ALBUM
LP O Samba é Mais Samba - Full Album
Samba É Samba
Astronaut
Hammond organist Walter Wanderley
Walter Wanderley
Walter Wanderley Wikipedia page

Walter Wanderley Discogs page
Walter Jose Wanderley Mendonça was born 12th May 1932 in Recife, Brazil. Already famous in his native country by the late 1950s, he became an internationally renowned star in the mid-1960s through his collaboration with the singer Astrud Gilberto. He recorded six albums on the Verve label between 1966 and 1968. Three of those albums, Rain Forest, Cheganca and Astrud Gilberto's A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness, were with a trio consisting of Wanderley, Claudio Slon (drums) and Jose Marino (bass) and were produced in the United States by Creed Taylor, who initially brought the trio to the U.S. to record at the persuasion of Tony Bennett.
Wanderley's U.S. recording of Summer Samba reached No. 26 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1966.
After the trio disbanded Wanderley himself continued to record albums on Verve, A&M/CTI, and GNP Crescendo. During that time, he also made numerous personal appearances, including a concert tour of Mexico.
Walter Wanderley was known for his distinctive staccato stuttering style and mastery of the Hammond B-3 organ and on later recordings and during live concerts a L Series Hammond.
Walter Wanderley died in relative obscurity of cancer 4th September 1986 in San Francisco.

Extract:- Walter Wanderley Wikipedia page.
Chris Waxman
pseudonym of Klaus Wunderlich
Mas que nada
Born Free
Lara's theme
Up Up and Away
Strangers in the night
Love is blue
Chris Waman Discogs page
Otto Weiss
The Charleston
Baby come on
Jungle Fantasy
20 minutes
YouTube Channel link
Herb Wonder
Hammond Goes Latin
Cuban-Fox-Medley:
La Bamba
Watermelon Man
America
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Larry Young 7th Oct 1940 - 30th Mar 1978
Heaven On Earth
The Hereafter
Call Me
Plaza De Toros
Paris Eyes
Tyrone
Of Love And Peace
Lawrence Of Newark
Fuel
Organist Larry Young
Larry Young
Larry Young Wikipedia page
Larry Young Discogs page
Larry Young was born Khalid Yasin [Abdul Aziz] on the 7th October 1940, in Newark, New Jersey.
Larry Young played with various R&B bands in the 1950s before gaining jazz experience. Recording as a leader for Prestige from 1960, Larry Young made a number of soul jazz discs, Testifying, Young Blues and Groove Street. When Young went to Blue Note in 1964, his music began to show the marked influence of John Coltrane. In this period he produced his most enduring work.
He recorded many times as part of a trio with guitarist Grant Green and drummer Elvin Jones; most of these albums were released under Green's name, though Into became Young's Blue Note debut. Unity, recorded in 1965, remains his best-known album. Subsequent albums for Blue Note also drew on elements of the '60s avant-garde and utilised local musicians from Young's hometown of Newark.
Larry Youngs characteristic sound involved management of the stops on the Hammond organ, producing overtone series that caused an ethereal, drifting effect; a sound that is simultaneously lead and background.
In March 1978 he checked into the hospital for stomach pains. He died there on March 30, 1978, while being treated for what is said to be pneumonia. However, the actual cause of his death is unclear.

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Jaap Zeeland
Jaap Zeeland plays Hammond Organ
Memories Are Made Of This - Freight Train - I want To Be Happy
Three O'clock In The Morning - The Anniversary Song - Wonderful Copenhagen
Almost There - Serenenade To Eilene - Tonight
Blueberry Hill - When You And I Were Young Maggie - Around The World
Let The Rest Of The World Go By - Poem - Hi Lilli Hi Lo
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