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T.W. Ardy 28th Dec 1926 - 16th Jan 1977
Werner Twardy recordings
Organist Werner Twardy
T.W. Ardy was an alias for Werner Twardy.
Hitoshi 'Toshi' Asano 1947
Begin The Beguine - Hammond X-77GT
Any Time
Meditation - Hammond L-100
The Song Is You - Hammond XK3-c
It's A Sin To Tell A lie
with Guest Guitar
I can't give you anything but love
Hitoshi 'Toshi' Asano organist
Hitoshi 'Toshi' Asano was born in Ginza, Tokyo in 1947 as the son of a medical doctor. His grandfather was also a medical doctor of St. Luke's International Hospital, a familiar place for Toshi from his youth.
He was very impressed by the sound of the Hammond organ in the chapel of the hospital.
Toshi studied playing technique of the Hammond organ by himself and started his performance when he was a student of Keio University.
He has played in Japan and abroad on numerous occasions.
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Brian Auger
Namm Show 2011
Organist Brian Auger
Brian Albert Gordon Auger was born 18th July 1939 in Hammersmith London.
A jazz pianist, bandleader, session musician and Hammond B3 player, Auger has played or toured with many of the top artists. In 1965 Auger formed the group The Steampacket, along with Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, Vic Briggs and Rod Stewart. Due to contractual problems there were no official recordings made by the band; nevertheless, nine tracks were laid down for promotional use in late 1965 and enclosed on a cd by Repertoire as well as 12 live tracks from "Live at the Birmingham Town Hall, February 2, 1964. In 1965, Auger played on For Your Love by The Yardbirds.
With Driscoll and the band, Trinity, he went on to record several hit singles, notably a cover version of David Ackles' "Road to Cairo" and Bob Dylan's "This Wheel's on Fire. In 1969 Auger, Driscoll and Trinity appeared performing in the United States on the nationally telecast NBC television network special 33? Revolutions Per Monkee.
In 1970 he formed Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, shortly after abandoning the abortive "Wassenaar Arrangement" jazz-fusion commune in a small suburb of The Hague. Oblivion Express served to cultivate several musicians.
In 1989, Auger was musical director for the thirteen-part film retrospective series Villa Fantastica, made for German TV.
In 2012, Auger released one of the few solo albums of his career, Language of the Heart.
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Ena Baga 5th Jan 1906 – 15th Jul 2004
Ena Baga Hammond organist
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The Stage
01 April 1976
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Ena Rosina Baga was born in Clerkenwell London on January 5th 1906, her father, Constantine, was Italian and her mother, Charlotte, was Irish. Her father conducted a cinema orchestra at the Angel, Islington.
The family moved to Southend on Sea for the good of Ena's health.
Aged 12 she became the organist at the Roman Catholic church.
Ena Baga had three sisters, all musical - two of them, Florence (De Jong) and Celeste, became cinema organists, the fourth sister, Beatrice, played violin and saxophone.
When the sisters played together they formed an ensemble called Bagatrix.
Between 1925 and 1928 Ena played for silent movies, with the 'talkies' not requiring an organist Ena Baga changed direction to entertainer.
From 1940 to 1945 Ena Baga replaced Reginald Dixon at the Tower Ballroom while he completed his 'National Service'.
With many cinemas, including their organs, destroyed during the war and 'Talkies' taking over Ena changed direction again and embraced the new electronic 'Hammond' organ. Changing her repertoire to match the modern technology.
She spent two years in South Africa and Rhodesia touring extensively. She then spent time on the Queen Mary finally returning to the UK where she was invited to tour Britain for Hammond Organs giving demonstrations and recitals.
She then moved on to teaching at Chiswick Hammond Organ Studios.
Ena Baga Married Elliot Turnbull in 1929 and Thomas J Hamilton Brown in 1936.
Ena Baga died 15th July 2004.
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Lou Bennett 18th May 1926 - 10th Feb 1997
Performance (1966)
Hi Fly
Hit the Road Jack
Organist Lou Bennet
Jean-Louis Benoît (Lou Bennet) was born on May 18th, 1926 in Philadelphia. Lou started his musical profession as a bop pianist in Baltimore in 1947. By 1956, under the influence of Wild Bill Davis and Jimmy Smith, he had begun to play organ instead. Lou toured the East and Midwest with his bop organ trio from 1957 to 1959, becoming a solid player in the late '50s.
The following year he moved to Paris, where he played at the 'Blue Note' with Jimmy Gourley and Kenny Clarke. Bennett has toured and performed at many European Jazz festivals and in films, but has made only one appearance in the USA - at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1964.
He worked extensively in Spain, performing at clubs and festivals, and composed several soundtracks for films. Lou also appeared as an actor in three movies. His last album 'Now Hear My Meaning' was recorded in 1992.
Lou Bennet passed away February 10, 1997 in a hospital outside of Paris.
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Pat Bianchi Facebook link logo Twitter link logo Youtube link logo Instagram link logo
The BE3 Trio
Live Concert
introduction to jazz
Roots Interchange
My Shining Hour
Key B Live
Organist Pat Bianchi Wensite link icon
Pat Bianchi began playing organ at the age of 7. Unlike many organists of today, piano was not his first instrument. He would spend many hours at a Farfisa Compact Duo organ that was given to him as a Christmas gift. His grandfathers along with his father, all working musicians, provided a great deal of support and guidance early in his musical development. Recognizing Pat's continuing affinity for music, his parents enrolled him in classical piano study. While still maintaining a strong interest in organ, he was playing some of his first professional gigs by the age of 11.
Upon graduating high school, Bianchi continued his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Piano Performance. Shortly after graduating cum laude, Bianchi secured the position as the house pianist at the famous El Chapultepec club in Denver, CO. The Pec often brought in guest artists giving Pat a chance to play with some of the best. After being at the Pec for 6 nights a week for almost 3 years, Pat became an important fixture on the Denver Jazz Scene.
Pat Bianchi decided to move on from his gig at the The Pec and focus solely on organ. A brief stint in NYC would soon follow and Bianchi quickly established himself on the competitive New York scene.
Bianchi joined the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder Jazz Studies Program teaching piano, theory and ensembles to undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.
Pat Bianchi returned to New York City in June of 2008. He officially joined Lou Donaldson's quartet in 2009 performing with Lou for almost a year and a half before joining Pat Martino's working trio in 2011.
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George Blackmore Link to pipe organ page icon Died 24th Feb 1994
George Blackmore on Hammond
Organist George Blackmore
George Blackmore was born in 1921 in Rochester, Kent. He commenced his musical studies as a chorister, attending the Cathedral Choir School. At the age of 12 he became the youngest ever to win the organ scholarship at King's School, Rochester. George developed an interest in the theatre organ and after playing the Compton at the Palace, Chatham he began occasional deputy work at the Compton in the Majestic, Rochester where he finally became organist in 1939 and made his first broadcast in 1941.
In 1946 he took up the post of organist at the Gaumont, Birmingham. However, the Rank Organisation who now ran Gaumont and Odeon theatres began to make cuts in the numbers of circuit organists and in February 1950 George found himself out of a job. George spent seven years in Aberdeen as organist at the Astoria and the Capitol, broadcasting frequently and also acting as Musical Director for Donalds' other live entertainments He also held the post of organist at St John's Episcopal Church.
Finally in 1957, concerned at the general downturn in cinema-going, George left to become editor and arranger at Bosworth's.
Soon he returned to full-time organ playing, initially as demonstrator for manufacturers of electronic instruments and then as one of Britains' foremost freelance performers on both pipes and electronics, his concert tours taking him to the USA and Australia
His death in 1994 robbed the organ world of one of its most popular and talented figures.
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André Brasseur b. 11th Dec 1939
Big Fat spiritual & studio 17
Early Bird Satellite
Mad Train (1966)

Organist André Brasseur

André Brasseur was born in 1939 in Ham-sur-Sambre, Belgium.
From 1962 to 1967 André Brasseur played mainly blues and jazz in the Brussels bars near the Ancienne Belgique in exchange for a meal. In 1964 he performed with his orchestra in the prestigious Hotel Metropole. There he was noticed by a talent scout and record boss Roland Kluger offered him a contract right away.
The first single, Hold Up / Far West was a flop, but the next release, Special 230, with the b-side organ number Earlybird Satellite was a hit. The single, soon shortened to "Early Bird" and named after the first telecommunications satellite Intelsat I, sold more than six million copies and became an international hit. The third single, Atlantide / Studio 17 reached 16th in the Belgian charts in 1965. It would be the last Brasseur number which was noted in the Belgian charts.
From then on the André Brasseur tunes were picked up by radio and television producers in Western Europe, which they use as a jingle or generic for their program. Especially the DJs of the 60s and 70s. The very popular Dutch, English and Flemish pirate stations took full advantage of the familiar melodies as jingles for their promotional spots.
In 1967 André Brasseur used the proceeds from the copyright to open a disco 'Pow Pow' in Marche-en-Famenne and two years later dancing 'La Locomotiv' in Barbençon .
In the seventies, André Brasseur was a long-time member of the Blue Workshop , providing the backing to Roland Van Campenhout , and he toured with the Far East . In 1990, Brasseur served as a studio musician for Vaya Con Dios . He played keyboards on the hit single What's a Woman , Nah Neh Nah and Heading for a Fall.
Milt Buckner 10th Jul 1915 - 27th Jul 1977
Midnight Mood
Please, Mr Organ Player
why don't you do right
Milt Buckner at the organ the beast
Organist Milt Buckner

Milton Brent Buckner was born 10th July 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents encouraged him to learn to play piano, they both died when he was nine years old. Milt and his younger brother were sent to Detroit where they were adopted by members of the Earl Walton band. Buckner studied piano for three years from the age 10, then at 15 began writing arrangements for the band, he and his brother going on to become active in the Detroit jazz world in the 1930s.
Buckner first played in Detroit with the McKinney Cotton Pickers and then with Cab Calloway. In 1941 he joined Lionel Hampton's big band, and for the next seven years served as its pianist and staff arranger. He led a short-lived big band of his own for two years, but then returned to Hampton's in 1950. In 1952 he formed his own trio, and pioneered the use of the electric Hammond organ. He pioneered the parallel chords style that influenced Red Garland, George Shearing et al. He often played in Europe in the late 1960s. His last studio session took place in Paris on 4 July 1977.
Milt Buckner died 27th July 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 62.
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Doreen ChadwickLink to pipe organ page icon 1919 - 26th June 2014
Hammond Medley Organist Doreen Chadwick
Originally from South Wales, Doreen Chadwick lived in Manchester for many years and was well known for her time playing and broadcasting the Wurlitzer organ at the Gaumont in Manchester.
Doreen was one of the few lady Granada Theatres organists before WWII, and had a very long and successful career playing the Theatre and Electronic organ all over the country.(as well as running a pub in-between!)
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Buddy Cole Link to pipe organ page icon 15th Dec 1916 – 5th Nov 1964
It Had To Be You- Bing Crosby and Buddy Cole

Buddy Cole plays Hammond
Ingenuity In Sound Full LP
Memories of You
That Old Black Magic
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
La Rosita
The Peanut Vendor
The Moon Was Yellow
Cheek to Cheek
Hernando's Hideaway
Old Devil Moon
Organist Buddy Cole

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Edwin LeMar Cole, known as Buddy Cole was a jazz pianist and orchestra leader.
Buddy Cole was born in Irving, Illinois, and started his musical career in the theater playing between movies.
He moved to Hollywood and played with a couple of bands, including the Alvino Rey big band, before becoming a studio musician.
He played piano for Bing Crosby and toured with Rosemary Clooney.
Although primarily known as a pianist, he had an abiding love for the organ, both Hammond and theatre organ. He worked extensively with Henry Mancini, who used his distinctive Hammond organ sound for the sound track to the TV series "Mr. Lucky". He also recorded several albums for Warner Brothers records on piano, Hammond organ and theatre pipe organ.
He married Yvonne King, member of the King Sisters, They had two daughters, actress Tina Cole and Cathy Cole Green.
He later married Clare Cole.
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Ray Colignon 7th Feb 1907 - 10th Feb 1987
Dance with me #1
Heart of My Heart
You, You, You
Gotta Go To The Fais Dodo
Answer Me
Your Heart, My Heart
Naci para bailar.
Dance with me #2
Seriez-vous un ange?
Le Grisbi
The Little Shoemaker
Y'en a, y'en a pas
Dance with me #3
Tea for Two
Penny Serenade
Shadow Waltz
Umbrella Man
Many Times
The Breeze And I
Dance with me #4
La Cumparsita
Kiss Me Another
Fiesta del Tabaco
Ray Colignon organist
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Link to the Ray Colignon Wikipedia page
Ray Colignon was born 7th February 1907 in Liège, Belgium. Ray started his musical career playing in cinemas and music halls. In 1928 he performed in Switzerland and in 1929 France.
In 1930 he toured Algeria and also worked in Paris.
From 1931 to 1934 he whas pianist, organist, and arranger at a nightclub in Liège.
Between 1935 and 1940 Colignon played with
Fud Candrix'sAlfons 'Fud' Candrix
1908 - 12 April 1974
Was a Belgian jazz musician, arranger and bandleader. He was one of the best-known Belgian musicians and pre-war band leaders.
orchestra, often as a principal soloist. He was also musical arranger for the orchestra.
Ray also played with other bands, notably Jack Lowens,
Kurt WidmannKurt "Kutte" Widmann
March 2, 1906 -
was a German jazz musician and orchestra conductor.
Adolf Steimel Adolf Steimel
October 12, 1907
He was popular in the swing and dance music during the Second World War, and in the post - war period he worked mainly as a film composer .

In the post-war period, he worked mainly as a dance organist
Ray Colignon died 10th February 1987 in Wavre, Belgium.
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Jesse CrawfordLink to pipe organ page icon 2nd Dec 1895 – 28th May 1962
Pathe logoFilmed on his first visit to England
Jesse and Helen Crawford
Organist Jesse Crawford

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Jesse Crawford was born December 2, 1895 his father died when he was one year old, leaving an impoverished wife and mother, she placed the baby in an orphanage asylum near Woodland, California. Jesse Crawford taught himself music there. By age nine, he was playing a cornet in the orphanage band. At age 14 he left the orphanage to play piano in a small dance band, and then took a job playing piano in a ten-cent-admission silent film house.
His early theatre organ experience was at Washington's Spokane Gem Theater in 1911 and at the Clemmer-owned Casino He next played briefly at theatres in Billings, Montana, Spokane, Washington and Seattle. When he met Oliver Wallace.
In the 1920s Crawford began forming a fan base and was dubbed the 'Poet of the Organ' for his style of playing ballads in Chicago. In 1921, he was employed by the Balaban and Katz theatre chain playing its 29-rank Wurlitzer in the Chicago Theatre.
From 1926 to 1933, he performed at New York City's Paramount Theater, with his wife Helen Anderson playing a twin organ console. They met in 1923, and married in 1924.
After some recordings for the small local Autograph Records label, Crawford made a series of gramophone records for the Victor Records label which proved very popular with record buyers.
With the end of the silent film era, work for theatre organists in movie houses dried up. Crawford played a Kilgen organ at Chicago's Century of Progress World's Fair in 1934, and in 1936 he got a job as staff organist in NBC Radio studios in Chicago.
In the 1930s, Crawford switched to the Hammond organ, and began playing engagements across the United States. Between 1937 and 1940, he appeared with his wife Helen in several Vitaphone short films released by Warner Brothers
Jesse Crawford died May 28th 1962.
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Jackie Davis 13th Dec 1920 – 2nd Nov 1999
in Denver
Oscar Peterson and Jackie Davis 1 of 4
Oscar Peterson and Jackie Davis 2 of 4
Oscar Peterson and Jackie Davis 3 of 4
Oscar Peterson and Jackie Davis 4 of 4
Organist 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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Brian Dee

Hammond Organist Brian Dee
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
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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Hammond Organist 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 Facebook link logo Twitter link logo
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 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 Facebook link logo
Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2
Organ Summit
Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts Festival Jam

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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
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 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 YouTube Link logo
Double Hammond Explosion
The Old Country
Joe Dinkelbach Trio, Three Colors
Organist 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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Ronald van Driel
Easy, Still Blue
Song for Klaus
Luny Tune
Organist Ronald van Driel
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
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
Photo origin:- The Portsmouth Music Scene
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 HOCH logo
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

Organist 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 Facebook link logo
Prague 1967- Petrof Organ
Georgie Fame reminisces with Jamie Cullum
Yeh Yeh!

Organist Georgie Fame

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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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 Facebook link logo
Harp And Soul
Killing Hammond organ solo
Children Of The Dark
Soul live at Tivoli de Helling
Organist Sven Figee Web site link icon

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 Facebook link logo
Organ Solo's from Biscuit & Blues

Mike Finnigan
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 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.
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The Grinning Song
@ The Village Vanguard
Subtle Digs
As One
Jazz Club Hannover
School Song Piano
Blueberry Hill Piano
Organist Larry Goldings Web site link icon
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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Gerhard GregorLink to pipe organ page icon 17th Sep 1906 - 28th Oct 1981
Gerhard Gregor organist
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
You Can't Be True Dear
Cuckoo Waltz
Album Brilliantes
Album Solo Organ
Roll Out The Barrel
Till I Waltz Again With You
Skaters Waltz
I Need You Nou
Scatte Brain
At The Organ EP Medley
Monday night Organ Music
Cruising down the river (1956) Full LP
You Can't Be True, Dear
Wurlitzer electrostatic reed organ
Melody of Love
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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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Porter Heaps 1906 - 3rd May 1999
Porter Heaps organist
Sometimes called 'Mr. Hammond Organ,' Porter W. 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 Marcel Dupre.
On June 23, 1935, Mr. Heaps made history in the first public performance of a Hammond organ.
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Merit Hemmingson
Jämtländsk Brudmarsch (live 2015)
celebrates Jan Johansson
Swedish Folksong from Jämtland
promo video - Merit Hemmingson and Paul Wagnberg
Merit Hemmingson organist

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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
Organist Milt Herth
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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
Organist Mike Hill
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
Organist Danny Hodgson
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
Organist Richard 'Groove' Holmes
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
Night and Day
People will say we're in love
Hello Dolly
The Sound of Music
Spanish Eyes
Strangers in the Night
Schön war die Zeit mit dir
Gute Nacht
Lara's Theme

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Zygmunt Jankowski

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

Hammond Pop Party
side 2
    Track list
  • Ballad of John and Yoko
  • Je T'aime
  • Venus
  • Raindrops Keep Fallin' on my Head
  • Yesterme Yesteryou Yesterday
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Booker T. Jones b. 12th Nov 1944 Instagram link logo
Green Onions
Time Is Tight
Melting Pot
Born Under a Bad Sign
Never Found a Girl

Organist Booker T. Jones Web site link icon
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
Organist Bob Kames

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

Hammond a gogo vol 2 full LP

Hammond a gogo vol 3 full LP

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
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 McGregor
pseudonym of Gerhard Gregor
Denny McLain
Ed Sullivan Show of October 13, 1968

Denny McLain organist
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Dennis Dale 'Denny' McLain was born March 29th 1944 in Markham, Illinois and attended Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago.
His career as a baseball pitcher is well documented, along with his dabbling in drugs and other occupations that led to him spending time in prison. That he was also a talented organist is less well known.
To be America's No. 1 professional athlete is an honour that comes to few. To be a professional organist is also reserved for a handful. To be both America's No. 1 professional athlete and a professional organist happens but once a century.
At 24, Denny released his first record album 'Denny McLain at the Organ.' He also became the first major league pitcher to win 30 games since 1934.
Denny often said that 'writers never pay much attention to my musical ability because they just think I bat out a few tunes when the urge hits. But it goes much deeper than that and if the money situation was equal, I'd have a difficult time choosing between baseball and music.'
Denny McLain Started Playing At Eight 'You might even say music is my first love,' Denny noted. His father was a professional organist in the Chicago clubs; nothing really big but he was tops in Denny McLain's eyes.
When Denny married Sharyn Boudreau, daughter of the famous baseball player and manager, the first piece of furniture in their home was a Hammond A-100.
Denny played Organ on National Television While in New York, he also appeared on a 20minute segment of the NBC-TV network TODAY show playing the Hammond X-77.
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Stef Meeder b. 12th April 1935
'My Sweet Gipsy Rose' medley
Across The Ally From The Alamo
September In The Rain

HOCH Steff Meeder

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Stef Meeder was born in Schiedam on April 12th 1935.
His father was a house painter and pianist. At the age of four Steff started to take an interest in playing the piano, his father gave him lessons.
At the age of fourteen Stef Meeder had his first band: the KAJ band. KAJ stands for Catholic Workers Youth. KAJ The band played a lot in the location where the KAJ was established. The chaplain who accompanied Kajotters thought Stef could play the organ. He was right and Stef spent six years as church organist.
Stef and his band continued to perform until he was called up for military service at the age of twenty. He formed a dance orchestra: the Wittenberg Band, named after the place where Stef was stationed.
On completion of his military service Stef Meeder went to work as a salesman / demonstrator at Johan de Heer. There he saw Hammond organs and other brands, Stef had to demonstrate these instruments when trying to sell them. His interest in the Hammond sound grew quickly. Soon he was demonstrating at fairs and exhibitions inside and outside. Stef found the place where you could demonstrate with the most success was in the cinema.
At the age of 29 Stef decided to be his own boss. He started his first business in Schiedam, his birthplace. He realized that he could sell organs he also gave a guarantee in that people could actually learn to play them. Stef developed an organ course on cassette. This was soon expanded with courses for guitar, keyboard, percussion, piano, flute and bass. In 1982 Phonogram awarded Stef a gold tape for selling more than 250,000 copies of these courses.
Stef received an invitation from the Holland America line to become one of its cruise line entertainers. It was a great success, he spent ten years cruising the world.
Stef also produced the Super Song Series. He identified a market for sheet music with songs from the current charts written for the organ. Stef sold this business in 1998, but the Super Song Series is still published under the name Stef Meeder.
Extract and translation from an article on Stef Meeder by Hammond Organ Club Holland
Jean Musy 18th Dec 1947 -
Plays Ray Charles
Jean Musy
Jean Musy was born December 18th 1947, Levallois-Perret, Île-de-France, France.
Jean Musy comes from a modest family, his father was a printer. He and his family lived in an HLM building in Levallois-Perret.
As a teenager, he discovered the Hammond organ and jazz. From the age of 14, he joined groups of musicians with whom he gave his first concerts in Paris in jazz clubs. At 16, he meets Mickey Baker, American guitarist, studio musician and arranger for Johnny Hallyday, which leads him to become the accompanist of Nino Ferrer. For one year he toured with him and recorded the album "I Would Be Black" in a studio in Dijon.
Thanks to Mickey's relationship, Jean Musy is introduced to Joe Dassin. In 1968, Johnny Arthey, the English arranger of Joe Dassin, fell ill. Joe Dassin then asks Jean Musy to write the arrangement of a song that he must record 48 hours later: Les Champs Élysées.
Jean Musy is the husband of the singer Claire d'Asta.
In 2016, he received the Grand Prix SACEM of the music for the image for the whole of his work.
Extract Jean Musy Wikipedia page
Korla Pandit 16th Sep 1921- 2nd Oct 1998

Song of India
Chiu chiu
La Cumparsita
Pelone Telefone
The Godfather of Exotica

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Korla Pandit was born John Roland Redd in 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri, to an African-American family. Pandit's father was Ernest Redd, an African-American man and a Baptist pastor, and his mother was Doshia O'Nina Redd, of French and African blood. Pandit had two brothers and four sisters, all light-skinned like him. He attended a segregated school and learned to play piano. A contemporary of his, jazz pianist "Sir" Charles Thompson, knew him during that time; he said that John Roland Redd was the better piano player.
During the mid-1940s, as Juan Rolando, he played the organ on the Los Angeles radio station KMPC, and he performed in various supper clubs and lounges. He was also heard on the Rudy Vallée Show and Jubilee, the program of black jazz and swing bands transcribed by the Special Services of the War Department for airing to WWII servicemen overseas.
In 1944, he married Disney artist Beryl June DeBeeson, and the two reinvented his image, eventually replacing "Juan Rolando" with "Korla Pandit" and fabricating a romantic history for him as a baby born in New Delhi, India to a Brahmin priest and a French opera singer, who travelled from India via England, finally arriving in the United States
Extract from the Korla Pandit Wikipedia page
Johnny Patrick
Johnny Patrick was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. He is known for his work on Bullseye , All Star Comedy Carnival, The Golden Shot and New Faces.
A renowned Jazz keyboardist, band leader, musical director, and composer. He was Head of Music for Central Television from 1983-1994.
Andre Penazzi
Andre Penazzi organist
Andre Penazzi Filho is a native of Rio Claro Brazil. When he was barely out of his teens he settled in Sao Paulo, where he did the rounds of the night clubs as a pianist. After being heard in numerous nightspots he became staff pianist with Radio Banderantes. This was followed by a move to Radio Tupi. After a few years he returned to playing the nightclub circuit.
In 1948 he opened the Oasis Night Club. Two years later he returned to the roof of A Gazete and began his career as an organist.
Extract:- Organ Jazz, Samba Percussion
Harold RamsayLink to pipe organ page icon Aug 1901 - 29th Jan 1976
Sleepy Lagoon (1942) Pathe News
Harold Ramsay organist
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.
Extract:- The Canadian Encyclopedia
Aarno Raninen 27th Apr 1944 – 3rd Sep 2014
Organist Aarno Raninen
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.
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Latin-American style favourites
More & Begin the Beguine
House of the Rising Sun
Silver Bells
Peg O my Heart
St. Louis Blues
Organist 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
Unchained Melody
Cherry Pink & Apple-blossom White
Stranger In Paradise
Softly, Softly
Organist Robin Richmond

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.
Extract from Robin Richmond obituary
Bryan Rodwell
Hammond T500 Part 1
Hammond T500 Part 2
Hammond T500 Part 3
Hammond T500 Part 4
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
Music by Carlo Alberto Rossi

performing his famous musical comedy routine - NOLA
Organist Bryan Rodwell

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

Organist Eddie Ruhier
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.
Extract from Eddie Ruhier web site biography
Lois Sager
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.
The Stage
13 August 1964
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In 1980 she was again in Blackpool as part of the Tyrolean Show.
The Stage
13 March 1980
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Rhoda Scott b. 3rd Jul 1938
The barefoot lady
concert excerpts 2015
Intro and Mercy Mercy Mercy 1975
Fiddler On The Roof
Love For Sale
Rhoda Scott

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.
Extract from the Rhoda Scott Wikipedia page
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 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 Eddie Davis, particularly on the song "In the Kitchen". She was married to Stanley Turrentine 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.
Extract from the Shirley Scott Wikipedia page
Hubert Selby 1911
Hubert Selby organist
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
Extract:- Theatre Organ World

1961 took delivery of a Hammond C3
The Stage
16 February 1961
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Mike Slater - 2008
in concert on Hammond
Tower Ballroom Blackpool

Tower Ballroom Blackpool
Around the British Isles

The Stage
26 November 1964
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Mike Slater was born at Clay Cross, near Chesterfield.
He played at the Blackpool Tower using both the Wurlitzer and Hammond organs.
Wrote a column for The Stage called 'Organ Notes'
Mike Slater died in 2008
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
plays Jingle Bells
Ethel Smith
Christmas Music 1950 Full Album
Ethel Smith
Ethel Smith
First Lady of Hammond Organ
Ethel Smith
A Taste Of Honey
Ethel Smith
Ethel Smith
Spanish Flea
Maple Leaf Rag
Steamboat Rag
Ethel Smith

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.
A very short extract from Ethel Smith:Weird Organ Lady or Mondo Organista?
Jimmy Smith 8th Dec 19(25-28)– 8th Feb 2005
Midnight Special
Live In '69 Paris
Documentary (Jazz Organ) - 1965
Jimmy Smith Quartet
Jimmy Smith

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 Don Gardner 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, Blue Note's Alfred Lion 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 Verve label in 1962. His first album, Bashin', sold well and for the first time set Smith with a big band, led by Oliver Nelson
During the 1950s and 1960s, Smith recorded with some of the great jazz musicians of the day such as Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Grant Green, Stanley Turrentine, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean, Grady Tate and Donald Bailey.
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.
Extract from the Jimmy Smith Wikipedia page
Cor Steyn Link to electronic page icon Link to pipe organ page icon ,22nd Dec 1906 - 17th November 1965
Medley - Hammond XE200 Organ

Cor Steyn organist
Link to 20 minutes you tube channel

Hammond Organ Club logo
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)

The Three Suns
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.
Extract from the Three Suns Wikipedia page
Ashley Tappen
"The man who never was" 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.
Extract from the Allen Ashton Organ Celebrities series.
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 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 (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.
Extract:- Paul Wagnberg Wikipedia page
Cherry Wainer 2nd Mar 1935 – 14th Nov 2014
in Action
Take Five
Last Night
Green Onions
Night Train
Got My Mojo Working
Organ Grinder's Swing Melody

Cherry Wainer

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.
Extract from the Cherry Wainer Wikipedia page
Walter Wanderley 12th May 1932 – 4th Sep 1986
Hammond organist Walter Wanderley
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
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Chris Waxman
Otto Weiss
The Charleston
Baby come on
Jungle Fantasy
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Herb Wonder
Hammond Goes Latin
La Bamba
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Larry Young 7th Oct 1940 - 30th Mar 1978
Organist Larry Young
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.
Extract from the Larry Young Wikipedia page
Jaap Zeeland
Jaap Zeeland plays Hammond Organ
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