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Brilliant -  our band does a cover of that very Lamarr cover  of Curtis Mayfield    :)

 

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Yes, loved the old Hammond sound and have albums by Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff and Richard "Groove" Holmes.  Jimmy Smith's rendition of "Who's afraid of Virginia Wolf - parts 1 and 2 is just magic.

 

And don't forget the old Pickwick record label 12" albums with such stunning titles as; "Hammond Goes Latin", "Hammond Party Time"  and of course "Hammond Ago-go!"

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I used to gig an XK5 and 760 Leslie six nights a week in the early 80s before I quit the music biz . 
Funniest story was one New Year's Eve , seconds before midnight the bandleader was counting the seconds down over the mic and I flicked the Leslie switch to slow but the sound coming from it at the side of the stage started rising in pitch . I thought " Oh no ! What a time for it to pack up ! ". I glanced round and it was a Piper inflating his bagpipes , full kilt and everything . No-one bothered to tell the band that he had been booked .
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Massive fan of the Hammond, many bands I was into in the 70’s, prog etc, I would particularly look at album covers and if the band used a Hammond, it would usually result in a purchase.

Don Airey - Rainbow etc

Gregg Allman - Allman Bros

Rod Argent - Argent

Brian Auger - Oblivion Express

Tony Banks - Genesis

Pete Bardons - Camel

John Evan - Jethro Tull

Georgie Fame

Matt Fisher - Procol Harum

Dave Greenslade - Greenslade

Ken Hensley - Uriah Heep

Tony Kaye - Badger

Ray Manzarek - The Doors

Ian McLagen - The Faces

Gregg Rolie - Santana

Dave Sinclair - Caravan

Dave Stewart - Egg

Manfred Mann - Earthband

Steve Winwood - Traffic

 

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Love a Hammond. There’s just something about that sound as it fills each chord which makes it so exciting. Combine it with horns and it’s sonic heaven for me.

Favourite players of mine include Billy Preston, Gary Brooker, Ian McLagan, Booker T,  Danny Federici & Steve Winwood.

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Billy Preston !  Dammit another of my faves i forgot.  And Nicky Hopkins

Listen to the awesome keys on the Stones " Goats Head Soup "    Both Hopkins and Preston were magic

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A little shout out for a fellow student of mine, Carlo de Wijs.
IMS he also took my place in a jazz band when I quit, and in case did a better job.
He's got rebuilt a Hammond into ultra light alu frame, and also has MIDI-fied it so he's playing synth at the same time as the Hammond. I'll dig up some footage of that.

 

 

Edit: found something with the midified Hammond organ.
Bare feet once again! I must be one of those pesky foot fetishists!
Anyway, Carlo is one of the educated ones who use both toe and heel, which simply is better.
Not the most interesting song, but it gives an impression about his sound:

 

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7 hours ago, steantval said:

Massive fan of the Hammond, many bands I was into in the 70’s, prog etc, I would particularly look at album covers and if the band used a Hammond, it would usually result in a purchase.

Don Airey - Rainbow etc

Gregg Allman - Allman Bros

Rod Argent - Argent

Brian Auger - Oblivion Express

Tony Banks - Genesis

Pete Bardons - Camel

John Evan - Jethro Tull

Georgie Fame

Matt Fisher - Procol Harum

Dave Greenslade - Greenslade

Ken Hensley - Uriah Heep

Tony Kaye - Badger

Ray Manzarek - The Doors

Ian McLagen - The Faces

Gregg Rolie - Santana

Dave Sinclair - Caravan

Dave Stewart - Egg

Manfred Mann - Earthband

Steve Winwood - Traffic

 

You forgot Hugh Banton - Van Der Graff Generator :)

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1 hour ago, Norris said:

You forgot Hugh Banton - Van Der Graff Generator :)

The list is the bands and players that I was really into, Van Der Graff Generator didn’t really float my boat.

Steve Knight from Mountain is one I forgot, the keyboard on Nantucket Sleighride is awesome.

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2 hours ago, Norris said:

You forgot Hugh Banton - Van Der Graff Generator :)

Great call. Great organ player too (and in my mind Peter Hammill must be one of the most overlooked prog composers but that's another thread).

I remembered Banton's Farfisa and the organs he built himself, but only yesterday saw him playing a Hammond E100 (I think).

 

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4 hours ago, OzMike said:

Lachy Doley, a chap from my home town of Adelaide in Australia, is worth checking out. He's a great Hammond / whammy clav player + blues singer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HkuI3EOBCk

 

Beat me to it. Amazing Hammond player dubbed the "Jimi Hendrix" of the Hammond. Been a massive Hammond fan since the 60's. I remember queuing up at the local record shop in 63 behind hundreds of people buying Please Please Me. I got to the front of the queue and was automatically handed a copy of the Beatles number 1 only for me to say, "Have you got Green Onions by Booker T and the MG's". That was the record that got me into the Hammond/Leslie combination.

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Vincent Crane. the whole of Arthur Browns first album had some great playing 

Alan price  an awesome version of I put a spell on you great solo.

 

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Not forgetting Doug Ingle from Iron Butterfly (though he seems to be playing a vox continental in the video I'm sure he had a Hammond as well?)

 

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When I was at school, I had a part-time job with a firm in North London who specialised in muso gig kit.

One of their favourite party pieces was to cut Hammonds in half (lengthwise, obv) to make them transportable.

I'm sure that one G Fame had one done by them (+ Zoot Money? - there were a few converted, but I can't recall for who) (anybody help?)

😎

 

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Dave Siebels with the astonishing Big Phat Band. The Hammond is the funkiest keys sound ever, along with the Fender Rhodes.

 

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We used to have one of these in our house. A Hammond Regent. Spent many hours on it, unfortunately before I could read music. 

 

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