One of the first performers to use the Hammond organ was Ethel Smith, who was known as the "first lady of the Hammond organ". Fats Waller and Count Basie also started using the Hammond.  Organist John Medeski thinks the Hammond became "the poor man's big band", but because of that, it became more economical to book organ trios .
- 1935–1975 (tonewheel models), 1967–1985 (transistor models), 1986–present (digital models)
- $1,193 (Model A, 1935), $2,745 (Model B-3, 1954)
Nov 02, 2009 · Inventor Laurens Hammond turned his hand to many odd things before he had a go at making a low-cost pipe-less church organ, and his ingenious solution to replicating the harmonic frequencies of ...
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Electronic organs and electromechanical organs such as the Hammond organ have an established role in a number of popular-music genres, such as blues, jazz, gospel, and 1960s and 1970s rock music. Electronic and electromechanical organs were originally designed as lower-cost substitutes for pipe organs.
In 1935, the Hammond company could not conceive that their instrument would ever be used in jazz or blues, let alone rock. By the same token, in 1935, organs had never been used in jazz or blues. Soon the Hammond organ was being used for newly emerging forms of music. Its sustained sound added a new dimension to jazz and blues.
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The Hammond Organ is a mysterious beast. It must’ve seemed like space-age technology when it emerged in the 1930s, and even now the instrument retains something of the Dr Who about it. For a period in the 1960s there was hardly a chart hit that didn’t feature a Hammond organ, with organists like Booker T Jones becoming household names.
Aug 13, 2016 · It can work and I have played Hammond organs in the church setting. However, it can never imitate a pipe organ mostly because it doesn’t have sufficient voices in the pedal.
The liner notes for this set are top-notch, beginning with a brief history of Laurens Hammond, the man who invented the Hammond organ (he also invented those familiar red and green 3-D glasses, by the way), and once he added Don Leslie's rotating speaker system to the organ frame, a stone cold classic instrument came to life.
Rock ‘n’ roll may largely be guitar music, but it became richly colored by the organ as the music grew into the 1960s. The Hammond B-3 (as well as C-3 and M-3 models) and Leslie speaker cabinet (with its spinning speaker horns providing vibrato) that were already popular in jazz became part of the rock instrumental mix.
It is a big part of our job to find new homes for these older, classic Hammond organs and Leslie speakers! We love to find them, restore them, upgrade them for modern electrical standards, and put them in a place where they will be used, enjoyed, and even become a part of a regular Sunday worship service. We make all the necessary arrangements.
He used to tell me little stories about a variety of escapades he had with those two when he lived in NYC 60 or 70 years ago. Anyway, he was quite a fan of the Hammond organ, at least before digital organs became really good at simulating pipes.