The Hammond Organ
Scott Faragher
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The Hammond Organ: An Introduction to the Instrument and the Players Who Made it Famous
Scott Faragher
Hal Leonard
Paperback
390 pages
November 2011
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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It is one of the great instruments of all time: an all-purpose keyboard that took front and center in styles ranging from blues and jazz to classic and indie rock. The Hammond organ had its origins in the Great Depression, and luminaries such as Henry Ford and George Gershwin fell so in love with the sound that they purchased some of the first models.

Faragher's book tells you everything you might ever want to know about the keyboard, including its origins; the market of the instrument; the coterie of models; and the musicians who played it. There are sections on everyone from Lee Michaels and Doug Ingle to Jimmy McGriff and Matthew Fisher. There are pages on the bands who popularized the Hammond, including Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night and the Rascals.

This is a terrific book on this most unique of keyboards with dozens of wonderful black-and-white and color photos. If you've ever played one, you'll want to read this. If you haven't played one, this will tell you everything you need to know about it.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2012

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