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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The History Of The Hammond Organ

I just love Hammond organs. I played a B3 for a long time during my gigging days, and it's sale paid for my move to Los Angeles (although it breaks my heart that I to this day that I sold it). As much as the technology to artificially recreate the sound of a Hammond and a Leslie has progressed, I must admit that the sound still isn't as good as an "oiler."

Here's a history of the Hammond and Leslie, which includes some great playing and rare footage (especially of Jimmy Smith).


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Fred Decker said...

I thought this was a cool video. John Hammond sort of reminded me of Leo Fender--non-musician, inventor, etc.

I live in Chicago. The corner of Western and Diversy where the original factory was is now a pancake house.

KillerB3 said...

My name is Joe Bamford. I though you might be interested in our project called Killer B3, a Documentary Film about the Hammond Organ. After 7 years in production, we are set for a January 2013 release, provided we can raise the funds to cover all the legal business associated with releasing an independent film. . If you are interested, the trailer can be seen at and of course we are on Facebook (search: Killer B3 the Movie). Take a look and let us know what you think.
Kindest Regards,
Joe Bamford - KillerB3


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