The Hammond Organ changed the world…well the world of music, that is. Before Laurens Hammonds, a engineering graduate of Cornell University, created the Hammond Organ in the early 1900’s, the options for Organs were limited to the traditional pipe organs, which created spacial and financial burdens on American churches.
Finding inspiration in the Telharmonium, Hammond took a rotating metal tonewheel with pickups and amplification and created a sound that will live forever in music.
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The popularity of the Hammond Organ was spiked when jazz organist Jimmy Smith opted to forgo a bass guitarist and make use of the Hammond Organ with it’s foot pedals for what would become a sound that Jimmy Smith cemented in time with his iconic performances at the famed club, The Blue Note.
Since then, thousands of musicians world wide have clamored for the Hammond organ and it’s famous look and sound, contributing to the quintessential sound of bands that include The Allman Brothers, The Beastie Boys, Bob Marley And the Wailers, YES, Deep Purple, Toots & The Maytals, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Booker T. & The M.G.’s, Procol Harem, Pink Floyd and more.
In 1985 Hammond went out of business, leaving roughly 2 million Hammond Organs in the world with tremendous value. Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation now owns the brand and has continued to produced high quality, often more mobile, Hammond Organs.