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Dead Person of the Day February 8 – Jimmy Smith

0 Comments 08 February 2012


I really can’t think of another instrument that has brought me more happiness than the Hammond B3. Jimmy Smith had ‘IT’ – The Funk. And I don’t mean the atrocity that comes out of my boots at night. Mr. Smith is the first DPD to have his birthday up for review as well.

P.S. Was the introduction of the G.I. Bill one of the best things for this country or what?!

Jimmy Smith (December 8, 1925 or 1928 – February 8, 2005)

Jimmy Smith, who made the Hammond organ one of the most popular sounds in jazz beginning in the mid-1950’s, died on Tuesday at his home in Phoenix. He was 76.

He died of unspecified natural causes, said his stepson and former manager, Michael Ward, who also said that his age of 76 was based on his birth certificate and not the birth date found in most reference books.

Before Jimmy Smith, the electric organ had been nearly a novelty in jazz; it was he who made it an important instrument in the genre and influenced nearly every subsequent notable organist in jazz and rock, including Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Larry Young, Shirley Scott, Al Kooper and Joey DeFrancesco. Continue 

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