RIP Jimmy McGriff

Posted on: Saturday, May 24, 2008

Jimmy McGriff passed today.
RIP Jimmy. You enhanced my life. Thanks.

I was taught to play the organ as a child; I enjoyed it very much but never really found the music that was close to my soul. The music that was played was all very Klaus Wunderlich and “The Organist Entertains”. Many years later while in my 20s, I discovered the blues and related music. As part of that activity I has a cassette tape of Jimmy McGriff. I don’t remember the name of the record, nor do I have the cassette tape any more. Needless to say I fell in love with the Hammond sound and have been a huge fan of the Hammond/Leslie ever since. I sometimes wonder how things would have been different if I had found Jimmy McGriff et al in my early teens; I bet that I would not have dropped the organ like I did.

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