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 There were pioneering Hammond organists, and then there was LENNY DEE.  Often imitated but never bettered, his unique style of playing, born out of the days when he played the banjo-uke as young kid, saw his early recordings being Juke Box favourites. His legendary recording of PLANTATION BOOGIE rocketed him to world-class fame.  This is Part 1 of a video-story that is packed with photos and music.



  When LENNY DEE passed away in 2006, the organ world lost one of its most famed players. Lenny was a showman, musician, raconteur, Nite club owner, recording artist and broadcaster. He's been there, done it and got the hat to prove it. In fact he used many hats and guises in his Nite Club act: a show that like its star, once seen never forgotten, but forever remembered.


No.32 ANDREW FENNER - Michael Wooldrige.

 WITH PAINTBOX, EASEL & CANVAS. This original organ interlude was devised and performed by broadcasting - cinema organist ANDREW FENNER when he was touring the ABC circuit in the 50s. The music for this re-creation is played by MICHAEL WOOLDRIDGE at the WurliTzer organ in the Singing Hills Golf Club, W.Sussex. The slides are computer regenerated copies of the originals. As a projectionist who had the pleasure of presenting this very interlude, it would be fair to say that what you will see and hear is about as authentic as it can get.


No.33 HAROLD NASH - Golden Days of the Cinema

 The second of two 'specials' in the series: this deals with my memories as a cinema projectionist which began over 60 years ago. Briefly it deals in words, music and historic pictures, with the Savoy Cinema, Northampton right through to its present role as the Jesus Centre. Along the way the music is provided by Harold Nash, the last remaining full time organist at the Savoy, and features his one and only complete BBC Broadcast. 



The very name is one that is respected by enthusiasts and organists alike. His stage presentation, showmanship and organ technique has never been surpassed. In the early days he helped to put Wersi & Bohm organs on the world-wide map with his sell-out concerts, and recordings. It was my privilage and pleasure to give him his first BBC broadcasts back in the 70s, and we remained close friends until his passing after a sudden illness. This is but a small tribute to a big keyboard artist.


No. 35 Eric Lord

ERIC LORD. Long overdue is this musical tribute to an organist and broadcasting friend from my days in the Manchester area. His lush and mellifluous style of playing earned him many admirers and those who remember him playing the beautiful Paramount / Odeon, Newcastle & Manchester WurliTzers, as well as electronics, will derive happy memories from this production, which includes rare personal footage.


No. 36 - Special Diamond Jubilee Edition - Part 1

Surprising how many pieces of theatre and electronic music fit perfectly into this, Part 1 of 2 tribute shows compiled in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.


No. 37 - Special Diamond Jubilee Edition - Part 2

The second of a two-part tribute compiled as part of the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations, featuring organists from around the world playing music for this special occasion on theatre and electronic organs.


No. 38 Robin Richmond

He was known by his self-styled description as The Old Organ Grinder, but the organ world in general owes much to ROBIN RICHMOND who gave us, in England, the BBC Radio 2 programme The Organist Entertains. Not afraid to speak his mind, as you will hear in this video, he was a pioneering Hammond organist who began making records back in the days of 78s. This video concentrates on some of the highlights of his long and distinguished musical life.


No.39   Ray Bohr

NOTE: Due to a viewing problem this video has been reloaded. Previous viewing figures were 429. STORYLINE: When the legendary Radio City Music Hall Chief organist Dick Leibert retired, his coveted position at the WurliTzer was awarded to his assistant Ray Bohr. Little is known about Ray and his formative years of pipe organ interest in Nyack, New Jersey. With the help of close friends and his family members, this video, three months in the compilation, tells the full story of this famous and sadly missed organ world personality. I hope you enjoy the musical journey with some never before heard recordings: revealing facts and private family photos. Since it was first uploaded on May 22nd 2013, the unidentified organ shown at 5'07" has now been confirmed as being the one referred to in the accompanying text: ie: the original instrument installed by M.A.Clark in Grace Episcopal Church. My thanks to Grace Fulmore of the Church for that information.

No. 40 Bryan Rodwell

An affectionate tribute to Bryan Rodwell, affectionately known to his organ world associates as 'The Guv'nor'. Bryan was a 'gentle giant' and someone who gave freely of his time. His unique style of playing, which left his colleagues in awe, is covered throughout this video with private recordings and photos.

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