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March 06, 2012

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Rick M

I agree that the tune 'Hush' was probably the most effective early use of the Hammond in rock music. What attracted me to it initially was its perceived ability to bend notes on a keyboard instrument back in pre-synthesizer days.

Another great rock use of the B3 was Gregg Rolie's performances on the early Santana albums, most commonly noticed in the Woodstock film.

Dave Gajewski

Great interview. I liked the fact that Scott didn't include the obvious (Jimmy Smith and Joey D.) in his list.
To his list, I would add Rod Argent's solo in the Zombie's Time of the Season and Rick Wakeman's screaming organ solo in Yes Roundabout. I agree with Rick M.'s comment that Gregg Rolie (and Chester Thompson) played a big part of Santana's success.My love affair with the Hammond B3 sound was brought on by Groove Holmes top 40 release of Misty.

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