Hammond is the most recognized name in Organs. Hammond offers portable organs for traveling musicians and venues and as well as the quintessential Hammond B3 Organ that made the Hammond brand so famous.
Hammond B3 has won over musicians and music lovers for decades with it’s quintessential look and sound made famous by the likes of Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith, Greg Allman, Billy Preston, John Medeski, John DeFrancesco and more.
The Hammond brand dates back to 1935 when Hammond founder Laurens Hammond teamed up with John M. Hanert to begin manufacturing alternative organs to the traditional pipe organ, creating an affordable organ option for churches around the United States and eventually the whole world.
As the Hammond Organ grew past the churches into the music industry, it was Jimmy Smith that played a huge part in making the Hammond organ popular as he made the Hammond B3 the staple of his famous Blue Note performances. Using the foot pedals for bass as opposed to hiring a bass player, Jimmy Smith records inspired generations of Hammond organ players.
Musician like Keith Emerson, Steve Windwood and Greg Allman brought the Hammond sound from jazz to rock and roll and it continued to be embraced for it’s beautiful tones in almost every genre of music.
Reggae artists like Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Toots and The Maytals brought the Hammond organ to reggae music, The Beastie Boys made it popular in hip hop, even punk bands made use of the amazing Hammond sound.
Today the Hammond is as popular an Organ brand as ever. With musicians like Cory Henry from the band Snarky Puppy, and John Medeski from Medeski Martin and Wood, the Hammond organ is being used and kept alive and well with some of the best keyboardists in the world.
Famous Hammond B3 Organists include: Jimmy Smith John Medeski Cory Henry Booker T. John DeFrancesco Joey DeFrancesco Barbara Dennerlein Dr. Lonnie Smith Wil Blades Junior Marvin The Beastie Boys Greg Allman of The Allman Brothers Tony Kaye of YES Rick Wakeman of YES Santana Tony Banks of Genesis Winston Wright of Toots And The Maytals, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jimmy Cliff Tyron Downie of Bob Marley and The Wailers Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake And Palmer Steve Walsch of Kansas John Lord of Deep Purple Matthew Fisher of Procol Harem Billy Preston Count Basie Fats Waller George Gershwin