During the late Sixties, whilst regularly playing
piano, I began to play the organ. I became organist
at a local church.
Rushall Congregational Church had a 2 Manual
Pipe Organ and I started playing for services there,
eventually becoming Organist and Choirmaster.
At this time most Social Clubs and Working Men's Clubs
were buying organs and hiring organists.
I decided that it was time that I learned more about the
modern electronic organs.
For several years I received tuition from a local teacher.
He had a Hammond M102 with a Leslie Tone Cabinet
and I really became hooked on Hammond Organs.
I just had to have my own organ at home.
Finally, having saved enough money, I bought a
Hammond T200, a picture of which appears above.
The above picture was taken sometime during the 1970s and
shows my drummer Wal and I on Organ and Drums at a local
club in the West Midlands, where we played for Sunday Night
The organ was a small Wurlitzer coupled to a Leslie 145 Speaker.
We couldn't persuade the club to buy a Hammond !! Having said
that, the Wurlitzer gave a nice sound and the visiting artists seemed
really happy. We had some good times, Wal being an excellent
drummer and a good friend.
I played on a wide variety of Makes and Models of Organ during the
1970s. A popular organ with places of entertainment was the
Hammond C3. Not having built-in speakers, it was designed to be
coupled to one or two external tone cabinets. One C3 that I played
regularly was fitted with Sustain on the Pedals which came in handy.
I'm sure that the picture above will bring back memories for many
I spent many happy hours playing the C3 at various venues in the
Midlands and also had a residency for several years playing one.
Visiting relatives in the U.S.A. during the 1970s gave me the oportunity
to see and play organs that were not very common or were brand new
models and were not yet available in the U.K.
The above picture is of a Hammond H112. I know that this series was
available here but I first encountered this model in a shopping mall in
West Philadelphia and really enjoyed playing it.
I recently found the above picture amongst my sheet music and old
brochures. This is the Hammond X66. What a fabulous looking
instrument! It sold for more than £5000, complete with it's own special
Tone Cabinet in 1971.
I would be interested to hear from any organists who remember this
model and if any of these are still in existance!