Licking the Keys

Eddie Baxter
“The Tasty Touch”
Rendezvous # M-1308

“The album title is an expression borrowed from KPOL’s ‘Man About Midnight’, Mark Dunhill.  He has often used the phrase to describe Eddie’s records and you are sure to agree that the Baxter touch is ‘THE TASTY TOUCH’”

baxtertasty

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Yodeling For Jesus

Bobby Walker
“Gospel Organ featuring Yodeling for Jesus”
Gospel Music for Christ #GMC 901

From the liner notes:
“I’m in love with Jesus!  It’s just that simple.  Barbituates, amphetamines, booze, and pot, were replaced with the Holy Spirit.  I’m higher than I’ve ever been in my life.  Man, what a trip.  No joke, I get higher everyday and never worry about the inevitable crash that accompanies pills and the hard stuff.  Being an ex-night club entertainer, I’m hip to all the “junk”.  So I can speak authoritatively.”

“Yodeling For Jesus”:

 

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Korla’s Kristmas

Korla Pandit
“Merry Xmas”
Vita #16
From the collection of John Spath.

Korla, aka John Roland Redd, was a star in the early days of TV in California. Few knew he was actually the son of a black preacher in Missouri! Before his death in 1998, he appeared as himself in the movie Ed Wood.

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I thought it would be… bigger.

Dave Stephens
“Organ Fascination”
Wyncote #W9083

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all shapes and sizes

Betty Staples
“Organ Fantasy in Hi-Fi”
Crown #CLP 5023

From the Back Cover:

“The tunes are standards, cleverly arranged and performed by Betty Staples. Some of the effects you’ll hear are actually astounding. On ‘Foggy Day’ Betty’s foot-stomping on the organ pedals get a true thumping bass sound. On ‘Hi Lilly, Hi Lo” she achieves a gay carnival atmosphere with peanut whistle and calliope sounds. On an instrument so difficult to play as the organ, it is rare to hear so accomplished an artist who can control it with such facility.”

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On Top of the World

Rollie Hudson
“On Top of the World”
Delta #79-601

From the Back Cover:

“Rollie’s personal appearances, radio shows, and recordings have made him a favorite among organ enthusiasts. Lack of sight has not stopped Rollie from concertizing in many parts of America.”

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His organ is in the mood

Eddie Layton
“Organ Moods in Hi-Fi”
Mercury #MG20208

“Great Organ Hits”
Mercury #SR60639

From the Back Cover:

“MERCURY believes that this long playing album presenting the creative genius of Eddie Layton shows just how limitless the realm of sound can be when left in the hands of an artist who has full command of his instrument.”

Okay, TWO hugely phallic album covers by one guy? What’s going on?

Mr. Layton was the organist for the New York Yankees baseball team until his retirement in 2003.

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giant pipes

Leon Berry
“Giant Wurlitzer Vol. 3″
Audio Fidelity #1844

From the Back Cover:

“Leon Berry is one of this country’s most versatile theater organists who knows his own instrument intimately and therefore is highly conscious of its many capabilities. For a number of years, Berry has been organist at the world renowned Hub Rink in Chicago.”

 

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needs more vibrato

Don Baker
“Organ Moods for Listening”
Capitol #T-612

From the Back Cover:

“The instrument Don plays for this album is the ‘Richard Vaughn 5-manual Wurlitzer Organ,’ and is one of the largest ever constructed by Wurlitzer. It consists of thousands of pipes and percussive effects operated from a console with five keyboards, 256 ‘stop keys’, and a variety of other controls.”

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