List of Hammond organ players

List of Hammond organ players

This is a list of notable Hammond organ players, both solo performers and members of ensembles. Only add names here if the person has their own article on Wikipedia, please.


*Rick Allen began performing on the Hammond in LA in the 1960s, but since the 1980s, he has lived in New Orleans, where he plays and records with blues and cajun performers including Ernie K-Doe, King Floyd, Freddy Fender, Marcia Ball.
*Gregg Allman from "The Allman Brothers Band"
*Rod Argent is from "The Zombies" and "Argent"
*Brian Auger (born 1939) a jazz and rock keyboardist, who formed the group "Steampacket" with Rod Stewart in 1965.
*Don Airey, current keyboardist of Deep Purple.


*Ena Baga (1906-2004) was a British pianist and silent film organist who performed on the Hammond in the 1960s
*Tony Banks (born 1950) is an English songwriter, pianist/keyboard player, and founding member of progressive rock/pop group "Genesis". He played a Hammond L-122 from 1969 to 1973, which was replaced by a modified T102 spinet prior to recording "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway".
*Stuart 'Pinkie' Bates, former keyboardist of rock group The Divine Comedy, now a music teacher at Parmiter's School.
*Peter Bardens, keyboardist of the progrock band Camel until 1978.
* Count Basie
*Marco Benevento (born 1977) is half of the Benevento/Russo Duo along with Joe Russo. Originally associated with the "jam band" scene, he currently performs various styles of jazz.
*David Bowie (born 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and mixer.
*James Brown
*Milt Buckner (1915-77), who pioneered the use of the Hammond organ in Jazz. Played with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra from 1941-48 and again 1950-52, as well as with his own bands.
*Jerry Burke Organist for Lawrence Welk from 1934 till his death in 1965. Published several volume of organ arrangements.
* John "Rabbit" Bundrick (born 1948) a US-born rock keyboardist, pianist, and organist who played on albums by The Who, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Roger Waters, Free, and performed in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". He has toured several times with The Who.
*Tomas Bodin - The Flower Kings


*Tony Carey (b. 1953) is a rock and heavy metal keyboardist and Hammond organ player; he played the band Rainbow from 1975 to 1977
*Mike Carr British Hammond Organ jazz BeBop player, born in 1937 Newcastle
*Felix Cavaliere was part of The Young Rascals and he also played in Steven Van Zandt's Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul as well as with Ringo Starr's All Star Band
*Nick Cave, best known for his work with the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
*Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark is a US gospel singer, composer, musician, and evangelist dubbed "the Queen of the B-3." A member of The Clark Sisters, she also has seven solo albums.
*Rob Collins (Charlatans).
*Tom Constanten played the Hammond B-3 exclusively with the Grateful Dead in live concerts during his tenure with the group from 1968 to 1970, taking over for Ron "Pigpen" McKernan.
*Dave "Baby" Cortez (born 1938) a US pop music and R&B pianist and organist. His 1950s instrumental, "The Happy Organ" was the first pop/rock hit to feature the organ as lead instrument.
*Ed Cox is an organist from The Hurricanes, and has played with Billy Preston.
*Jim Cox AKA "Mr B3", played for many artists, currently Boz Scaggs (2008)
*Vincent Crane - organist of Atomic Rooster.
*Jesse Crawford(1895- 1962) was a US pianist and organist well-known in the 1920s as a theater organist for silent films. In the 1930s, he switched to the Hammond organ.
*Carlos Cutaia is one of the two keyboard players from 1970's Progressive Rock band from Argentina La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros along with Charly García. He played as well as Hammond, piano, mellotron and harpsicord.


*Wild Bill Davis (1918–1995) is the stage name of American jazz pianist, organist, and arranger William Davis, a pioneering jazz electronic organist who led a number of organ trios.
*Lenny Dee (1923-2006), an American pop/easy listening/boogie-woogie/jazz organist whose career spanned six decades and 56 albums; he had a Top 20 hit in 1955.
*Joey DeFrancesco (born 1971) is an American jazz organist and trumpeter. "Down Beat's" 2003 Critics Poll selected him as “top jazz organist.” Mentored by Jimmy Smith, he has performed with Miles Davis and John McLaughlin.
*Barbara Dennerlein
*Dennis DeYoung of Styx played a Hammond B-3 during the 1970s and 1980s.
*Bill Doggett
*Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon
*Dr. John


*Charles Earland
*Keith Emerson from "The Nice" and "Emerson, Lake and Palmer"
*John Evan from "Jethro Tull"
*Duncan MacKay from "10cc"


*Georgie Fame
*Danny Federici of the E Street Band
*Matthew Fisher, who recorded A Whiter Shade of Pale
*Morgan Fisher
*Les Fradkin
*Guy Fletcher, Keyboard player for Mark Knopfler
*Mitchell Froom


*Kenneth 'Boom' Gaspar (Pearl Jam)
*Chris Geddes (Belle and Sebastian)
*John Ginty (Citizen Cope)
*Larry Goldings
*Charlie Gillingham
*Larry Goldings
*Greg Graffin (Bad Religion)
*Earl Grant
*Dave Greenfield (The Stranglers)
*Dave Greenslade (Colosseum (band))
*Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night)
*Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead) Uses a Hammond organ on 'Fake Plastic Trees'
*Ken Griffin
*Emm Gryner


*Bo Hansson
*George Harrison plays an S-Series Hammond most notably on "Blue Jay Way"
*Atsuko Hashimoto
*Alan Hawkshaw
*Isaac Hayes (Stax sessions)
*Ken Hensley (from "Uriah Heep")
*John Hermann from Widespread Panic
*Milt Herth jazz organist
*Gregory Hillman
*Jools Holland
*Charles Hodges (Al Green)
*Kyle Hollingsworth plays keyboards in "The String Cheese Incident", a jamband from Boulder, Colorado.
*Richard "Groove" Holmes
*John Hondorp
*Wayne Horvitz
*Garth Hudson from The Band
*Ralf Hütter from Organisation/Kraftwerk



*Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers)
*Billy Joel
*Sir Elton John
*Booker T. Jones
*John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
*Lonnie Jordan (War)
*Bradley Joseph


* Wojciech Karolak
* Bruce Katz
* Tony Kaye from "Yes"
* Al Kooper
* Joe Krown, New Orleans based player who used to play with Gatemouth Brown
* Charles Kynard


*Eddie Landsberg
*Nick Larkins (plays in the Dan Rumour Band with the founder of The Cruel Sea (band))
*T Lavitz from "The Dixie Dregs", "Jazz Is Dead", and "Boston T Party"
*Eddie Layton USA Hammond Organ player, played at the Yankee Stadium for years
*John Lennon
*Jon Lord from "Deep Purple"
*Arjen Anthony Lucassen from "Ayreon" and "Ambeon"


*Bruce Mackinnon of Pomme De Chien
*Phil Madeira
*Eric Malmberg
*Ray Manzarek (The Doors)(Used Hammond on "Wild Child" and "The Changeling")
*Bruno Marini (organist)
*Money Mark (Beastie Boys)
*Hank Marr
*Mark Masefield of Outside the Box who is the current house band of The Stone Pony
*Pete Mazich
*Page McConnell
*Jack McDuff
*Jimmy McGriff
*Goldy McJohn
*Ron "Pigpen" McKernan used a Hammond organ during most of his tenure with The Grateful Dead (before and after Tom Constanten joined the group) until his death in 1973.
*Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac used a custom chopped B-3 throughout her career.
*John Medeski
*Scott May of The Ides Of March
*Natalie Merchant
* Freddie Mercury
*Mic Michaeli (Europe)
*Lee Michaels
*Mike Mills of R.E.M. - see Radio Song
*Russ Morgan
* Jeff Muendel
*Brent Mydland


*Lars Nedland, best known for his work with heavy metal groups Borknagar and Solefald.
*Art Neville Founded New Orleans funk band The Meters.


*Ryo Okumoto from Progressive rock band Spocks Beard
*Spooner Oldham
*Isaiah Ikey Owens from "The Mars Volta"


*Korla Pandit
*Don Paterson
*Big John Patton
*Bill Payne
*Roy Phillips
*Grace Potter
*Billy Preston
*Alan Price from "The Animals"
*Don Pullen



*Sun Ra
*Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses)
*Melvin Rhyne
*Laza Ristovski (organist from Serbia, played in Smak and Bijelo Dugme)
*Matt Rollings
*Freddie Roach
*Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey)

*Merl Saunders
*Adam Scone
*Rhoda Scott
*Shirley Scott
*Tom Scholtz, founding member of the band Boston
*Paul Shaffer
*Derek Sherinian, soloist and session musician, keyboardist for Yngwie Malmsteen and Billy Idol, former member of Dream Theater, Platypus, and Jughead as well as Kiss and Alice Cooper's touring bands.
* Dave Sinclair
*Ethel Smith
*Jimmy Smith
* Johnny "Hammond" Smith
*Dr. Lonnie Smith
*Robert Smith (The Cure)
*Sly Stone


*Mick Talbot
*Benmont Tench (Tom Petty)
*Chester Thompson (original organist for Tower of Power)
*Andy Tillison (The Tangent)
*James Taylor



*Earl Van Dyke from The Funk Brothers
*Thijs van Leer from Focus
*Marian Varga, composer, Slovak Hammond Organ player from Collegium Musicum and also soloist


*Paul Wagnberg from The Real Thing
*Rick Wakeman (Yes)
*Fats Waller
*Steve Walsh (musician) from Progressive rock band Kansas (band)
*Walter Wanderley Brazilian Hammond Organ player
*Spider Webb Plays Vox Continental in London band, The Horrors.
*Vince Welnick
*Carson Whitsett
*Baby Face Willette
*Reuben Wilson
*Steve Winwood
*Stevie Wonder, a singer, songwriter, and keyboardist, uses the Hammond for a number of albums, including "Songs in the Key of Life."
*Bernie Worrell
*James "Big Jim" Wright musician, producer (Mariah Carey, Yolanda Adams, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis)
*Rick Wright (Pink Floyd)
*Klaus Wunderlich German Hammond Organ player
*Reese Wynans Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble



*Larry Young


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