Organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith helped refine his instrument’s indelible groove when he started recording in the late 1950s. He also developed a unique sense of harmony that was highlighted on such albums as Breakout and Gears in the 1970s. Smith kept developing his sound until his death from cancer in 1997 at the age of 63. Now his widow, Cheryl Smith, is working to issue previously unreleased recordings that will show the organist had plenty of more to offer.
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