EM History: The Magic Organ (Jerry Smith)

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EM History: The Magic Organ (Jerry Smith)

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The Magic Organ - Street Fair


"Jerry Smith wrote and played the title song for this album...Street Fair...in 1970...and it was also his first single released under the name The Magic Organ. In 1971 he released an album by the same name that contained twelve songs on it. This is only one of many albums he recorded on the Ranwood label."

"Jerry actually used three different makes and models of organs during his recording career. He used the Hammond Piper on most of his albums especially for its auto-accompaniment. He also used the Lowery Organ and The Hammond X-66. He also used all three for overdubbing his melody or right hand sounds."

"Hit year was 1970/1971, DRIVING HOME by Jerry Smith spent 20 weeks in the Australian Go - Set charts, reaching a high position of number 17, a cd stereo version of this track can be found at this dougiejohn youtube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s34fSL... although the original single above has much more bass response. Some great memories of a big instrumental hit. Jerry has been an organist since he came out with his first organ album Street Fair in 1971 under the name of The Magic Organ. Steppin' Out (here's a link to Steppin' Out, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MICgwh...), was on his sixth album entitled Good Time Show released in 1974. Here's a link to Louisiana Man, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRN8HW.... Tokyo Butterfly, (here's a link to Tokyo Butterfly, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi7cjs...) was on his third album simply entitled The Magic Organ released in 1973. Jerry's other success was Truck Stop, (here's a link to Truck Stop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_T3LJ...) Jerry Smith got a little credit on the Dixiebelles tunes, "(Down at) Papa Joe's" (here's a link to Down At Papa Joe's, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE7fIv...) and "Southtown, U.S.A.".(here's a link to Southtown USA, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwt4Ms...) The records credit the Dixiebelles with Cornbread and Jerry. We now know who the Jerry is that they are referring to. He deserved more credit, though."

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