Aug
21

Eddie Layton, master organist

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Many Yankee fans viewed Eddie Layton as the benevolent grandfather of Yankee Stadium. He was always there, and his organ music seemed like a throwback to another era. But there was much more to Eddie Layton than some fun pre-game organ music and a rockin’ rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Layton was a pioneer of one of my favorite jazz instruments — the Hammond Organ — in his own right. For a great piece on Layton, his time at Yankee Stadium, his contribution to the organ field and 33 very rare MP3s of Layton’s organ work, check out this excellent piece at WFMU’s music blog.

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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    And without the Hammond organ, we wouldn’t have had Jon Lord, hence Deep Purple wouldn’t have rocked nearly as much (with respect to Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Gillan).

  • http://jeteupthemiddle.blogspot.com Jeteupthemiddle

    Trivia:

    Who is the only man to play for the Yankees, Rangers, and Knicks?

    Eddie Layton of course.

  • RJ -Ct

    I just can’t wait for a post that mentions the useless Mussina and another pathetic performance by him. With his recent performances teamed with how late it is starting to get in the season, it’s time to consider removing him from the rotation. Maybe it’s time for mini-Mussina to get a start before the real Moose single-handily takes us out of both races.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    RJ-Ct: One anti-Moose post coming right up.