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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1458402878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458402875
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Scott Faragher began working for the newly formed Nova Agency, before finishing college, as the agent responsible for Waylon Jennings, Dr. Hook, Jerry Lee Lewis, David Allan Coe, and others. Within ten years he'd become president of In Concert International, the exclusive worldwide agency for Mickey Gilley, Lou Rawls, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ronnie Milsap, Brenda Lee, John Anderson, Fats Domino, Ricky Skaggs, and others, and subsequently managed country great Ray Price. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows as a result of his writing, including PBS's popular A Word on Words, Entertainment Tonight, and The Joan Rivers Show, and been reviewed by nearly every major paper in the United States. This is his 15th book.

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Scott Faragher started in the music business right out of college as an agent for the newly formed Nova Agency in 1973. Within six months this company which consisted of two other agents, was the exclusive agency for Dr. Hook, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings,Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser, and David Alan Coe just as the `Outlaw' phase of country music was beginning. After that company dissolved he worked at the Lavender-Blake Agency for two years, the exclusive agency representing George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Johnny Rodriguez, The Statler Brothers, Barbara Mandrell, and others. When that company dissolved he moved to Dick Blake International, as one of four agents with exclusive representation of Barbara Mandrell, The Statler Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Don Williams, Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard, Brenda Lee, and others. While there he set up the Marlboro Tour, the most successful and longest running and most financially successful corporate tour of the 1980s. When Dick Blake died in 1983, Scott became the president of In Concert International, the exclusive agency for Mickey Gilley, Johnny Rodriguez, Ronnie Milsap, Brenda Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Lou Rawls, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Fats Domino, Gene Wayson, Charly McClain, as well as several top Jamaican reggae acts, as well as manager for Billy Ray Cyrus. After nearly 20 years at the top he was burned out and wanted to do something else. His first book, `Music City Babylon' (1992) chronicled his wild life behind the scenes. As a result of its success he appeared on the `Joan Rivers Show', PBS `Word On Words', `Entertainment Tonight,' etc. He has been reviewed by everyone from Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly, to the Houston Chronicle, and Chicago Tribune. Since then he has performed his literary apprenticeship, writing about subjects which interest him.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kas Anders on December 30, 2011
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When I get a book on a subject of interest this is how I like it to be. Faragher's book delivers with a wealth of text, info, history, workings and personalities. He allows his own prefences to be known while keeping an open mind towards the readers' tastes.
Loaded with great photos throughout, both b&w and color, showing various model Hammonds, players, and clear internal and external shots of many Hammond and Leslie models.
This is not a "blue book" and does not give all specs for every model but provides applicable info for comparing (and selecting) between differing models. Thankfully, the author includes a section on Hammond's solid state organs and then on to past and current digital organs. I'm not a fan of digital organs but this addition is very welcomed with quotes direct from the creators and gave me a better understanding of differing approaches to the makers of digital organs.

The artist biography / discography takes up nearly half the book's pages and goes far and beyond the standard top-10 rock/jazz names. Here we get an introduction and more on many great but lesser known players (such as the great Walter Wanderley) covering a wide range of styles, although not as much on great gospel players as I would have liked or expected. No book / list can include everybody, so that's understandable.

Mark Vail's book "Beauty in the B" is also excellent, but if I had to choose I'd pick Faragher's book as first choice being there's simply more info to sink into and photos to pour over.
Kudos to the author, as well as the publisher (Hal Leonard).
This is how a book should B.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Reed on May 30, 2012
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Finally....a real review of the Hammond Organ. To be an organist, one must play two hands, two feet, and do it well. This book explores all the greatest, and especially the early stars of the Hammond. Way back before Jimmy Smith and like players there were artists who really set the instrument apart in American music. Not everything was rock and roll or jazz....there was Big Band Music, popular music, the American Musical, and the like.
Jackie Davis, Earl Grant, Lenny Dee, Buddy Cole, Eddie Layton....these were the magnificent young men of the Hammond Organ! Let's not forget Ethel Smith, Ken Griffin, and the other fine purveyors of organ music which came into our homes daily on the radio and as accompaniment for the TV "Soap Operas" of the 5o's and 60's.
Learn about the instrument, it's use in churches all over the world, it's place in our homes and supper clubs [remember those?] and the tremendous numbers of organs which actually outsold the piano in the 60's and 70's.
This is the book.....better than "Beauty in the B", and better written, I believe. This is the one for knowledge and correct history of the Hammond organ Company and her incredible electric [NOT electronic] organ.
I have played the Hammond Organ in Supper Clubs and Hotels all my life; I've sold them, I've recorded on them, and I still play and love them....
Do yourself a favor: read the book, go buy a Hammond Organ, and enjoy yourself.
Peace.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ctmb374 on June 23, 2012
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I was so pleased with the information found in this book. It is very well presented from the start to finish. I especially appreciate how honor was given to Mr. Hammond. This book would be highly recommended for anyone who desires a deeper understanding of the history of the Hammond organ.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe on June 7, 2013
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great book, some minor errors but i learned a lot about Hammond organ pioneers. I would recommend to any Hammond players.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Morari Jr. on December 20, 2011
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This book is fundamental to any enthusiast/fanatic for the brilliant inventions of Laurens Hammond and Don Leslie.

Even if you've read books like "Beauty in the B" or "The Hammond Organ Key Master", buy this book. It is worthwhile, adding a lot of information about models, operation, musicians, etc.

No full-page images here, but many interesting - and some rare - pictures which are not listed in the other two books mentioned.In the same way, no techniques or exercises. The focus is all (in more than 380 pages) about the Hammond and Leslie and the legends that helped turn them into classical instruments.

Although a great job of research, a exception due to the fact that so many talented artists are not mentioned by the author, including myths as Alan Hawkshaw, Art Neville (The Meters) and Eumir Deodato and new exponents as The Link Quartet, New Mastersounds, Diplomats of Solid Sound, Sugarman 3, McLemore Avenue, Big Organ Trio, Ari Borger, etc.

Yet, this is a vast field, virtually endless, and the author's intention was not trying to cover it.

But it's a big effort!
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