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The organ entertains...

Simon Mayo | 09:09 UK time, Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Now it has to be said that the tuba was a challenge. A wonderful instrument but not featuring on that many hits. So let's go mainstream and feature one of THE great sounds of jazz gospel and rock 'n' roll. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Hammond Organ. Maybe we'll get to the other organs someday but the Hammond is a work of genius. So an opening song please with a Hammond to the fore. Over to you, leave suggestions below.
Also today the man behind "Only Fools and Horses", writer John Sullivan is my guest after 6. There's a Trotters prequel called "Rock & Chips" on Sunday and it's stuffed full of great old rock 'n' roll hits.
And "Homework Sucks!" is there for the work you can't do on your own. E-mail me or use the H.S. page on this site. Yesterday's question about the world turning slower was a corker and thanks to the astrophysicist student who came on with an answer. Nothing is too difficult for that most creative search engine, the Radio 2 Drivetime audience.
See you at 5...

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  • Comment number 1.

    Although I love the song, I hope we can come up with something more original than "House of the Rising Sun". Love ths show.

  • Comment number 2.

    Gotta be.......That's The Way God Planned It by the late, great Sir Billy of Preston. Loving the new show Simon - I wasn't too sure at first, it pinched like a new pair of shoes, but it's now comfy and my favourite listening of the week.

  • Comment number 3.

    This is going very slightly off kilter, as the Hammond B3 is quite distorted, and therefore possibly not the sound you're looking for, but it is, nontheless, a Hammond. I give you "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.
    Excellent stuff.
    Equally excellent of course is "Gimme some loving" by The Spencer Davis group. Winwood at his finest. Please give us a bit of rock. (Cheesy link here to John Sullivan, but I couldn't quite engineer the chips in there.)

  • Comment number 4.

    Anything by "Booker T", (you could go for "Green Onions" but "Time is Tight" is a great piece to have on while Simon is introducing the rest of the show). Alternatively anything by "Rod Argent" of "The Zombies" and of course "Argent", such as "Argent's God gave Rock and Roll to you", (about time Russ Ballard had more radio play) or "Colin Blunstone singing She's not there". Failing that, anything by Georgie Fame.
    I think it would be a little to obvious to go down the route of "Whiter Shade of Pale". Love the show.

  • Comment number 5.

    How about Deep Purple's "Hush"?

  • Comment number 6.

    Ah, silly me, now I'm getting reminders of the Prog Rock days - who could ignore "America" by The Nice - Keith Emerson was the Hammond God of his day, even if he did stab it to death!

  • Comment number 7.

    I'm going to regret saying this, "The Charlatans - The Only One I Know". Love the show.

  • Comment number 8.

    Style Council had quite a few decent Hammond bits how about "Walls come tumbling down"?

  • Comment number 9.

    Sadly can't think of a Prefab Sprout song with Hammond in it .... which I'm sure will leave you gutted! Stick with Sir Billy, you know it makes sense :)

  • Comment number 10.

    Mr Mayo - haven't had opportunity so far so pop in here and say how much I'm enjoying your Drivetime show. Altogether more cerebral than previous incumbent's brand but still engagingly nutty. Don't get me wrong - I was and am still a huge fan of Chris Evans and have reorganised my mornings to accommodate his brand of Brekkie - but am SO glad you got to keep The Fox and her clever chuckly voice.

    Back to the matter in hand ...
    Was privileged to see The Zombies in all their original glory in Southampton end of 2009 - Colin B of course but more notably ROD ARGENT with an outrageously full head of long hair and still retaining that awfully naice English accent. But what really rocked was - you've guessed it! Hammondtastic!

    So my vote goes to 'Hold Your Head Up' - Argent - or as previous poster suggested, pretty well anything by The Zombies - one of the most underrated bands of the 60s.

    BabyDriver x

    ... hit the road and I'm gone ......

  • Comment number 11.

    Theme music to Joe 90 has a cracking Hammond Organ solo or even better, the theme music to U.F.O. - BARRY GRAY was/is a Legend!
    Love the show.

  • Comment number 12.

    Cornish Darren, just putting Love the Show on the end of your posts won't get you noticed. Love the Show Simon.

  • Comment number 13.

    Please Mods hurry!! Or my suggestion for Drivetime won't get seen by Simon

  • Comment number 14.

    I amaze myslef! "Doo Wop In Harlem" by Prefab Sprout - nice warbly Hammond there Simon! No excuses now.....

  • Comment number 15.

    While I'm a huge fan of Mr Sullivan's Screenplays, I have even more admiration of his musical talents. Having composed the theme music to 'Citizen Smith', 'Just Good Friends', 'Dear John', 'Only Fools & Horses' and 'The Green Green Grass' did the great man compose anything for 'Sitting Pretty', 'Heartburn Hotel', 'Over Here', or 'Roger Roger'? Did he compose anything for 'The Two Ronnies' and what can we expect for 'Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n Chips' musically?

    Is there a "John Sullivan's' greatest hits album out soon?

    Did he ever wish he had written the 1970's Australian TV series 'The Sullivans'?

  • Comment number 16.

    Oops, didn't put "Love the Show" at the end of the last post.

    Love ths show.

  • Comment number 17.

    I love the show more


  • Comment number 18.

    I'm late late late posting today and everything I've made a note of during the day has now been said already ... apart from She Comes in the Fall by Inspiral Carpets.

  • Comment number 19.

    I love the Show the Most! Hahaaa! Bloggers should check out Billy Preston on that internet tube thing - his chicken dance at the end of the song at the Concert for Bangladesh is the epitome of high energy musicalityness.

  • Comment number 20.

    I love the show the mostest!

    Sorry nothing intelligent to add about today's opening record.


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