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Pink Floyd's Nick Mason tells the story of Laurens Hammond and the legacy of the instrument which bears his name.

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason tells the story of Laurens Hammond and the musical legacy of the instrument which bears his name.

The Hammond Organ is arguably the first mass-market electronic instrument and in this episode we head to the heart of the Hammond Organ story: Chicago.

One of the most familiar and versatile instruments to emerge in the 20th Century, the Hammond Organ’s reach ranges from the gospel of African-American churches, to jazz and reggae, to the swirling sound of progressive rock.

The series is produced in association with the Open University.

Producer: Craig Smith

(Photo: Close-up image of Hammond B3 Organ Keyboard Credit: Alamy)

53 minutes

Last on

Sun 19 May 2019 21:06GMT

Broadcasts

  • Sat 18 May 2019 11:06GMT
  • Sun 19 May 2019 19:06GMT
  • Sun 19 May 2019 21:06GMT

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