Odell Brown & The Organ-izers

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Odell Brown, Artee ‘Duke’ Payne, Curtis Prince, Henry Gibson, Tommy Purvis
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Initially formed in 1961, when the members were students at Tennessee State A&M University, the group broke up when Brown was drafted but reformed in Chicago in 1964.

Between 1964 and 1969 Odell Brown & the Organ-izers recorded three LP’s and three 45’s (one non-LP) on Cadet Records. They won the prestigious "Billboard Magazine Award" for best new group in 1966 and Billboard jazz award in 1968. This success was not anticipated nor the primary goal of the group as half were school teachers and the other half experimental jazz enthusiasts who simply enjoyed playing together.

The band was put "on hold" following the death of Tommy Purvis in 1969.

Odell Brown - Organ
Artee Payne - Tenor Sax, Alto Sax & Flute
Tommy Purvis - Tenor Sax
Curtis Prince - Drums
Master Henry Gibson - Congas

(Supplemented by numerous Chess & Cadet Records session players such as Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield and Odel's wife Barbara).
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Albums

LP-775 Raising The Roof — Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Raising The Roof (Album) Cadet LP-775 US 1966 Sell This Version
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LP 800, LPS-800 Ducky — Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Ducky (Album) Cadet, Cadet LP 800, LPS-800 US 1967 Sell This Version
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MAR S-3101 (LPS-788) Mellow Yellow — Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Mellow Yellow (Album) Cadet MAR S-3101 (LPS-788) Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

5591 No More Water In The Well / The Look Of Love — Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Odell Brown & The Organizers* No More Water In The Well / The Look Of Love Cadet 5591 US 1967 Sell This Version
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5570 Mellow Yellow / Quiet Village — Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Mellow Yellow / Quiet Village Cadet 5570 US 1967 Sell This Version
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5624 The Weight / Think About It — Odell Brown & The Organ-izers Odell Brown & The Organizers* The Weight / Think About It (Single) Cadet 5624 US 1968 Sell This Version