Johnny Hammond

Johnny Hammond

Real Name:
John Robert Smith
Profile:
Born on December 16, 1933, became known as Johnny 'Hammond' Smith in the mid-50s as he emerged as an organ player to avoid confusion with the guitarist John Smith and the more famous organist Jimmy Smith.
He dropped the Smith part of his name when he signed for Kudu in 1971.
Johnny died on June 4, 1997.

(from Wikipedia):
Biography
Smith played with Paul Williams and Chris Columbo before forming his own group. His bands featured singers Etta Jones, Byrdie Green, saxophonists Houston Person, Earl Edwards, guitarists Eddie McFadden, Floyd Smith, James Clark, vibist Freddie McCoy. His career took off as he was serving as accompanist to singer Nancy Wilson. One of his last accomplishments also included Nancy Wilson. He wrote the song "Quiet Fire" for her "Nancy Now" release in 1989.

After a 10-year spell on Prestige Records throughout the 60s resulting in a series of albums, he signed for soul/R&B influenced Kudu imprint of the well-regarded CTI Records label in 1971. His first album for CTI, "Breakout" was chosen that year to launch Kudu. The album featured Grover Washington Jr. as a sideman prior to the launch of his career as a solo recording artist. Three further albums followed on Kudu, as he decided to refer to himself as "Johnny Hammond", after deciding to drop "Smith" from his name.

His style had become increasingly funky as he adapted to the style changes in music, culminating in two popular albums with the Mizell Brothers, "Gambler's Life" (1974) for the CTI offshoot, Salvation Records (US) and then in 1975, "Gears" after switching to another jazz label, Milestone Records. He began using electric and acoustic pianos, starting with "Gambler's Life", in addition to his signature instrument. Hammond's song "Shifting Gears" was featured on the breakbeat compilation Ultimate Breaks and Beats, and was also featured in the soundtrack of the 2006 video game Driver: Parallel Lines as well.

Smith also taught at the Cal Poly Pomona music department for several years, beginning in January 1987.
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Johnny Hammond Discography

Albums

ALP-1200, LP 1200 Johnny Smith* Have You Heard Johnny Smith(LP) Arrow Records (7), Arrow Records (7) ALP-1200, LP 1200 US 1958 Sell This Version
W2003 Johnny Smith* Imagination(LP) Warwick W2003 US 1959 Sell This Version
8229 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* That Good Feelin'(LP, Album, Mono) New Jazz 8229 US 1959 Sell This Version
8221 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* All Soul(LP) New Jazz 8221 US 1959 Sell This Version
8241, NJLP 8241 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Talk That Talk (Album, Comp) New Jazz, New Jazz 8241, NJLP 8241 US 1960 Sell This Version
PR 7217, PRST 7217 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* With Lem Winchester Johnny "Hammond" Smith* With Lem Winchester - Gettin' The Message (Album) Prestige, Prestige PR 7217, PRST 7217 US 1961 Sell This Version
PR 7203 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Stimulation(LP, Album, Mono) Prestige PR 7203 US 1961 Sell This Version
PR 7239 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* & Willis Jackson Johnny "Hammond" Smith* & Willis Jackson - Johnny "Hammond" Smith Cooks With Gator Tail (Album) Prestige PR 7239 US 1962 Sell This Version
RS 9496 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* A Little Taste (Album) Riverside Records RS 9496 US 1963 Sell This Version
RM 482 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Open House (Album) Riverside Records RM 482 US 1963 Sell This Version
RM 442 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Black Coffee (Album) Riverside Records RM 442 US 1963 Sell This Version
RM 9466 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Mr. Wonderful(LP, Mono) Riverside Records RM 9466 US 1963 Sell This Version
NJ 8288 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* With Seldon Powell Johnny "Hammond" Smith* With Seldon Powell - Look Out(LP, Album) Prestige, New Jazz NJ 8288 US 1963 Sell This Version
PR 7408 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* The Stinger (Album) Prestige PR 7408 US 1965 Sell This Version
RS 7420 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Opus De Funk (Album) Prestige RS 7420 US 1966 Sell This Version
PR 7464 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* With Byrdie Green Johnny "Hammond" Smith* With Byrdie Green - The Stinger Meets The Golden Thrush(LP, Album, Mono) Prestige PR 7464 US 1966 Sell This Version
PR 7482 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Love Potion #9(LP, Album, Mono) Prestige PR 7482 US 1967 Sell This Version
7494 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Ebb Tide (Album) Prestige, MPS Records 7494 US 1967 Sell This Version
PR 7588, 7588, PRST 7588 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Nasty! (Album) Prestige, Prestige, Prestige PR 7588, 7588, PRST 7588 US 1968 Sell This Version
PR 7549 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Soul Flowers (Album) Prestige PR 7549 US 1968 Sell This Version
PR 7564 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Dirty Grape(LP, Album) Prestige PR 7564 US 1968 Sell This Version
PR 7681 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Soul Talk (Album) Prestige PR 7681 US 1969 Sell This Version
PR 7736 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Black Feeling! (Album) Prestige PR 7736 US 1970 Sell This Version
10002, PR 10002, PRST 10002 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* Here It 'Tis (Album) Prestige, Prestige, Prestige 10002, PR 10002, PRST 10002 US 1970 Sell This Version
PR 10015 Johnny "Hammond" Smith* What's Going On (Album) Prestige PR 10015 US 1971 Sell This Version