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Lowrey electronic organ (1970s)

The Lowrey organ is an electronic organ named after Chicago industrialist Frederick Lowrey.[1]

During the 1960s and 1970s, Lowrey was the largest manufacturer of electronic organs in the world.[1] In 1989, the Lowrey Organ Company produced their 1,000,000th organ.[2] In the present day, they are built in LaGrange Park, Illinois.

Most notably, the Lowrey organ differs from the Hammond Organ (which also bears the name of its Chicago-based inventor) in its incorporation of "automatic accompaniment" features. While originally intended for the home entertainment market, it was also used by some rock groups in the 1960s and 1970s, most notably The Beatles, on songs such as "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." In the song, Paul McCartney uses a Lowrey DSO Heritage Deluxe organ for the harpsichord-like opening.[3] Garth Hudson, the keyboardist of The Band, played a Lowrey Festival organ on many of the group's most notable songs.[4] Its sound can be heard prominently on the 1968 recording of "Chest Fever," which begins with a Bach-inspired prelude/intro. [5] A rather surprising use of a Lowrey Organ, on a percussive "marimba repeat" setting - was the synthesizer-like background noise on The Who song "Baba O'Riley". And Mike Ratledge of the Soft Machine switched from a Vox Continental to a Lowrey Holiday Deluxe sometime between late 1966 and early 1967, and used it from then on, adding a fuzzbox and plugging it into a Marshall stack. To prevent feedback in the silences between notes (consequence of playing at a very high volume), Ratledge invented a style of his own avoiding the between-note gaps by soloing in legato.


  1. ^ a b "History of tradename". Musical Instrument Technicians Association. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-27.  
  2. ^ "Music Trades". 1989-07-01. Retrieved 2008-07-20.  
  3. ^ Babiuk, Andy; Mark Lewisohn, Tony Bacon (2002). Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments, from Stage to Studio (Second Revised Edition ed.). London: Backbeat Books(Outline Press). pp. 202–203. ISBN 0-87930-731-5.  
  4. ^ Doerschuk, Bob (December 1983). "Garth Hudson: Legendary Organist with '60s Supergroup 'The Band'". Keyboard Magazine.  
  5. ^ Johnson, Brian D. (July 22, 2002). "Garth Hudson (Profile)". Maclean's Magazine.  

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