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Jimmy McGriff, Hammond B-3 Organ Virtuoso, Dies at 72

Jimmy McGriff, one of the last remaining giants who popularized the Hammond B-3 organ, died May 24th at a nursing home in New Jersey. He was 72. The cause was no t disclosed but was believed to have been heart failure. He had also suffered from multiple sclerosis.

McGriff, who always considered himself as much of a blues musician as a jazz player, came to prominence in 1962 when his instrumental interpretation of Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman” became a Top 20 pop hit and number 5 R&B on the Sue label. His album of the same name was also a success, reaching number 22 on the Billboard album chart.

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