He was born in Lackawanna, New York, into a family with a vocal group and radio program. Smith says that his mother was a major influence on him musically, as she introduced him to gospel, classical, and jazz music. He was part of several vocal ensembles in the 1950s, including the Teen Kings. Art Kubera, the owner of a local music store, gave Smith his first organ, a Hammond B3. Dr. Lonnie Smith has played with Melvin Sparks, Lou Donaldson, Lee Morgan, George Benson just to name a few. This interview was enlighting , informative and just plan fun. He has a great since of humor and stories that will leave you laughing. When you think of Hammond B3 organist he is on top of the list along with Jack Mcduff and Jimmy Smith. This interview was done 12/29/13
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