Saturday, August 18, 2007

Ena Baga - Happy Hammond Plays Bacharach and Beatles

More Hammond goodness today...

Born Rosina Baga in 1906, Ena started her musical career as an movie-house organist in the golden age of silent movies. In 1932 she was invited to Balmoral, where she improvised music for Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush for George V and Queen Mary.

In the 1960s, Baga played a Hammond organ at Joe Lyons's corner house on Tottenham Court Road, and later at the Jolly Blacksmith at Fulwell. Baga updated her repertoire to suit the 1960s, and the new Hammond electric organ, performing tunes such as Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. She once she gave Oscar Peterson a masterclass on how play for silent film scenes. (thanks Wikipedia)

In this two-album set you can hear her background as a theatre organist. Lacking the finesse of Klaus Wunderlich on the keys, she brings a robust enthusiasm and forcefulness that defines her style.

01 - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
02 - With A Little Help From My Friends
03 - Here There and Everywhere
04 - Can't Buy Me Love
05 - World Without Love
06 - From Me To You
07 - Hey Jude
08 - Hard Day's Night
09 - Eleanor Rigby
10 - Michelle
11 - Yesterday
12 - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
13 - This Guy's In Love With You
14 - Anyone Who Had A Heart
15 - Wives And Lovers
16 - The Look Of Love
17 - Do You Know The Way To San Jose
18 - I Say A Little Prayer
19 - Close To You
20 - Always Something There To Remind Me
21 - Trains And Boats And Planes
22 - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
23 - I'm A Better Man

Ena Baga - Happy Hammond pt 1
Ena Baga - Happy Hammond pt 2

Ena Baga - Happy Hammond

Mr Snookles

p.s. Ena Baga was also referred to in the Goon Show episode "The Mighty Wurlitzer"

Grytpype: Neddie, Neddie, we've heard you play the organ and we don't think you have it.
Seagoon: Rubbish. Next to Reg Dixon I'm the greatest player in the world.
Moriarty: Nonsense, Ena Baga could play better than you.
Seagoon: I'd like to hear Ena Baga try it.
Moriarty: Little tone-deaf lad, I am an authority on organ playing. You haven't a hope in the world of becoming a great player.
Seagoon: What! (Sobs) Oh, what a terrible turribule shock, ten years I've studied organ playing in the Sahara and now... failure... and sunburn... I ask you... what can I do with my fifty-ton brass-bound organ?
Grytpype: May I make a suggestion?
Seagoon: (suspicious) What?

... to find out what Neddy Seagoon does with his fifty-ton brass-bound organ click here.