Dr. Lonnie Smith was an American jazz Hammond B3 organist who passed away on September 28, 2021, at the age of 79, tributes are pouring in on social media. His death was confirmed by the Blue Note Records on Twitter and it reads “We’re deeply saddened to announce that Hammond B3 organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith passed away today at 79 years old,” and added, “Doc was one of the funkiest & most inventive organists to ever walk the earth & we were proud to bring this remarkable man’s joyous music to fans all over the world.” Later, Ted Gioia paid tribute on Twitter, he wrote “RIP jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, dead at age 79. An undisputed master of the Hammond organ, Smith started his career with Blue Note Records in the 1960s, and returned to the label 5 years ago—and was named a NEA Jazz Master in 2017. A remarkable career.”
How Rich was Dr. Lonnie Smith?
Dr. Lonnie Smith Net Worth
$3 Million USD
Dr. Lonnie Smith is a musician, composer, performer, and recording artist. He was born on July 3, 1942, in Lackawanna, New York, he was 79 years old during his time of death. His family was a vocal group, his mother influenced him to the musical world. In the 1950s, Smith was part of several vocal ensembles which include Teen Kings, Grover Washington Jr, and many more. Lonnie Smith received his first organ a Hammond B3 from Art Kubera, who was the owner of a local music store. Later, he moved to New York City and met George Benson who is an American Guitarist for Jack McDuff’s band and they formed the George Benson Quartet, featuring Lonnie Smith, in 1966. Later, Smith and Benson released two albums It’s Uptown and Cookbook, and in 1967 Smith released his first solo album titled Finger-Lickin’ Good Soul Organ. As a solo recording artist, Smith recorded over 30 albums under his name and performed live with prominent jazz artists such as Lee Morgan, David “Fathead” Newman, King Curtis, Terry Bradds, Blue Mitchell, Joey DeFrancesco, and Joe Lovano. In 1967, Lonni Smith recorded Alligator Bogaloo for Blue Note Records and singed the next four albums with Blue Note – Think!, Turning Point, Move Your Hand, and Drives. In 1971, he recorded one album for Creed Taylor’s CTI label, and then he became a part of the Blue Note family in March 2015. Following next, Smith released his first Blue Note album in 45 years titled Evolution, and his second Blue Note album All in My Mind was recorded live at “The Jazz Standard” in NYC.
The estimated Net Worth of Dr. Lonnie Smith was around $3 Million USD.
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