On July 3, 1973 Laurens Hammond, the inventor of the Hammond organ, died at age 73.
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Under normal circumstances this would be a pretty big deal in the world of music history. After all, the Hammond sound can be hear all over rock classics like Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," Boston's "Smokin'" and Booker T & the M.G.'s "Green Onions."
But two far bigger names in music died on that same day, so poor Hammond is destined to always play a supporting role -- kinda like his organs.
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