DIE HAMMOND-ORGEL WAR SEIN LEBEN: LONNIE SMITH STARB MIT 79 JAHREN
- Oct 01, 2021
Lonnie Smith began his musical career in the sixties and first gained prominence when he co-founded the George Benson Quartet in 1966. At that time he played mainly Rhythm & Blues, but from 1967 onwards he shifted more to Jazz on his solo LPs. Benson remained his musical companion for years. In the mid-seventies, he integrated more and more current trends into his music, played Soul, Funk and Disco, and lent his skills to popular acts like Gladys Knight or Etta James. Until shortly before his death, Lonnie Smith was active, recording his own albums (the last one, BREATHE, was released in 2021) and appearing on albums by Jazz, Blues and Soul musicians. Lonnie Smith died of lung disease on September 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 79.