On This Day (March 12)…Happy Birthday, Jürgen Fritz!

The German keyboardist Jürgen Fritz was born on this day in 1953. Retrieved from here. Fritz is best known as a member of the West German band Triumvirat. Triumvirat were a progressive, keyboard-driven band which existed in the 1970s. Fritz was the only consistent member in the band's history, appearing on all seven of the … Continue reading On This Day (March 12)…Happy Birthday, Jürgen Fritz!

On This Day (June 21)…Happy Birthday, Don Airey!

Don Airey onstage with Rainbow

The keyboardist and composer Donald Smith Airey was born on this day in 1948. Don Airey onstage with Rainbow. I've used this photo before to illustrate Airey and most certainly will again. Born in Sunderland to a family with a fair amount of interest in music, Airey began piano lessons with his father, a jazz … Continue reading On This Day (June 21)…Happy Birthday, Don Airey!

On This Day (June 11)…Happy Birthday, Hazel Scott!

The pianist, actress and activist Hazel Scott was born on this day in 1920. Retrieved from here. A bona fide child prodigy, Scott was raised primarily by her mother Alma, a pianist and piano teacher herself, after her father abandoned them. Alma's choice to move the family from Port Spain (a city on Trinidad and … Continue reading On This Day (June 11)…Happy Birthday, Hazel Scott!

On This Day (June 9)…Happy Birthday, Jon Lord!

The keyboardist and composer Jon Douglas Lord was born on this day in 1941. Jon Lord with the fourth lineup of Deep Purple. Retrieved from here. Born in Leicester, Lord came from a musical family, and was continuously exposed to music early on. He took classical piano from seven years old on and performed in … Continue reading On This Day (June 9)…Happy Birthday, Jon Lord!

On This Day (January 29)…Happy Birthday, Peter Baumann!

The keyboardist Peter Baumann was born on this day in 1953. Retrieved from here. Baumann was born in Berlin; his father was also a musician, while his mother was an actress. At the age of eighteen, Baumann joined Tangerine Dream. By his own admission, he could not even play keyboards at the time of his … Continue reading On This Day (January 29)…Happy Birthday, Peter Baumann!

On This Day (November 14)…Happy Birthday, Wendy Carlos!

You may not know her, but if you are a fan of the progressive rock of the 1970s, the synth-pop of the 1980s, the electronic dance-music of the 2000s or pretty much any music made by anyone with a keyboard, you owe her.Karla Peterson in a column about about Wendy Carlos. Retrieved from here. The … Continue reading On This Day (November 14)…Happy Birthday, Wendy Carlos!

On This Day (November 2)…Happy Birthday, Keith Emerson!

As one of rock 'n roll's most famous and most talented keyboardists, he work didn't just break boundaries, but smashed them like the man himself smashed Hammond organs onstage. He was one of the first keyboardists in rock 'n roll to act as a prominent fixture onstage. And as one of his final interviews reveals, he most wanted to be known as a composer. This is just a taste of the man that was Keith Noel Emerson, born on this day in 1944...