Space Truckin'

Ever get the urge to head bang to Deep Purple?


I do.

My dad played organ in a band called Uncle Wiggly's Rubber Band when he was a teenager, so I grew up listening to a lot of keyboard-based heavy rock: Deep Purple (Jon Lord on Hammond), The Doors (Ray Manzarek on Fender Rhodes), Emerson, Lake & Palmer (with the inimitable, "Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond" Keith Emerson), and Procol Harum (featuring Matthew Fisher who, incidentally, was just unawarded back royalties for the organ theme in "Whiter Shade of Pale").

Most memorable, or, perhaps most fanciful to a five-year-old girl: the rip-roaring organ solo in Del Shannon's Runaway, played by Max Crook on a heavily modified Clavioline which he called the Musitron.

I remember my dad gleefully playing that solo note for note on the organ, me and my little sister dancing crazily around the living room.