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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shay Torrent At The Hammond Organ

Shay Torrent At The Hammond Organ
Cover Photo Courtesy of Asco Sound Corporation
Mercury MG 20415

Apparently Torrent spent much of most of his long career as an organist working for The Chicago White Sox and The California Angels.

From the back cover: Remo Biondi plays guitar, violin and mandolin at various places in this album. The sound is solid since Remo worked 5 years with Gene Krupa's Orchestra as guitarist and arranger and has written music for movie productions and recordings. He is heard on recordings with many of the country's finest bands and vocalists, as well as his own orchestra.

From Billboard - August 29, 1959: Here's a sock package of swingy organ solos by Torrent at the Hammond Organ. Torrent plays a group of catchy standards and originals with a fine beat, including "By The Waters Of Minnetonka," "Poinciana," "Tiger Rag," "Caravan," etc. Good stereo sound values.

By The Waters Of Minnetonka - Indiana Love Song
Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)
Cherokee (Indian Love Song)
Cotton Pickin' Boogie
Little Brown Jug
William Tells All
Tiger Rag


  1. Shay Torrent was my teacher. He was an amazing musician and showman. I learned so much from him.

  2. I think my father collaborated with Shay on some recordings. Do you have more info on Shay or his family?

    1. Sorry, I do not have any additional info at this time.


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