Monday, December 17, 2007

George Conedy at the Hammond Organ - Merry Soul Christmas (circa 1972?)

Here's a nice instrumental LP that mixes holiday treacle with some deep soul.
At first, hearing George Conedy's organ puts me in mind of similar efforts from Booker T. and the MG's, but the overall sound here is understandably just a little bit more churchy - - and perhaps pleasantly less polished in places.

It's sincere, is what it is...

...AND it includes a smoky (if misspelled) version of Duke Pearson's 'Christo Redentor'.

The original album was issued on a gospel imprint of the Kent Records label out of L.A.

Judging by other matrix numbers near to this one, a guesstimate would place its release around 1972, give or take a year or so.

Back cover liner notes give a bit of info on George Conedy... ➤

(click on bio to ENLARGE text) ➤

Some web searching turns up very little else on Mr. Conedy, except for a page about
The Antelope Valley Inter-Denominational Crusade Choir.

Their information places him in the choir's backing band as recently as 1997, at their 2nd anniversary concert held at Highland High School in Palmdale, CA.

(Addendum, 7/2/08; Information has recently come through via a family member that George Conedy passed away "a few years ago".)

Musicians on this recording:
George Conedy - Hammond organ, piano
Horace “Hawk” Jones - bass
Elliott McKenzie - drums
Joe Youngblood - guitar

From George Conedy's 'Merry Soul Christmas' LP
(Kent Records, circa 1972?),
Listen to:

Come All Ye Faithful
Away In A Manger
We Three Kings
Christo Redento
Drummer Boy
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
White Christmas
The Christmas Song
Silent Night

(click for audio)

- - OR download all 9 tracks in one 38.7 Mb zipfile.

(click to ENLARGE ⬆)


Devil Dick said...

silent night sounds like a lost track from the original carnival of souls soundtrack! it gave me the x-mas creeps!
this is why i keep coming back here!

The King of Jingaling said...

Thanks! Great stuff.

Vincent the Soul Chef said...

Hello. I'm dropping by via Funky 16 Corners. Looks great. I'm looking forward to reading further.

Hope you're having a nice holiday and may the new year bring you...

Peace and blessings.

Private Beach said...

Is the Joe Youngblood who plays guitar here any relation to Lonnie Youngblood whom Jimi Hendrix recorded with?

The In Crowd said...

Dear Private Beach:

Re-Joe & Lonnie Youngblood - - The short answer is I don't know, but I'm not seeing any evidence to support the idea that they're related.

Youngblood wasn't Lonnie's real name - - he was born Lonnie Thomas in Augusta, GA, and it looks like he was primarily an East Coast musician. It would appear that Joe worked the West Coast.

In an interview with Lonnie I found online, he talks of his background and his career leading up to working with Hendrix. He mentions hard times as a kid and yearning for his first sax. No mention of a brother or other musicians in the family.

Jukeboxmafia said...

I realize that I'm arriving a bit late to the party on this one, but I had to mention that I have seen another Christmas album with this exact same photograph, except that Santa is white! Very strange...

Anonymous said...

I love this man's music it's like no other and no other shall replace him. He is my uncle, Uncle George. My mother's younger brother. Thanks for having his music available online. We lost his this album years ago and now it is available to the younger generation of Conedy's. Yes, the cover of his album has a white santa claus. Thanks again and God bless you. D. Simpson-Conedy RIP Uncle George!

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