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Eddie Layton

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Although reputable simply by aficionados of space age pop, Hammond organ virtuoso Eddie Layton was a lot more beloved simply by visitors to the home That Ruth Built, serving near four decades because the official organist at baseball’s landmark Yankee Stadium. Created Oct 19, 1925, in Philadelphia, Layton analyzed music as a kid, but majored in meteorology in university. After enlisting within the U.S. Navy during Globe Battle II, he 1st experienced the Hammond inside a Naval air flow train station in Linhurst, NJ, and his destiny was sealed. Following the battle Layton studied beneath the famous theater tube organist Jesse Crawford while operating the theatre circuit himself, ultimately landing a reliable gig at Radio Town Music Hall. Following that he worked well at CBS, 1st in radio and later on in tv — Layton was also within the Hammond payroll for over 50 years, touring music shops all over the world to show their organs. (By his personal estimate, he went to and performed in over 700 shops on five continents.) Undoubtedly, Layton became a saving artist aswell, putting your signature on to Mercury release a some jazzy easy hearing LPs, including Body organ Moods, Zero Blues upon this Sail, and Better Layton Than Under no circumstances. In 1967, 2 yrs after CBS bought the brand new York Yankees, Layton was provided the opportunity to serve because the ballpark’s organist. Understanding nothing about football and struggling to travel backwards and forwards towards the team’s 81 annual house games, he primarily rejected the invitation, but Yankee brass responded by guaranteeing a limousine would travel him to and from the stadium every day. Layton finally decided, and was initially asked to try out just between innings; during one Yankee reduction, however, he drawn out the older military trumpet contact “Charge!,” as well as the galvanizing melody was such popular with enthusiasts and execs that he gained a improve the pursuing day, with guidelines to try out at various instances throughout the video game. He originated other now-common ballpark musical cues within the decades to check out, included in this “The Mexican Hat Dance.” Ya Gotta Possess Heart, Layton’s last album, features a lot of his very best Yankee Stadium strikes. Through the 1970s, he also decided to offer accompaniment for the NBA’s Knicks as well as the NHL’s Rangers before whittling his plan exclusively towards the Yankees. He retired through the group in 2003, loss of life in NEW YORK on Dec 24, 2004.

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Full Name Eddie Layton
Died December 26, 2004, Forest Hills, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Organist
Education West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Music Songs The Trolley Song, Pretty As The Moon, You’ve Gotta Have Heart, Birth Of The Blues, The Stein Song, Twelfth Street Rag, By The Waters Of The Minnetonka, Coffee Foot Blues, Bring On The Yankees, Song of the Islands, The Perfect Song, Over The Waves, The Dypso Calypso, Bright Lights Of Brussels, Expo 1958, The Happy Organ, Hernando's Hideaway, Take Me Out To The Ball Game, Cruising Down the River, Mr. Lucky, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, My Melancholy Baby, Lawrence Welk Polka, Donkey Serenade, How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The After They've Seen Paree, The Waltz You Saved For Me, Heartaches, When The Organ Played At Twilight, Jersey Bounce, Three O' Clock in the Morning, Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, The Lady Is A Tramp / My Kind Of Town, Lady of Spain
Albums Great Organ Hits, Ya Gotta Have Heart, Organ Music for Christmas, Organ Moods, No Blues On This Cruise, Plays Lawrence Welk's Greatest Hits, Remember, Organic Classics, Hits by Eddie Layton, Essential Organ Music, Jammin, Do You Remember? Radio's Greatest Themes, Better Layton Than Ever, Summertime, In The Mood, Skatin' With Layton / Better Layton Than Ever, Caravan, Organ Music Greats, Great Organ Hits From - Four Original Stereo Albums, The Mighty Layton At The Wurlitzer, Hammond Organ, Organ Sounds and Percussion, Hot Noodles, Express Yourself, Organ Music In Hi-Fi, Days To Come, Organ King at the Old Yankee Stadium, I Love The Organ, Golden Hits, Golden Hits By Eddie Layton, Easily Stop Time, Take a Bow, Essential Hits, Birth of the Blues, Hits, Ida, I Love Paris
Movies For Love of the Game


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Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The American Ruling Class 2005 musician: keyboard / musician: wurlitzer
Love Is a Many Splendored Thing 1973 TV Series musical director - 1 episode
Where the Heart Is 1973 TV Series musical director - 1 episode
The Secret Storm 1954 TV Series musician: organ
Love of Life 1951 TV Series musical director - 1973-1974

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
For Love of the Game 1999 Yankee Stadium Organist

Composer

Composer

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing 1967 TV Series 1968-1973

Self

Self

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Late Night with David Letterman 1986 TV Series Himself

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