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Odell Brown & The Organ-izers

R&B/Soul and Jazz
A.k.a. Odell Brown, Artee ‘Duke’ Payne, Curtis Prince, Henry Gibson, Tommy Purvis

Initially formed in 1961, when the members were students at Tennessee State A&M University, the group broke up when Brown was drafted but reformed in Chicago in 1964. Between 1964 and 1969 Odell Brown & the Organ-izers recorded three LP’s and three 45’s (one non-LP) on Cadet Records. They won the prestigious "Billboard Magazine Award" for best new group in 1966 and Billboard jazz award in 1968. This success was not anticipated nor the primary goal of the group as half were school teachers and the other half experimental jazz enthusiasts who simply enjoyed playing together. The band was put "on hold" following the death of Tommy Purvis in 1969. Odell Brown - Organ Artee Payne - Tenor Sax, Alto Sax & Flute Tommy Purvis - Tenor Sax Curtis Prince - Drums Master Henry Gibson - Congas (Supplemented by numerous Chess & Cadet Records session players such as Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield and Odel's wife Barbara).

PortraitHenry Gibson
cng, perc
PortraitOdell Brown
org 1940-2011 US
PortraitCurtis Prince
Tommy Purvis
ts, sax US
Artee Payne
ts, fl, sax US

Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
The Weight / Think About ItOdell Brown & The Organ-izers1968Single
Mellow Yellow / Quiet VillageOdell Brown & The Organ-izers1967Single
No More Water In The Well/The Look Of LoveOdell Brown & The Organ-izers1967Single
DuckyOdell Brown & The Organ-izers1967Album
Mellow YellowOdell Brown & The Organ-izers1967Album
Raising The RoofOdell Brown & The Organ-izers1966Album
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