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April 7, 1990 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ernestine Calhoun Hayden, organist at St. Malachy Roman Catholic Church for nearly 40 years, died Sunday at the Sacred Heart Free Home for Incurable Cancer, Hunting Park Avenue and York Road. She was 64. She was a native of St. Augustine, Fla., and attended Xavier University in New Orleans on a music scholarship. In the early 1950s, she and her husband, James S. Hayden, moved to North Philadelphia, where Mrs. Hayden joined St. Malachy's church and soon became its organist and, for several years, choir director.
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October 4, 2006 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul Richardson, 74, whose 36 years of organ music was as much a part of Philadelphia baseball as the Phanatic's antics or Harry Kalas' voice, died of prostate cancer Monday at home in Wilmington. Starting in 1970, Mr. Richardson wowed more than 70 million fans at 3,000 Phillies games in three stadiums when he played such favorites as the tarantella, "Hava Nagila" and, for seventh-inning stretches, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game. " "Paul had a great sense of timing and a feel for the game of baseball," Phillies president David Montgomery said yesterday.
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October 16, 1988 | By Bob Tulini, Special to The Inquirer
The members of St. Mary's Church in Gloucester City had several reasons to celebrate last Sunday. First, the Roman Catholic parish celebrated the 100th anniversary of its church building on Monmouth and Atlantic Streets. The parish, the oldest in the Diocese of Camden, was also marking the 140th anniversary of its formation. And the church was honoring its organist and choir leader, Marguerite Girard, for 65 years of service. Current and former parishioners and clergy celebrated the occasions with several ceremonies.
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December 17, 1999 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
The Bynam Brothers thought they had the quintessential Philadelphia music talent to ring in the New Year at Zanzibar Blue. But soul-jazz organist Charles Earland has decided to play his refrains for a higher power. Friday night, after a gig at the Jazz Museum in Kansas City, the 58- year-old musician returned to his hotel, fell asleep and never woke again. Influenced by fellow Philadelphian Jimmy McGriff and Camden-native Richard "Groove" Holmes, Earland became a like-celebrant of gritty, good time, gospel-influenced jazz, dominated by their Hammond B-3 organs.
SPORTS
October 14, 2008 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nancy Bea Hefly is one of the great treasures in baseball. Nancy Bea, organist at Dodger Stadium for the last 21 years, knew this about last night's National League Championship Series Game: At 5:02 p.m., she would be playing "Cabaret. " It suited the mood, she said, after the Dodgers won Game 3. After that . . . she was riffing. "I play off the top of my head," said Nancy Bea, who has over 2,000 songs in her head. She doesn't use a songbook. "When I first started, they wanted me to come in with a list.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2000 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What was Joey DeFrancesco thinking, putting out a record of songs that sound as if they belong on The Sopranos, or a mob movie? The latest record for the Hammond B-3 organ specialist, who has been recording since he was a 17-year-old prodigy, is titled Joey DeFrancesco's Goodfellas (Concord). Among the songs on the record are these: "Tarantella," "O Solo Mio" and "Speak Softly Love," the theme from The Godfather. Fuhgeddaboudit. Or something like that. "It's something I've wanted to do for a while," he said.
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January 23, 1990 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Hannibal H. "Hank" Wilson, faithful organist of the King David Baptist Church and a man who made a mission out of lightening the load of others, died yesterday. He was 64 and lived in South Philadelphia. Hank Wilson played organ at his church for 38 years. In the last 20 years, he missed only one Sunday. He played for the 11 a.m. service and again at 4 p.m. For about 15 years, he also played when his church had a Sunday night service on WCAM radio. Originally from South Hill, Va., Wilson graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia and later attended a music school in New York.
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October 20, 1991 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
Carlo Curley, an American organist who has performed internationally, is to be the featured performer at a concert beginning at 7:30 tonight at Drexel Hill Baptist Church. Curley will perform on the new Allen Digital Computer Organ at the church, State Road and Childs Avenue, Drexel Hill. Admission is a $3 minimum donation, and a nursery will be provided. Nicole Laing, music director for the church, said the concert, which is expected to last about an hour, was to dedicate the organ.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 1990 | By Charles W. Bell, New York Daily News
If he were starting over, says John Walker, director of music and organist at Manhattan's celebrated Riverside Church, he is not sure he would choose the same profession. That's how gloomily he views the plight and prospects for church organists. "There are churches trying to hire them for as little as $100 a week," Walker says. Make that $45, says Craig Williams, the head of the Brooklyn chapter of the American Guild of Organists. "The situation is not too good, to put it mildly.
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April 9, 1997 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joseph K. Rykaczewski, 86, organist and choral director for St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Camden since 1941, died Saturday at Indian River Memorial Hospital, in Vero Beach, Fla., while visiting his son. He had been a Cherry Hill resident for the last 10 years. He previously resided in Camden for 55 years. He was born and raised in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia. Mr. Rykaczewski, affectionately known as the "Professor," developed an intense interest in liturgical hymns when he was a youngster.
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July 12, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Eleanor Crane's friends got older, some cut back on involvement in community groups, such as the Garden Club and International Women's Club. But not Crane. She has presided over Long Beach Island clubs, raised three children - Jan, Susan, and Charles - and still plays a mean mah-jongg ("Oh, I love mah-jongg," she said. "It's the greatest thing. It's a challenging game. ") The retired nurse is itching to get an upcoming hip replacement and heart surgery done - as long as it doesn't interfere with her final organ performance at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Barnegat Light.
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May 14, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margaret Rittmayer Rieck, 80, of Burlington City, a former organist for Catholic and Lutheran churches in Camden, died of dementia on Thursday, May 7, at Burlington Woods, an assisted living facility. Born in Camden, Mrs. Rieck graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1956 at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, now part of the University of the Arts. Mrs. Rieck ran her own music studio in Paulsboro in the late 1950s, offering voice and piano lessons, her daughter, Noreen Nixon, said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2015 | By David R. Stampone, For The Inquirer
The preeminent Philadelphia instrument? How about the organ? Its legacy runs deep. Consider: the world's largest operational pipe organ, the Wanamaker "King of Organs," right here in Center City since 1911; Girard College Chapel's prized Aeolian-Skinner organ, worked magically by avant-garde jazz iconoclast John Zorn just last May; and much more. On Wednesday night at World Café Live, a free concert called "Home Cooking: Celebrating the Philadelphia Jazz Organ Tradition" focused on the Hammond B-3. The number of soul-jazz B-3 masters from Philly has been staggering: Jimmy McGriff, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts, Joey DeFrancesco, and more.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
PHILADELPHIA'S reputation as a center of gospel music owed much to people like Irma Beattie Brown Coleman. Irma and the late David Collier formed United Gospel Singers, which performed at churches throughout the Philadelphia area and in other cities on the East Coast in the '60s and '70s. Among her innovations was the introduction of young boys and girls as soloists at well-attended gospel programs, many at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church on South Broad Street. She organized numerous other gospel groups over the years and served as a teacher seeking to bring out the nascent talents of young singers.
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January 24, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harry Wilkinson, 92, of Philadelphia, a longtime music professor, organist, and church musician, died Thursday, Jan. 15, of congestive heart failure at his home. Born in Saginaw, Mich., in 1922, he had a long and distinguished career as an organist and church musician, Yale organ curator Joseph Dzeda said in an online remembrance. "A gifted improviser at the organ, he began his early studies at age 12 with Harry C. Banks, Girard College organist," Dzeda said on www.wanamakerorgan.com , the website of Friends of the Wanamaker Organ.
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December 8, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Conductor David Charles Abell is far too urbane to be a musical Santa Claus at the Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular, now running at the Kimmel Center. But pops, classical, and theater music are all of a piece in the life of this 56-year-old conductor who grew up in Mount Airy, graduated from Germantown Friends School ('76), studied with Leonard Bernstein, and is based in London, where he conducts an array of concerts and West End shows. Q: Christmas concerts can be so many things to so many people.
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October 15, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BACK IN the 1980s, City Hall workers and others in the vicinity could take their lunches to the nearby Arch Street Presbyterian Church and listen to Esther Wideman at the organ. The once-a-week noon concerts were free and part of Esther's contribution to the cultural life of her adopted city. She was the organist and director of music at the church. Esther's passion for the organ took her all over Europe, where she could listen to the music of famous organs, mostly in ancient churches, and get to play many of them herself.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Winslow Township man who was an organist at several South Jersey churches has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted at least four male juveniles, authorities say. Joseph Cuthbert, 71, was arrested at his home Sunday after an apparent victim stepped forward earlier in the day. The victim claimed abuse began in September. An investigation found other victims who claimed the man had assaulted them over the last 30 years, Winslow police said. A police release initially said five total victims were located, but Detective Cary Robinson later said in an interview: "Right now we have four victims.
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July 19, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rodger W. Maro, 73, of Lindenwold, longtime organist for an Episcopal church and a Roman Catholic church, both in Camden County, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sunday, June 23, at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor. From 1998 "until he ended his time with us on Palm Sunday" 2013, Mr. Maro worked part-time as both choir director and organist at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in Chews Landing, the Rev. Margaret Sterchi, its rector, said Wednesday. She would pick the hymns for her services, she said, but "what he had more fun with" was arranging the music for the choir, five people strong.
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July 9, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LILLIAN M. Lewandowski did her part for the war effort during World War II. She made Raisinets for the troops. That's not as far-fetched as it might sound. Lillian had to forgo a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania because her work for the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Co. was deemed essential to the war effort. Lillian Lewandowski, who after the war worked as a secretary for lawyers, then the U.S. Customs Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency, and used her musical talents to teach piano and organ and peform at area churches, died June 22. She was 88. She lived in Bensalem but had lived for many years in Frankford.
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