April 7, 1990 |
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.
October 4, 2006 |
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.
October 16, 1988 |
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.
December 17, 1999 |
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.
October 14, 2008 |
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.
February 18, 2000 |
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.
January 23, 1990 |
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.
October 20, 1991 |
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.
September 22, 1990 |
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.
April 9, 1997 |
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.