Brian Auger, born on July 18, 1939 in London, is a jazz and rock keyboardist, who has specialised in playing the Hammond Organ. He is considered to be one of the most influential keyboardists of all time. His mentor was famous organist Jimmy Smith.
In 1965 he founded the group Steampacket along with Julie Driscoll, Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry. With Driscoll and the band Trinity he went on to produce several hit singles, notably a cover of David Ackles' Road to Cairo and This Wheel's on Fire, a Bob Dylan song. In the 70s his star began to fade slowly, as he was working on several unsuccessful projects. Modestly successful albums he recorded with blues rock greats like Eric Burdon in the 80s at least showed that he is still an artist to be reckoned with. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Auger [Dec 2005]
Brian Auger is a British jazz-rock organist. In 1962, he was leading the Brian Auger Trio, which evolved by 1964 into the five-piece Brian Auger Trinity, and then into Steampacket.
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