2003 JANUARY 3 #003
In the world of Organ Grinder records there are many misses, but this album by Chris Anderson (who appears to prefer to just be called "Chris" as his stage name) gets me dancing around and tapping my toes. He'd make Lenny Dee mighty proud with his take on this classic song. The LP is a vanity pressing (no date, but I'm guessing from the late 70's) and features Chris on the Hammond Console Series 2300 and Model B-3 Organs.
Here's the text from the back cover of the album,
"In every young person's life there comes a time when a commitment must be made as to what they want to do with the rest of their life. From the foot tapping rhythm of the up tempo tunes to the tender emotion of the ballads, the listener can experience and realize the total commitment that has influenced Chris and his music from the beginning. Chris' natural talent reaches out to music lovers of all ages. His artistry and arrangements at the organ keyboard fascinate his listeners. The selections chosen for this album reflect the requests presented to Chris wherever he appears, whether in concert or in a personal appearance."
- Otis Fodder
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Some info on Chris... from Holland, Michigan. Chris played at a night club in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1974-75, made the album about that time. I heard he was something called "National Touring Artist" for Hammond. My group of friends and I went to hear Chris play several times a week during his gig at the Pit Stop Lounge in Kalamazoo (1974-75ish). We also made several trips to see him play at the Sandy Pines Restaurant in Holland, Michigan (more 1976). Chris lived in Holland with his parents. I think they owned a marina. His brother Kurt played drums. Kurt was in the Coast Guard, lost in Lake Michigan sometime between 1974 and 1978. Chris was so much fun!!! A great personality on and off stage. There are several more copies of his record around, because everyone in our group bought one. I still have mine.
Eugene Hopstetter Jr. writes:
oh. my. god. I thought I was the only other human on the planet with a copy of that Chris record. Heck, I thought there only was one copy. Me, I'd have digitized "Goofus," but I'm not gonna split hairs, ya know? We may now behold the wondrous birth of the Official Chris Fan Club, only 25 years after he released his Magnum Opus.
Adam Mansfield writes:
Holy shit! I have that record too. I bought it at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Topeka, KS. I used to work at a bar in Lawrence, KS that had a turntable behind the bar. The bartender had control of the music all night. Occasionally I would throw Chris on, if the right people were there, you know, the ones who could appreciate his artistic genius. I am glad you included the blurb from the cover. That is one of the reasons why I bought the record in the first place.