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OBITUARY: Dr. Lonnie Smith (1942-2021)

Lonnie Smith, who added a Dr. in front of his name to differentiate himself from organist Lonnie Liston Smith and whose funk-driven organ in the 1960s was a key ingredient in many different soul-jazz combos, died on September 28. He was 79. In addition to his invented moniker, Lonnie’s turban, by his own admission, had no religious significance…


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