09-08-2004, 01:47 PM
Just a Sad note to say that on September 3, 2004 the creator of the Leslie Speaker Passed away in his home!
09-08-2004, 05:57 PM
And I'll bet there was an angel playing through a Leslie as he walked through the Gates. Heaven would not be complete without one.
And I don't think popular organ music of today would be the same without his have passed through. Someone besides Laurens Hammond might have made an electric/electronic organ
at an affordable price, there were several on the way; but I think the rotor horn and divider were unique manifestations of creative genius. Good-bye Don, Glad you could stop for a while.
09-09-2004, 01:19 AM
Wow Lee I had no heard that. That really is a shame. I will think of him everytime that I use my 145 in my room here....
09-09-2004, 04:33 PM
I know Gospel music would not be what it is today if not for the Leslie Speaker!
09-10-2004, 01:36 AM
Here is the Obit from a tech I know:
Donald James Leslie
LESLIE-Donald James Leslie, Born Danville, Illinois, April 13, 1911, Passed away September 2 at home at the age of 93. Parents were Benjamin Franklin Leslie, and Lucy Keller Leslie. Preceeded in death by his sisters Dorothy, Helen, Eva, Mary and brother Robert Joseph. He is survived by Carolyn, his wife of 48 years, daughter Jeanine, sons Scott and James, six grandchildren, and sister Mary Elizabeth Grime. The Le slie family moved to southern California in 1913, settling in Glendale. Donald went to Glendale schools, and graduated from Glendale Union High School in 1929. Acquired knowledge in mechanics, radio, electronics, metals while working at various jobs, including employment at Naval Research Laboratories in Washington D.C. during WWII. Had considerable interest in music, mostly piano and pipe organ. At the introduction of the Hammond Organ in the early thirties, he invented a unique speaker system, which was c alled the "Leslie Speaker". used on Hammond and other electronic organs by which he became rather famous worldwide. He established Electro Music, in Pasadena and manufactured the Leslie Speaker there for over forty years. CBS acquired his company in 1965, and it became one of the first units of CBS Musical Instruments. The popularity of his speaker invention earned him several awards, including one from Hammond in 1978 that stated "Donald J. Leslie - In recognition of his outstanding contribution and dedica tion in making the Hammond-Leslie sound responsible for creating the organ industry". This speaker invention led to about fifty patents in the musical field, some of which changed the way in which some music was presented. Other patents awarded to him included radio control of model trains, control and clorination systems for swimming pools. He was a long time resident of Pasadena, and Altadena, and a member of Annandale Golf Club for many years. His hobbies included Tennis, Music, Model railroads, and Fly ing private aircraft around the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Family and friends are welcome for a celebration of life for Don at the Leslie residence in Altadena Saturday, September 11th beginning at 4:30. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Don's memory can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, VA 22038-1132. CABOT & SONS, PASADENA DIRECTORS
Published in the Pasadena Star-News on 9/5/2004.
09-10-2004, 03:04 PM
A contributor on another forum suggests that at 4:30pm pacific time tomorrow (Sat. sept 11, 2004), the date of the private memorial service, We all turn on our Leslies and play the most beautiful chord we know for one minute. I Think I will play Sir Arthur Sullivan's old standard "The Lost Chord". Anybody who can, Join us.
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