LOS ANGELES — Michael Finnigan, an American keyboard player and vocalist, known especially for playing the iconic Hammond B3 organ, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old.
Finnigan worked primarily as a freelance studio musician and touring player, and has played in a wide variety of musical genres that include pop, rock, blues and jazz. Notable acts Finnigan performed with include: Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Dave Mason, Joe Cocker, Dan Fogelberg, Ringo Starr, Maria Muldaur, James Ingraham, Tracy Chapman, Rod Stewart, John Hiatt, Leonard Cohen, Sam Moore, Curtis Salgado, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others.
As the news broke of Finnigan’s passing, also came the remembrance and condolences from performers and admirers across the music industry.
David Coverdale, of Whitesnake had this to say: “So very sad to hear the news of the passing of this fantastic man & incredible musician…I was honoured to work with him on my ‘Into The LIGHT’ album…Heartbreaking…”
Our own Dave McNair of Dave McNair Mastering recounted, “One of the greatest B-3 players of all time passed today. Never got to record him but we hung a few times and I saw him play live. A tragic loss.”
Finnigan is survived by his wife Candy, and two children Bridget and Kelly. Remembered by the rest of us fondly.