Johnny “Hammond” Smith (born John Robert Smith), also known since 1971 as Johnny Hammond, was an American soul jazz and hard bop organist born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 16, 1933 and who died in Chicago on June 4, 1997.
This Track is produced by the genious Mizell Brothers. The Mizell Brothers were a highly influential production team in the 1970s, consisting of Larry and Alphonzo Mizell.
The brothers started out as members of Motown’s production team The Corporation™ and were responsible for the Jackson Five’s early hits, including ‘I Want You Back’ and ‘ABC’. In the early seventies Larry and Fonce Mizell moved to California to start their own company Sky High Productions. They went on to produce albums for Blue Note with Donald Byrd (Black Byrd, 1972), Bobbi Humphrey (Blacks & Blues, 1973) and Johnny “Hammond” Smith (Gears, 1975) that set the tone for fusion and the era. They also recorded with the group L.T.D releasing and writing the best seller ‘Love Ballad’.
The Mizell Brother are one of the best producers ever, if you didn’t already know.