Mike Finnigan

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Mike Finnigan (born Michael Kelly Finnigan, April 26, 1945, Troy, Ohio, United States) is an American keyboard player and vocalist, his speciality being the Hammond Organ.

Life and career[edit]

He attended University of Kansas on a basketball scholarship.

Finnigan has toured and sessioned for Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Sam Moore, Crosby Stills and Nash, Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, Manhattan Transfer, Taj Mahal, Michael McDonald, Maria Muldaur, Peter Frampton, Cher, Ringo Starr, Leonard Cohen, Tower of Power, Rod Stewart, David Coverdale, Tracy Chapman, Los Lonely Boys, and Bonnie Raitt. He recorded two solo records in the 1970s, one with Jerry Wood. He later collaborated with two other Columbia Artists, Les Dudek and Jim Krueger, with whom he formed DFK (Dudek, Finnigan, and Krueger) in 1978. More recently, his work featured on the CD by The Finnigan Brothers (NashFilms Records), a collaboration with his younger brother Sean and founding member of Bread, Robb Royer.

He is twice a winner of a Blues Music Award (formerly W.C. Handy Award) for his work with Taj Mahal as a member of the Phantom Blues Band.[1][2]

Finnigan has always been active politically and was, for several years, a regular contributor to the weblog Crooks and Liars.[3]

In 2013 and 2014, Finnigan was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Pinetop Perkins Piano Player' category.[4][5]

He has been married to Candy Finnigan nee: Howse (Intervention) for forty years. They have two children, Bridget and Kelly. The Finnigans live in Southern California.

Political activism[edit]

Finnigan is an active blogger, with a fondness for liberal/progressive causes and commentary. He has received criticism over a number of years for banning and blocking FB posters, who post dissenting opinions on his page.[6][7]

Selected discography[edit]

  • 1968: The Serfs - "Early Bird Cafe"
  • 1968: Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
  • 1970: The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood - The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood
  • 1972: Finnigan & Wood - Crazed Hipsters
  • 1976: Mike Finnigan - Mike Finnigan
  • 1977: Peter Frampton - I'm In You
  • 1978: Mike Finnigan - Black & White
  • 1978: Les Dudek - Ghost Town Parade
  • 1980: Dudek, Finnigan, Krueger - DFK
  • 1994: Crosby, Stills & Nash - After The Storm
  • 2000: Tracy Chapman - Telling Stories
  • 2006: Keb' Mo' - Suitcase
  • 2007: Joe Cocker - Hymn For My Soul
  • 2010: Imus Ranch Record II - Part Time Love (with the Phantom Blues Band)
  • 2011: Finnigan & Wood - It's Only A Rock and Roll Show (recorded 1971, previously unreleased)
  • 2012: Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
  • 2013: Eric Burdon - 'Til Your River Runs Dry


  1. ^ "Past Blues Music Awards (2001) - 22nd W.C. Handy Blues Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Past Blues Music Awards (1994) - 15th W.C. Handy Blues Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  3. ^ Amato, John. "Crooks and Liars". Crooks and Liars. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  5. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Blues.about.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Mike Finnigan". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 

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