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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3][4]

Finnigan has always been active politically and was, for several years, a regular contributor to the weblog Crooks and Liars.[5]

In 2013 and 2014, Finnigan was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Pinetop Perkins Piano Player' category.[6][7]

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.[8][9]

Selected discography[edit]

  • 1969: The Early Bird Cafe ot the band The Serfs, Capitol Records
    • Like A Rolling Stone
    • Early Bird Cafe
    • Little Man
    • Evil Days
    • You've Been Talking 'Bout Me Baby
    • I'm A Man
    • Leda
    • All Blues
    • Time's Caught Up With You
    • Prologue: Mechanical Man[10]
  • 1968: Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
  • 1970: The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood - The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood
  • 1971: Hammond B3, Vocals[11] on the record Whirlwind of Tom Bolin.[12]
  • 1971: keyboards, vocals on the record How Hard It Is of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
  • 1972: Band Finnigan And Wood with record Crazed Hipsters[13]
    • Rock And Roll Show
    • Highway
    • Laughing Eyes
    • Tend To Your Own Business
    • Hard Times
    • Lady Lady
    • Death Letter
    • My, My, My
    • Don't Cry No More
    • Down In The Flood
  • 1976: Mike Finnigan - Mike Finnigan
  • 1977: Peter Frampton - I'm In You
  • 1978: Mike Finnigan - Black & White
  • 1978: Les Dudek - Ghost Town Parade
  • 1978: organ, vocals (background) for Ben Sidran on record A Little Kiss in the Night
  • 1979: The Dudek Finnigan Krueger Band, record Special Tour Sampler[14]
    • Gonna Move
    • Central Park
    • Expressway To Your Heart
    • Just One Minute More
    • The Words
    • Run For Cover
    • Trinidad
    • How Long Has It Been
    • Ghost Town Parade
    • Friend Of Mine
  • 1980 The Dudek Finnigan Krueger Band - DFK
    • Angels Fall
    • Just Like The Weather
    • Dinkin' Alone
    • I Know You're In There
    • It's All About You
    • Just Be Happy
    • That's Wrong
    • You Cut So Deep[15]
  • 1980: Member of the band Black Rose with Cher and Les Dudek[16]
  • 1981: Mike Finnigan with record Black & White, in USA at Columbia, in Netherlands at CBS
    • Just One Minute More
    • How Wrong Can You Be
    • The Words
    • Can't Keep A Secret
    • I Could Never Leave You
    • Sailfish
    • Expressway To Your Heart
    • Love Might Keep Us Forever
    • Let Me Love You
  • 1994: Crosby, Stills & Nash - After The Storm
  • 2000: Tracy Chapman - Telling Stories
  • 2004: Clavinet, hammond organl[17] für The Mooney Suzuki auf Alive & Amplified[18]
  • 2005: organ piano, vocals on DVD Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band Live In St. Lucia
  • 2006: organ, piano, vocals for The Phantom Blues Band, record Out of the Shadows
  • 2006: Keb' Mo' - Suitcase
  • 2007: Joe Cocker - Hymn For My Soul
  • 2007: organ, piano, vocals for The Phantom Blues Band, record Footprints
  • 2010: Imus Ranch Record II - Part Time Love (with the Phantom Blues Band)
  • 2010: Mike Finnigan at label Wounded Bird[19]
    • Saved By The Grace Of Your Love (David Palmer (4), William D. Smith)
    • Performance (Allen Toussaint)
    • Baby, I Found Out (Mike Finnigan, Roger Troy)
    • The Room Nobody Lives In (John Sebastian)
    • New York State Of Mind (Billy Joel)
    • Ace In The Hole (Mitchell, Dempsey)
    • Southern Lady (Text: Maria Muldaur, Musik Mike Hazelwood)
    • Everything Will Work Out (Richard Stekol)
    • Misery Loves Company (Jerry Reed)
    • Holy Cow (Allen Toussaint)
    • Mississippi On My Mind (Jesse Winchester)[20]
  • 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
  • 2013: Mike Finnigan (Remastert)at WEA[21]
  • 2014: keyboards, organ, vocals (Background)[22] für Dave Mason auf Futures Past[23]


  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/274060-Mike-Finnigan
  2. ^ http://www.phantombluesband.com/?page_id=6
  3. ^ "Past Blues Music Awards (2001) - 22nd W.C. Handy Blues Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Past Blues Music Awards (1994) - 15th W.C. Handy Blues Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  5. ^ Amato, John. "Crooks and Liars". Crooks and Liars. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  6. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Blues.org. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  7. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners". Blues.about.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  8. ^ "Mike Finnigan". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  9. ^ "Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  10. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Serfs-The-Early-Bird-Cafe/release/3815528
  11. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/whirlwind-mw0002558109/credits
  12. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/whirlwind-mw0002558109
  13. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Finnigan-And-Wood-Crazed-Hipsters/master/685892
  14. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dudek-Finnigan-Krueger-Band-Special-Tour-Sampler/release/5830203
  15. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dudek-Finnigan-Krueger-Band-DFK/master/42008
  16. ^ http://www.cherworld.com/albums/black-rose/
  17. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/alive-amplified-mw0000152129/credits
  18. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/alive-amplified-mw0000152129
  19. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/mike-finnigan-mw0000849800/releases
  20. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Mike-Finnigan-Mike-Finnigan/release/3387030
  21. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/mike-finnigan-mw0000849800/releases
  22. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/futures-past-mw0002642804/credits
  23. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/futures-past-mw0002642804

External links[edit]

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