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George Semper
George (* 1942) was a Trinidadian-American multi instrumentalist, composer, producer, label owner, and publisher from San Diego. He began his professional career in 1958 as leader of "The Kingsmen" (a San Diego, California rock & soul group). He was musical director for Brenton Wood, The Total Experience, and Wattstax. Semper was an original member of the Merry Clayton Group. He is considered a Hammond B-3 innovator of the jazz organ from the 60s and Godfather of Bay Area Funk from the 1970's.
George was the owner of San Diego Market Street East and co-owner of Jazzville nightclubs. He owned the record labels Inner City Records, Inner City Attractions, Parlour Records, was an executive of Jimmy Smith owned Mojo Records, and AR for others including A&M and Imperial Records. He died in 2009.


Makin' Waves
Imperial LP-9327
released 1966
George Semper, organ
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