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 Eddie Layton

Eddie Layton

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Dec 2004 (aged 77)
Forest Hills, Queens County, New York, USA
Burial Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 10195676 · View Source
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Played the organ for the New York Yankees since 1967, and received five World Series rings. He also played the organ at Madison Square Garden from 1967 to 1985 for Knicks and Rangers games. A demonstrator for Hammond organs, Layton was Mercury Records' star organist at the height of the Space Age Pop era. Hammond retained him as a house performer for nearly 50 years. The company sent Layton around the world to demonstrate the instrument. Layton estimated once that he'd visited and played at over 700 stores in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.In addition to his sports work, he made numerous recordings, performed at concerts, played at Radio City Music Hall and represented the Hammond company on tours. After a career in the Navy, he played for several CBS Soap Operas. He lived in Birchwood Towers in Forest Hills, also home to the family of musician Johnny Ramone when Ramone was growing up. "I've had my day," he told The New York Times in October 2003 as he closed his career. "Playing with 50,000 watts of power, what rock star has an amplifier like that? I play for up to 56,000 people a night. Not even Madonna has done those kind of numbers." Layton never married. His passion was model railroading and tugboats. He owned an impressive collection of the former and even one of the latter, which he cruised up and down the Hudson River.
"It was Eddie's request that since he wasn't going to be buried near Yankee Stadium, he asked that they point his coffin away from Shea," Rabbi Joseph Potasnik said at the memorial service at Parkside Memorial Chapel in Forest Hills. The head of the coffin was pointed south, away from nearby Shea Stadium.


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  • Created by: Richard Lombard
  • Added: 31 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10195676
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eddie Layton (19 Oct 1927–26 Dec 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10195676, citing Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Richard Lombard (contributor 46628705) .