Fascinating character, US jingle composer, electronic music experimenter Raymond Scott (*) receives a patent (US#2871745) for a ‘keyboard operated electrical musical instrument’, the Clavivox.
It’s a keyboard synth with, e.g., an LFO, mechanical portamento, tremelo pitch and volume via footpedals, and attack control. Part of it is built by Robert Moog, who will build (and finish) his own synth (with no mechanicals) in 1964, taking advantage of the newfangled transistor.
Throughout the 50s, Scott also works on an instrument he calls the Electronium, a keyboard-less, automatic composition and performance machine. Impressed, Motown‘s Berry Gordy hires Scott to build one.
Electronium Electronium restore Ray Scott Quintette Art Monad 144 Archives ( Fansite )
Flambouyant English pop rocker, keyboardist, showman Elton John has his first US#1 hit with Crocodile Rock.
I remember when rock was young
Me and Suzie had so much fun
holding hands and skimming stones
Had an old gold Chevy and a place of my own
But the biggest kick I ever got
was doing a thing called the Crocodile Rock
While the other kids were Rocking Round the Clock
we were hopping and bopping to the Crocodile Rock
Prominent in the song is a Farfisa organ. It’s the first single from UK#1 sixth studio album Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player … the second of six US#1 albums in a row. ( Website )