Psychedelic-Rock'n'roll: WURLITZER ELECTRIC PIANO 100-200A

1 February 2009




Wurlitzer released their first electric piano in the beginning of the 1950s.
The piano received great attention from the branch organizations and in 1956 the first Wurlitzer album was made by Sun Ra and Demons at Play.
Another contributing fact which helped launch the piano was "Ray Charles" elegant Wurlitzer playing on his huge hit "What I'd Say" from 1959 which gave the Wurlitzer increasing attention.
The most famous models are the "Wurlitzer 100" and its improved version, the "Wurlitzer 200" which replaced the 100 in 1969.

The Wurlitzer quickly reached great successes, in particular during the 1960s and the 70s.
The piano quickly became popular among touring bands who found it to be a lot lighter than the "Fender Rhodes" and that the Wurlitzer's sound more easily could fit into a guitar based band than a "Fender Rhodes".


The Wurlitzer proved to be useful in more pop and rock oriented music were the Wurlitzer's thicker and rougher tone easily could be used as a replacement to the guitar.
As the popularity of "the Wurlitzer" grew, keyboardists seemed to become more and more divided into two camps, "Fender Rhodes" or Wurlitzer.

Today it is quite hard to get a hold of a Wurlitzer in good condition.
They are sadly not the most frequently used keyboard instrument in the music industry and are quite rare these days.


Roger said...

I bought a whirly 200a. I was told and I believe to be true This Whirly was bought from Charlie Hodge before he passed. It has Charlie Hodge Autograph on it. And knowing Elvis P. Elvis probably bought it for Charlie.I live in Pigeon Forge Tn. Charlie came here after Elvis passed. Anyone with info on the value Please contact

Pedro said...

I had one many years ago. It wasn't durable: the reeds would wear out and need replacing. Great sound, though.