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Tommy Hall (born September 21, 1943) is an electric jug player from Texas. He was a founding member of the American psychedelic rock band The 13th Floor Elevators.[1][2]

Tommy Hall
Born (1943-09-21) September 21, 1943 (age 75)
Associated actsThe 13th Floor Elevators

A special aspect of The Elevators' sound came from Tommy Hall's innovative electric jug. The jug, a crock-jug with a microphone held up to it while it was being blown, sounded somewhat like a cross between a Minimoog and cuica drum. In contrast to traditional musical jug technique, Hall did not blow into the jug to produce a tuba-like sound. Instead, he vocalized musical runs into the mouth of the jug, using the jug to create echo and distortion of his voice. When playing live, he held the microphone up to the mouth of the jug, but when recording the Easter Everywhere album, the recording engineer placed a microphone inside the jug to enhance the sound.


  1. ^ Trybyszewski, Joe (August 13, 2004). "Where the Pyramid Meets the High". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Maerz, Jennifer (March 4, 2009). "Ex-13th Floor Elevator Tommy Hall Is Still Psychedelic". Houston Press. Retrieved April 24, 2012.