Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Nicky Hopkins 24 February 1944 – 6 September 1994

The late Nicky Hopkins is the ultimate unsung session hero. His piano, organ, and other types of keyboard contributions can be heard on hit songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, and many others. Hopkins started with Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages, which also included Jimmy Page (another session hero and founder of Led Zeppelin). He played with the Cyril Davies All Stars, one of the first British rhythm & blues bands (Nicky plays piano on the Country Line Special album). In 1965, he played piano on the Who's debut album and started playing keyboards in sessions for the top British bands including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Kinks, and on solo albums by John Lennon, Jeff Beck, and others. He played with the Stones on their amazing concert film from 1968, Rock and Roll Circus. Nicky eventually moved to San Francisco and helped define the S.F. sound, playing on Jefferson Airplane and Steve Miller Band albums, and even briefly joined Quicksilver Messenger Service.


Listen to Nicky's keys on this famous track ...'Edward'

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