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     Hopkins, Nicky (24th February 1944-6th September 1994)

    Described as one of the most important session musicians in rock history, he was a keyboardist born Nicholas Hopkins in Ealing, West London, England.  After learning to play the piano and organ he became a pianist for Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages in the early 1960s where one of his band-mates was Ritchie Blackmore, who would later go on to found Deep Purple.  He then moved onto to joining one of the earliest british R&B bands, The Cyril Davis All Stars.  Unable to tour much because of health problems with Crohn's Disease he opted to become a session musician and because he was so adept and had such an individual playing style he became sought after by producers and appeared on many of the major British albums of the time by groups such as The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who and The Beatles.  The album Jamming With Edward by the Rolling Stones was written using "Edward" as an alias for Nicky Hopkins and The Kinks song "Session Man" was dedicated to him.  He would later travel to America and joined Quicksilver Messenger Service as well as worked with Jefferson Airplane, The Steve Miller Band and New Riders of the Purple Sage.  He became a member of the Jeff Beck Group in 1967 and would later also join the line up of the group Sweet Thursday and the Rolling Stones for their Good-Bye Britain and North American tours in 1971 and 1972.  After these tours his health had worsened again and although he would carry on recording with them as a group and individual artists until 1991, he would never appear with them on stage again.  In 1973 he released a solo album called The Tin Man and the Dreamer which featured George Harrison who used the alias of George O'Hara, Mick Taylor who had been with the Rolling Stones and Prairie Prince.   He was involved as a performer and music arranger for The Who's 1975 film Tommy, he was given "Special Thanks" on the 1985 The Compleat Beatles, and he made appearances in the movies The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, Ladies and Gentlemen:  The Rolling Stones, Cocksucker Blues, Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?, Sympathy for the Devil and Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album. He died after complications of surgery that had been done previously in September 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee.  He was 50 years old.

     

    Sources:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicky_Hopkins
    2. http://www.rockument.com/session_hopkins1.html
    3. http://rocksoff.org/nicky-index.htm
    4. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0394250/

     

    Here he is with Merrill Fankhauser and Roger Capps on "Boppin' the Blues"...

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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