Nicky Hopkins

Pianist and Organist
Born Feb 24, 1944

Nicholas Christian "Nicky" Hopkins was an English pianist and organist. Hopkins recorded and performed on many notable British and American pop and rock music releases from the 1960s through the 1990s including many notable Rolling Stones releases.

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1944 Birth Nicholas Christian Hopkins was born in Perivale, Middlesex, England on 24 February 1944. … Read More


1960 16 Years Old Hopkins' studies were interrupted in 1960 when he left school at 16 to become the pianist with Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages until, two years later, he and fellow Savages Bernie Watson, Rick Brown (aka Ricky Fenson) and Carlo Little, joined the renowned blues harmonica player Cyril Davies, who had just left Blues Incorporated, and became the Cyril Davies (R&B) All-Stars. … Read More
1963 19 Years Old However he was forced to leave the All Stars in May 1963 for a series of operations that almost cost him his life and was bed-ridden for nineteen months in his late teenage years. … Read More


In 1967 he joined the Jeff Beck Group, formed by former Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck with vocalist Rod Stewart, bassist Ronnie Wood and drummer Micky Waller, playing on the LPs Truth and Beck-Ola.
1969 25 Years Old It became the title for an outstanding Hopkins performance – "Edward, the Mad Shirt Grinder" – a song released on the Quicksilver Messenger Service album Shady Grove in December 1969. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old Hopkins was added to the Rolling Stones live line-up for the 1971 Good-Bye Britain Tour, as well as the notorious 1972 North American Tour and the early 1973 Winter Tour of Australia and New Zealand. … Read More
1973 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Hopkins failed to make the Rolling Stones' 1973 tour of Europe due to ill health and, aside from a guest appearance in 1978, did not play again with the Stones live on stage. … Read More


1974 30 Years Old From 1974-1975, he joined the Jerry Garcia Band for several shows at the Keystone in Berkeley, most notably a surprise appearance on New Year's Eve 1975 during the mid-seventies hiatus of the Grateful Dead.
1975 31 Years Old 1 More Event
His third solo album, entitled No More Changes, was released in 1975. … Read More


1989 45 Years Old He worked only once with Paul McCartney, on the latter's 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt. … Read More


1994 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Songwriter and musician Julian Dawson collaborated with Hopkins on one recording, the pianist's last, in spring 1994, a few months before his death. … Read More
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