Nicky Hopkins
English pianist and organist
Nicky Hopkins
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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Fracaso de Melendi tras versionar a los Rolling Stones - ABC.es
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La desgarradora interpretación vocal de Mick Jagger, el comedido piano de Nicky Hopkins y el delicioso arreglo de cuerdas de Nicky Harrison hicieron que la canción triunfará en todas las listas de éxitos y se convirtiera en todo un clásico de la
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Ray Davies - How a lonely Londoner created one of the great Sixties songs - The Independent
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I tried it out at the beginning with [legendary session man] Nicky Hopkins on keyboards, and it felt too professional. So I kept it as a band track. Then I went on a separate day and put Dave's guitar down." "The guitar playing one note at the
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Rod Stewart à travers le temps - leSoleil
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Jeff Beck, le talentueux guitariste issu des Yardbirds, le recrute pour chanter dans son groupe, qui comprend aussi Ron Wood à la basse, Mickey Waller à la batterie et Nicky Hopkins au piano. Ils enregistrent deux albums, Truth et Beck Ola,
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'Surf's Up' at free concert Sunday - Adobe Press
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Over the years, Fankhauser has collaborated with such rock luminaries as Harry Nilsson, Nicky Hopkins, drummers Jim Gordon and Ed Cassidy, singers Dean Torrence and Peter Noone and the legendary Willie Nelson. His credits include more than 250
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BRUCE, Jack - A Question of Time - Music in Belgium
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Une seule n'est pas composée par Jack Bruce, l'excellent « Blues You Can't Lose » de Willie Dixon, dans lequel il faut souligner le travail du Bluesman Albert Collins et de Nicky Hopkins au piano. Quant à Jack Bruce, il en profite pour reprendre
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Legendary songwriter Chip Taylor reflects on 'Wild Thing,' showcases songs ... - New York Daily News
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That ranges from Nicky Hopkins and Andrew Gold to sidemen Cornell Dupree, Hal Blaine and James Jamerson. (Check it out at www.rnrjoe.com.) As for Iridium, it's a nice little room. Go in, go downstairs. Les Paul played there for years
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L. RON HUBBARD - MUSIKER OCH KOMPOSITÖR - MyNewsdesk (pressmeddelande)
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Bland de artister som framför musiken märks Chick Corea, världsberömd jazzmusiker, och Nicky Hopkins, fd pianist i Rolling Stones. Soundtracket till L. Ron Hubbards nästa verk, Mission Earth,är ett hårdrocksalbum, ett passande val med tanke på
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Nashville was never limited to country music - Nashville Ledger newspaper
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Heck, Rolling Stones pianist Nicky Hopkins died here. The band's favorite sax man, Jim Horn, continues to call Nashville home base. Leon Russell still lives here. But for a time so did JJ Cale and the Allman Brothers. In the early 1970s, Neil Young was
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Lectures and the literary scene in Marin County, May 15 through 22, 2011 - Marin Independent-Journal
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Nicky Hopkins." 7 pm May 22: Paul Madonna reads from "Everything is Its Own Reward." San Rafael; 492-8870. 5:30 to 8:45 pm May 16: Salon with poet David Madgalene and artist Anna Montenegro followed by open mike with Angar Mora. $7
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Musicians in Exile - Legacy.com
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A session musician from north London, Nicky Hopkins' résumé reads like a who's who of classic rock, with Hopkins playing on records by The Beatles, The Who, Jeff Beck, The Kinks, Jefferson Airplane, Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Neil Young and a host of
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Win 'And On Piano' by Nicky Hopkins - Geeks.co.uk
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Working with an astonishing list of talent including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Bowie, and a host of others, session pianist Nicky Hopkins was a mainstay of the music scene throughout the 1960s and 1970s
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And On Piano..Nicky Hopkins A biography by Julian Dawson - Music News
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Nicky Hopkins, Julian Dawson looks back on Nicky's illustrious 35-year career as a musician, song-writer, singer and producer. Session pianist Nicky Hopkins appeared with so many artists during his life that a complete discography is probably
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Nicky Hopkins, 50, Studio Keyboardist In Rock Recording
NYTimes - over 22 years
Nicky Hopkins, a keyboardist who played on albums by the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Kinks and other top rock bands of the 1960's and 70's, died on Tuesday at the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, where he lived. He was 50. The cause was complications from previous intestinal surgeries, said his stepson, Tristan Buchanan. Mr. Hopkins, who was born
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nicky Hopkins
    FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 49
    Hopkins died on 6 September 1994, at the age of 50, in Nashville, Tennessee, from complications resulting from intestinal surgery presumably related to his lifelong battle with Crohn's disease.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of his death, he was working on his autobiography with Ray Coleman. He is survived by his wife, Moira.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 49
    Songwriter and musician Julian Dawson collaborated with Hopkins on one recording, the pianist's last, in spring 1994, a few months before his death.
    More Details Hide Details After Ray Coleman's death, the connection led to Dawson working on a definitive biography of Nicky Hopkins, first published by Random House in German in 2010, followed in 2011 by the English-language version with the title And on Piano … Nicky Hopkins (a hardback in the UK via Desert Hearts, and a paperback in North America via Backstage Books/Plus One Press).
  • 1989
    Age 44
    He worked only once with Paul McCartney, on the latter's 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt.
    More Details Hide Details Hopkins lived in Mill Valley, California, for several years. During this time he worked with several local bands and continued to record in San Francisco. One of his complaints throughout his career was that he did not receive royalties from any of his recording sessions, because of his status at the time as merely a "hired hand", as opposed to pop stars with agents. He received songwriting credit for his work with The Jeff Beck Group, including an instrumental, Girl From Mill Valley, on the album Beck-Ola. Only Quicksilver Messenger Service, through its manager Ron Polte and its members, gave Hopkins an ownership stake. Towards the end of his life he worked as a composer and orchestrator of film scores, with considerable success in Japan.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 30
    Hopkins, given his long association with the Who, was a key instrumentalist on the soundtrack for the 1975 Ken Russell film, Tommy.
    More Details Hide Details Hopkins played piano on most of the tracks, and is acknowledged in the album's liner notes for his work on the arrangements for most of the songs. In addition to recording with the Beatles in 1968, Hopkins worked with each of the four when they went solo. Between 1970 and 1975, he appeared on many projects by John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, making key contributions to the critically acclaimed solo albums Imagine, Living in the Material World and Ringo.
    His third solo album, entitled No More Changes, was released in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Appearing on the album are Hopkins (lead vocals and all keyboards), David Tedstone (guitars), Michael Kennedy (guitars), Rick Wills (bass), and Eric Dillon (drums and percussion), with back-up vocals from Kathi McDonald, Lea Santo-Robertie, Doug Duffey and Dolly. A fourth album, Long Journey Home, has remained unreleased. He also released three soundtrack albums in Japan between 1992 and 1993, The Fugitive, Patio and Namiki Family.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 28
    He released his second solo album in 1973 entitled The Tin Man Was a Dreamer.
    More Details Hide Details Other musicians appearing on the album include George Harrison (credited as "George O'Hara"), Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, and Prairie Prince, who was later the drummer for the Tubes. Re-released on Columbia in 2004, the album is a rare opportunity to hear Hopkins sing.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He did manage to go on tour with the Jerry Garcia Band, from 5 August to 31 December 1975. Hopkins was invited in 1965 by producer Shel Talmy to record with the Kinks. He recorded 4 studio albums: The Kink Kontroversy (1965), Face to Face (1966), Something Else by The Kinks (1967) and The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968). The relationship between Hopkins and the Kinks deteriorated after the release of The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, however. Hopkins maintained that "about seventy percent" of the keyboard work on the album was his, and was incensed when Ray Davies apparently credited himself for the majority of the keyboard playing. Despite Hopkins' ensuing grudge against him, Davies spoke positively of his contributions in a New York Times interview in 1995: Nicky, unlike lesser musicians, didn't try to show off; he would only play when necessary. But he had the ability to turn an ordinary track into a gem – slotting in the right chord at the right time or dropping a set of triplets around the back beat, just enough to make you want to dance. On a ballad, he could sense which notes to wrap around the song without being obtrusive. He managed to give "Days," for instance, a mysterious religious quality without being sentimental or pious.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He started to form his own band around this time but decided against it after the Stones tour. He had planned on using Prairie Prince on drums and Pete Sears on bass.
  • 1969
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hopkins also contributed to the Jamming With Edward! cover art.
  • 1967
    Age 22
    Hopkins played with the Rolling Stones on their studio albums from Between the Buttons in 1967 through Emotional Rescue in 1980 and Tattoo You in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Among his contributions, he supplied the prominent piano parts on "We Love You" and "She's a Rainbow" (both 1967), "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968), "Monkey Man" (1969), "Sway" (1971), "Loving Cup" and "Ventilator Blues" (1972), "Angie" (1973), "Time Waits for No One" (1974) and "Waiting on a Friend" (1981). When working with the band during the 1970s, Hopkins tended to be employed on their slower, ballad-type songs, while longtime Stones keyboardist Ian Stewart played on traditional rock numbers, and Billy Preston featured on soul- and funk-influenced tunes. Hopkins' work with the Rolling Stones is perhaps most prominent on their 1972 studio album, Exile on Main St, where he contributed in a variety of musical styles. Along with Ry Cooder, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, Hopkins released the 1972 album Jamming with Edward! It was recorded in 1969, during the Stones' Let It Bleed sessions, when guitarist Keith Richards was not present in the studio. The eponymous "Edward" was an alias of Nicky Hopkins derived from studio banter with Brian Jones.
    The following year, Hopkins recorded Beggars Banquet with the Rolling Stones, having previously worked for them on their 1967 single "We Love You" and the album Their Satanic Majesties Request.
    More Details Hide Details He also recorded for several San Franciscan groups, playing on albums by Jefferson Airplane (with whom he performed at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969), the New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Steve Miller Band. He briefly joined Quicksilver Messenger Service and also appeared with the Jerry Garcia Band. By this point Hopkins was one of Britain's best-known session players, particularly through his work with the Rolling Stones and after playing electric piano on the Beatles' "Revolution" – a rare occasion when an outside rock musician appeared on a Beatles recording. Further raising his profile, he contributed to several Harry Nilsson albums in the early 1970s, including Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson, and recordings by Donovan.
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During his convalescence Davies died of leukaemia and the All Stars disbanded. Hopkins' frail health led him to concentrate on working as a session musician instead of joining bands, although he left his mark performing with a wide variety of famous bands, including the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. He quickly became one of London's most in-demand session pianists and performed on many hit recordings from this period. He worked extensively for leading UK independent producers Shel Talmy and Andrew Loog Oldham and performed on albums and singles by the Easybeats, the Kinks, the Pretty Things, the Move and the Who.
  • 1960
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hopkins played piano on their first single, Davies' much-admired theme tune "Country Line Special".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Nicholas Christian Hopkins was born in Perivale, Middlesex, England on 24 February 1944.
    More Details Hide Details He began playing piano at age three. He attended Wembley County Grammar School, which now forms part of Alperton Community School, and was initially tutored by a local piano teacher; in his teens he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. He suffered from Crohn's disease from his youth. His poor health and repeated surgery would later make it difficult for him to tour, and he worked primarily as a session musician for most of his career.
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