Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Billy Preston. His life would be spent in the studios, where his skill, reliability and cheerful personality ensured he was the sort of session player untutored rockers could relate to. He made a second solo album, Tin Man was a Dreamer, and worked with the Who again in 1971. His death was from complications resulting from intestinal surgery related to his lifelong battle with Crohn's disease. 'OH FOR Nicky Hopkins]' That was the cry from a desperate Pete Townshend as he struggled to play the piano while recording the Who's epic Tommy back in 1969. British Musician Nicky Hopkins was born Nicholas Christian Hopkins on 24th February, 1944 in Harlesden, North London, England and passed away on 6th Sep 1994 Nashville, Tennessee aged 50. Cause of death: 260: 260. He was sometimes mistaken for an American. Many younger bands also availed themselves of the Hopkins magic. He remains arguably the most important and certainly one of the busiest session men in rock history and left his mark on hundreds of recordings. Nationality: England Executive summary: Prominent session musician His zodiac sign is Pisces. Ill-health forced Hopkins to leave the All Stars and he was hospitalised from May 1963 to December 1964. Celebrities, actors, musicians, artists, politicians and famous people who died in 1994.By clicking on each name from the below list, you can find their biography, birthday, age at death, date of death, location of death and even cause of their death. Nicky Hopkins would have been 50 years old at the time of death or 71 years old today. Nicky Hopkins at The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus December 12, 1968 The day after Nicky died (September 6, 1994), Ian McLagan and his wife Kim were shopping in Austin and stopped to have a drink in Nicky… With a residency at the original Marquee Club, the band quickly became one of the most popular in the growing British R & B movement and their seminal recording of ‘Country Line Special / Chicago Calling was an early influence on such fledgling groups as the Rolling Stones (who occasionally opened for the All Stars). Pleasant, Polydor/Decca THE KINKS, Autumn Almanac, Pye (UK) DAVE DAVIES, Death Of A Clown, Pye/Reprise JEFF BECK, Beck’s Bolero, Columbia/Epic YARDBIRDS, Little Games, Columbia MARC BOLAN, Jasper C. Debussy, Track PP ARNOLD, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Immediate BEATLES, Hey Jude/Revolution (B-side), Apple With a discography that runs from Ella Fitzgerald to Frank Zappa, few others can boast such a wide range of credits and a presence on so many important records. The list explodes the myth of drugs as being the largest killer of rock & rollers; vehicular accidents in planes and cars and helicopters are almost exactly tied with drugs for being a cause of death throughout the decades. It was for health reasons that he … When working with Beck became too stressful, Nicky headed for the warmer climate of California, recording key albums with the Steve Miller Band, the Jefferson Airplane (with whom he appeared at Woodstock) and Quicksilver Messenger Service, whom he subsequently joined. The following is a list of the names of many such iconic figures, along with the date, cause of death, location, and age at time of death. Ray Davies sang in affectionate tribute, 'He's a session man, a pop music-ian]'. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. An English singer and musician , best known for his cover of The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends’.Cocker and the Grease Band performed several songs at Woodstock, including “Delta Lady,” “Something’s Comin’ On,” “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” “I Shall Be Released” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.” He then left the band for a year and was replaced by keyboardist Nicky Hopkins. He contributed to their Who's Next album and 1975 he played on The Who By Numbers. Even at his lowest ebb, his brilliance both onstage and in the studio was rarely affected and he continued to work for an impressive list of clients from Rod Stewart and Graham Parker to Meatloaf and Julio Iglesias. Hopkins died on 6 September 1994, at the age of 50, in Nashville, Tennessee, from complications resulting from intestinal surgery related to his lifelong battle with Crohn's disease. After the war his parents Alfred and Freda moved to a larger house in Harrow, near the Guinness brewery where Alfred worked as an accountant. No longer strong enough to contemplate touring, Nicky entered the London session world and quite soon fulfilled his ambition to become the scene’s busiest pianist. Nicky’s childhood was comfortably middle class, though, like his siblings he struggled with his father’s strict discipline. the guy at the grand piano is Ian Stewart. Nicky Hopkins didn't play on the 1975 Stones tour. A memorial service was held at the Radnor Lake State Natural Area just outside of Nashville where his ashes were scattered. When he was discharged he found that the group had broken up following Cyril Davies's death. There were obituaries in Time Magazine, most of the quality papers and in the music press. Ill-health forced Hopkins to leave the All Stars and he was hospitalised from May 1963 to December 1964. Hopkins lived in Mill Valley, California for several years before moving to Nashville, Tennesse. He continued to work with various clients and was involved in a band project with Joe Walsh and Frankie Miller right up to the end of his life. For three generations, rock'n'roll has been the heartbeat of our world, and Nicky Hopkins defines rock'n'roll. In 1986 he divorced his first wife and met and later married Moira Buchanan with whom he lived happily the rest of his life. In Nicky Hopkins he found another world-class player with whom to share the burden of soloing. He won numerous music polls in his lifetime and his influence has been acknowledged by colleagues such as Chuck Leavell, Benmont Tench and ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick. Hopkins recorded and performed on many notable British and American pop and rock music releases from the 1960s through the 1990s including many Rolling Stones songs. Bobby Keys, whose swampy saxophone was as key a component of the peak-period Rolling Stones as Clarence Clemons’ sax was for the E Street Band, died at age 70, in Middle Tennessee. At the time of his death, he was working on his autobiography with Ray Coleman. The cause of death was liver failure. Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Pianist. NICKY HOPKINS, Mr. A definitive biography is due to appear in 2010 and meanwhile his music is still being enjoyed, as new generations of fans discover all the classic records he played on. The disease finally claimed his life on September 6, 1944, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He was closely involved with the American Shel Talmy, who produced the Who and the Kinks. Burned out by his relentless schedule, Nicky decided to join a band again and, after turning down Led Zeppelin, opted for the Jeff Beck Group, with whom he toured North America and recorded two albums. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? About. Nicky Hopkins is there, too, buried in the mix, but tucked inside the rhythm section. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Keyboards man Nicky Hopkins was plagued by ill health throughout his life and it eventually led to an early death at the age of 50. His ability to deliver fast, accurate pounding piano lines to flesh out the sound of everything from hit singles to concept albums, meant he was in huge demand. Sadly, his chronic health problems culminated in his death in October 1994. Nicky Hopkins died in Nashville on 6th September 1994 at the tragically early age of fifty, from complications related to his lifelong illnesses and frailty. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Hopkins proved to be a short-lived (less than a year in the band) but potent dueling partner for Garcia. Those in the world of pottery and ceramics were stunned by the death of Eddie Hopkins on Tuesday 7 August 2007 at the age of 66. Nicky Hopkins. His free time was spent in the usual pursuits and as a boy he began a lifetime habit of collecting. Early life It was on this day, 40 years ago, it was a lethal combination of cocaine and pizza that was said to cause the heart attack that killed Lowell George. While not a star pupil at school, from age three he showed a talent for music and after lessons from a local piano teacher, won a scholarship to the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London. He was only 50 years old when he passed away. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. score: 31 of 159 (19% ... Nicky Hopkins, 50, Complications From Intestinal Surgery 68. Hopkins stayed on for next two albums, recording Just for … During the Sixties and Seventies, Hopkins was to be found hard at work in the studios, regularly backing up some of the biggest names in rock. He served an apprenticeship playing with Screaming Lord Sutch & the Savages during 1961-62 and the Cyril Davies R&B All-Stars in 1963. When the Beatles split up, Nicky went on to work with all four on solo albums including Lennon’s Imagine and Walls & Bridges, Harrison’s Living In The Material World, Ringo Star’s Ringo and McCartney’s Flowers In The Dirt, but like many others during the seventies, Nicky was drawn into increasing problems with drugs and drink and concert tours with Jerry Garcia and Joe Cocker often made headlines for bad behaviour rather than for music. Nicky Hopkins died in Nashville on 6th September 1994 at the tragically early age of fifty, from complications related to his lifelong illnesses and frailty. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. 801 views made by GML5011. Dedicated To The Late, Great Nicky Hopkins, 24th February 1944 - 6th September 1994. He is most remembered for one of the most important session musicians in rock history. Early in his career he succumbed to ill-health which prevented him from going on the road. He was born and raised in London, and studied classical music as a child. avg. For most of 1969 the keyboardist Nicky Hopkins replaced Mr. Duncan, and the band recorded the album “Shady Grove” without him. He developed his own driving boogie technique with a strong left hand and amazed seasoned rock musicians with his ability to emulate the hottest solos on classic rock records. His cause of death was alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which he suffered from most of his life, and which is exacerbated by smoking. Nicholas Christian Hopkins: Nick Name: Not Known: Alternative Name: Occupation: Cause of Death: surgery complication – heart failure: Star/Sun Sign: Pisces: Caste: Unknown Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Hopkins could be heard adding piano to John Lennon's Imagine album, to the Who's My Generation and the Stones' Let It Bleed and Exile On Mainstreet. One of the two lead guitarists of the psychedelic-era San Francisco band Quicksilver Messenger Service, Gary Duncan, died June 29, 2019.Duncan, who also served as one of the group’s three primary singers, died in Woodland, Calif., after suffering a seizure and falling into a coma. Allan McDougal, the record producer and former Kinks publicist, says: 'Nicky could play rock 'n' roll piano like the Americans. {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. His classical studies were interrupted on leaving school at age sixteen when he joined the original line-up of one of the UK’s pioneering rock’n’roll acts, Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages. Hopkins recorded and toured with many famous artists from the 1960s on, most notably the Rolling Stones. He was bed-ridden for an incredible nineteen months in his late teens, during which time Cyril Davies died tragically of leukaemia. Eddie, until his retirement in 2006, had worked at and was a stalwart of Winchcombe Pottery for 35 years. EDDIE (EDWARD LESLIE) HOPKINS 1941 – 2007. The shows Jerry did with Nicky Hopkins don’t sound like any other in his career due to the slow, baroque deliberateness of Hopkins’ playing. Hopkins, Nicky - The tin man was a dreamer _1973 01-Sundown in Mexico 02-Waiting for the Band 03-Edward (the mad shirt grinder) 04-Dolly 05-Speed On 06-Dreamer 07-Banana Anna You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. His lifestyle became increasingly erratic as the eighties drew nearer and Nicky, who was ill equipped in the first place to cope with substance abuse, came back from the brink of disaster by entering a drug rehabilitation programme. In 1969 he played briefly with the Jeff Beck Group before moving to live in San Francisco, where he played with the Steve Miller Band and joined Quick Silver Messenger Service as a full member. The cause was complications from previous intestinal surgeries, said his stepson, Tristan Buchanan. Cause of death: Died in his sleep, after suffering a heart attack. He was often desperately ill and pitifully thin but always had a happy smile on his face.'. The keyboard player on the left is Billy Preston. Nicky Hopkins, pianist: born London 24 February 1944; married; died California September 1994. For thirty years, before his tragically early death in 1994, Nicky Hopkins put his mark on some of the most unforgettable popular music ever made. Erwin Neher is a German biophysicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1991 for Physiology or Medicine for his significant work in cell physiology. His tours with the Rolling Stones included the legendary 1972 visit to the USA and after being credited on Beggar’s Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street and Jamming With Edward his growing fame led to another recording contract with Columbia. This disease caused various health complications throughout most of his life. Despite his prolific output, the public rarely saw Hopkins on stage. Homesickness prompted a trial move back to England, where he worked with Art Garfunkel, Jack Bruce, Gary Moore and Sky but the changed face of the music industry dictated a move back to Los Angeles, where he became increasingly involved in music for film and television and had great success with soundtracks in Japan. Nicky Hopkins. Born during an air raid during the night of 24th February 1944 in the London suburb of Perivale, Nicholas Christian Hopkins grew up the youngest of four children. Eighteen months after Cyril s death the Allstars tapes were recorded with the original members, Nicky Hopkins, Carlo Little on drums, and Cliff Barton on bass with the addition of Jeff Beck on lead guitar who was not one of the original members. While in Mill Valley he married his first wife Linda, universally known as Dolly. He died in Nashville at the early age of 50 from complications related to a lifelong illness. He played on lots of the Kinks' early records and with the Hollies, but never appeared on stage with them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arroca (talk • contribs) 21:15, 21 June 2011 (UTC) The above comment is correct: Nicky Hopkins is not in the picture 217.209.212.48 14:53, 26 June 2011 (UTC) He is survived by his wife, Moira. He returned to Europe to record with the Rolling Stones in the early Seventies, and also cut an album with guest musicians for CBS called Sweet Thursday. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Between 1965 and 1968 hardly a week went by without a record release featuring Nicky on keyboards. Ray Davies on Nicky Hopkins, from The New York Times, January 1, 1995SESSION MAN Nicky Hopkins (1944-1994) played piano with a classical proficiency and the soul of a bluesman. Adopted by key producers of the time such as Shel Talmy, he worked with a long list of well-known clients, including the Who, the Kinks, the Easybeats, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield and Cat Stevens as well as hundreds of more obscure artists (see Discography). Talmy wanted to encourage the young pianist and produced Hopkins's debut solo album, The Revolutionary Piano of Nicky Hopkins, released in 1966. In 1966 CBS released his all-instrumental solo album The Revolutionary Piano Of Nicky Hopkins and the same year saw him recording for the first time with the Rolling Stones, with whom he would go on to record more than a dozen of their finest albums. As a child, Nicky Hopkinswas diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Despite several attempts at his own records, he never managed to score a hit, and was destined to live in the shadow of his mega-star compatriots. Increasing problems with his health led to hospitalisation in 1993 and early the following year he left California in the wake of the earthquakes and moved to the greener and safer climes of Nashville, Tennessee. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? However, as the US critic Dave Marsh stated: 'Nicky Hopkins was THE most important rock 'n' roll session musician - ever.'. Nicky Hopkins, a British keyboardist whose work is heard on many great rock songs, has died at the age of 50. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Born: 24-Feb-1944 Birthplace: Perivale, Middlesex, England Died: 6-Sep-1994 Location of death: Nashville, TN Cause of death: Complications of Surgery. Erwin Neher. But he soon discovered rock 'n' roll and particularly admired the piano-playing on Chuck Berry's records. As Nils Lofgren said, ‘Nicky wrote the book on rock’n’roll piano’. By the time he guested on the Beatles’ Revolution in 1968, his reputation had begun to spread internationally. Hopkins, the pale-faced, long- haired pianist, wasn't available that day, but it was a rare occasion. Nicky was dogged from an early age by ill health and was later in life diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. He tried another solo album in 1975 called No More Changes, but his career firmly set and he was destined to remain a side man. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. For many years the studios resounded to his attacking piano style, as Hopkins was invited to play with John Lennon, Art Garfunkel, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Carly Simon, Donovan, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, McGuinness Flint, Bill Wyman and Peter Frampton. AKA Nicholas Christian Hopkins. There were obituaries in Time Magazine, most of the quality papers and in the music press. 16. Jimmy Page takes us to the second part of “Smile,” which begins at his first guitar solo (1:01-1:42). He was raised on Fats Domino and Little Richard and he could play any tune that was put in front of him. Duncan rejoined the band for a New Year's Eve show at Winterland; he brought Dino Valenti, with whom he been collaborating, with him. Mr. Hopkins, who was born in … Nicky was forced to leave the group when he entered hospital in May 1963 for a series of operations that almost cost him his life. The resulting album The Tin Man Was A Dreamer is his best-known solo work, but despite an all-star cast that included George Harrison, Nicky was never comfortable in the role of front man. Nicky Hopkins Birthday: Feb. 24, 1944 Place of birth: Harlesden, London, England Death: Sept. 6, 1994 Cause of death: Complications from intestinal surgery. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. After two years of intermittent touring the entire backing group was picked up by harmonica player and blues purist Cyril Davies, becoming his All Stars. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. When he was discharged he found that the group had broken up following Cyril Davies's death. Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones called him 'the greatest rock 'n' roll piano player in the world', and the Kinks even dedicated a song to him, called 'Session Man' on their 1966 Face to Face album. 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