Nicholas Christian Hopkins born during an air raid during the night of 24th February 1944 in the London suburb of Perivale. Hopkins started in the early 60’s with Screaming Lord Sutch’s Savages, which also included Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin’s founder). He played also with the Cyril Davies All Stars, one of the first British Rhythm & Blues bands. 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, The Kinks and on solo albums by John Lennon, David Bowie and so many others. Hopkins moved to San Francisco and helped to define the lexicon of San Francisco’s sound, playing with Jefferson Airplane and Steve Miller Band and early joined to the psychedelic band Quicksilver Messenger Service.
The name of Nicky Hopkins featured in the credits of so many number of great rock albums from the late ’60s through the ’80s, underlining his amazing work on The Rolling Stones albums.
For almost two decades, he was the most desired session pianist in rock; The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jeff Beck Group, Steve Miller Band, there are so few many great rock bands that hadn’t benefited from Nicky Hopkins’ genius touch on the piano and keyboards.
Nicky Hopkins only recorded three solo albums “The Revolutionary Piano Of Nicky Hopkins”(1966), “The Tin Man Was A Dreamer”(1973) and “No More Changes”(1975).
Under his weak and delicate figure and often with ill health, Nicky Hopkins never toured much, preferring thus the studio to the road, dying in Nashville on 6th September 1994 at the tragically early age of fifty, from complications related to his lifelong illnesses. Nicky Hopkins was one of the most (maybe the most) important rock ‘n’ roll session musician ever.