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Nicky Hopkins (born Nicholas Christian Hopkins (February 24, 1944, Harlesden, North London – September 6, 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.) was an English pianist and organist.

Hopkins produced and performed on some of the most important British and American popular music recordings of the 1960s and 1970s, and is widely regarded as one of the most important session musicians in rock history.


Nicky Hopkins started his musical career in the early 1960s as the pianist with Screaming Lord Sutch’s Savages, which also included Ritchie Blackmore (founder of Deep Purple). He then joined The Cyril Davies All Stars, one of the first British rhythm & blues bands, and played piano on their Country Line Special LP.

He had suffered from Crohn’s disease since his youth. Poor health and ongoing surgeries made it difficult for him to tour. This contributed heavily to his occupational preference for studio work.

He began his career as a session musician in London in the early Sixties and quickly became one of the most in-demand players on the thriving session scene there, contributing his fluid and dexterous boogie-woogie influenced piano style to many hit recordings. He worked extensively as a session pianist for leading UK independent producers Shel Talmy and Mickie Most and performed on albums and singles by The Kinks, Donovan, and The Rolling Stones.


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  • cordlafond

    Please visit . Nicky Hopkins deserves a spot in the R&R Hall of Fame

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • LBellamYorke

    nicky hopkins was the man! [3] Nicky was pure magic indeed.[2]

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • FaustoRocks

    nicky hopkins was the man! [3] i was so gonna right that! HE IS!!!! A truly example of a perfect Pisces like George Harrison, Kurt Cobain and me. Nicky was pure magic indeed.

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    You may try to pick Nicky Hopkins' finest moment, but you'll end up realising it's practically the same as choosing rock's finest moment. He was essential part of most of the finest moments of most of the finest bands, during most of rock's finest years. The man and his piano were there spirit of the 60's and the 70's in popular music in the Western emisphere, more than any other one-musician-and-his-instrument, including all those he played with. If you don't get it, take a look at the man's discography: .

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • KeithJones

    nicky hopkins was the man! [2]

    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • dominic_john

    nicky hopkins was the man! everyone needs to know who he is. we've all been inspired by his work, it just so happens that a lot of it was with other bands.

    16 Nov 2009 Reply
  • SachMotee5000

    its my belief, and im sure its one that is shared by most real stones fans, that he was integral to the stones flavour. He added such amazing, spine tingling, breath taking moments and flourishes to their work during their peak btwn 69/73. Tracked down his second solo effort the Tin Man Was A Dreamer and I am currently on my first listen to it ... drool

    15 Oct 2009 Reply
  • mothersruin

    nicky hopkins worked on his track with the beatles maybe thats the answer?...

    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • sarahjkf

    Dont know who this guy is !?! ya what !! unwittingly we have all heard this guy at some point one of if not THE greatest session musicians ever !! worked with everybody you name them he worked with them......the man was a bleeding genius...

    20 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Simanion

    heh *returns one year later* I've tried to change the artist in properties 100 times and it just won't have a bar of it... So Nicky Hopkins it is!

    19 Apr 2008 Reply
  • rokrr16

    why, when i play revolution 1 by the beatles, it shows up as nicky hopkins? Im not listening to nicky hopkins, Ive never even heard of this guy.

    17 Dec 2007 Reply
  • gbrading

    I've just realised that my version of Revolution 1 was labelled as Nicky Hopkins; The Beatles. For one thing, as Deigo said, this is wrong in itself, as he played on Revolution, but it was also scrobbling here. I've now corrected it so The Beatles are first, on the correct song.

    1 Dec 2007 Reply
  • ExecutionStyle

    correction, his finest moment is anything he did with the stones from beggars banquet on through exile.

    13 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Don_Diego

    Hopkins plays on Revolution the B-side to Hey Jude, not Revolution 1 the opening track to Side 4 of the White Album. And obviously both tracks have to bear The Beatles in the artist field, I'm sorry. Having said that, Nick's finest moment is probably The Who's The Song Is Over.

    19 Oct 2007 Reply
  • piano_fire

    Well yeah, but it's not by Nicky Hopkins...

    10 May 2007 Reply
  • DeThoom

    haha, well if you really don't know, Nicky Hopkins was one of the best and most popular session pianists, and he can be heard on a lot of songs from Rolling Stones, The Who and the Kinks. He played the pianosolo on Revolution 1.

    2 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Simanion

    Who the hell is Nicky Hopkins and why are they taking credit for The Beatles, namely Revolution 1? haha

    14 Mar 2007 Reply

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