Remembering Nicky Hopkins

Nicky Hopkins

On Sunday, September 6, Nicky Hopkins would have been 71. The famed keyboardist died at the even earlier age of 50 in 1994. Plagued by Crohn’s disease from youth, poor health and ongoing surgery made it difficult for him to tour. This resulted in his working primarily as a studio player for most of his career. Yet his superb skill on the keyboards cast him as one of the most important session musicians in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Hopkin’s session work is legendary, performing with a wide variety of famous bands, including the Rolling StonesLed ZeppelinThe WhoThe Pretty ThingsThe KinksThe MoveNew Riders of the Purple SageQuicksilver Messenger Service…the list goes on and on. Julian Dawson, author of And on Piano …Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock’s Greatest Session Manwill join the program, to remember Hopkins. As Nils Lofgren said,” Nicky wrote the book on rock ‘n’ roll piano”.

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