Nicky Hopkins

Nicky Hopkins was a renowned keyboardist in the 1960s and 70s, who played regularly with The Rolling Stones, and contributed the distinctive electric piano on The Beatles “Revolution”.

Hopkins died in 1994, but in honour of his birthday today, please enjoy this track from a weird curio record called “Jamming With Edward”. This album resulted from an aborted session for “Let It Bleed” by The Rolling Stones. Apparently, the producer brought in Ry Cooder to beef up the guitar sound on the record, a move which irked Keith Richards so much that he walked out and disappeared from the studio for a few days. To kill time, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Mick Jagger jammed on some bluesy improvisations with Cooder and Nicky Hopkins leading the musical charge. The session was eventually released as an album, titled “Jamming With Edward”, and actually charted on the basis of the Stones connection.

This is a funky jam called “Edward’s Thrump Up”:

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