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British keyboardist Nicky Hopkins was one of the most prolific English session musicians of the 1960s and ’70s. He began playing piano at age three, and in his teens he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Hopkins worked with a pantheon of rock royalty, including the Who, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Kinks, and Cat Stevens. Sadly, Hopkins died in1994 at age 50, but his legacy lives on. Let’s investigate some of Hopkins’ sound further.

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