Saturday 19 October 2019 saw the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the Perivale childhood home of Nicky Hopkins aka ‘ Rock’s Greatest Session Man’.
The keyboard skills of the one-time Ealing Club regular provided a major contribution to many legendary recordings from Cyril Davies to Spinal Tap, along with Rolling Stones, The Who, the Beatles, the Kinks, Jefferson Airplane, Dusty Springfield and many more.
A crowd of fans, friends and neighbours attended the unveiling at 38 Jordan Road, Perivale, Middlesex UB6 7BX of a plaque to mark Hopkins’ childhood home of Hopkins who died aged 50 in 1994.
The Ealing Civic Society plaque was unveiled by Hopkins’ wife Moira, with The Mayor of Ealing, Dr Councillor Abdullah Gulaid, along with John Wood, who has led the campaign for recognition of Hopkins’ life and work and local councillors Tariq Mahmood and Charan Sharma.
The event was hosted by the current occupants of the house, Tom & Iwona Carroll.
The plaque installation was initiated by the campaigner John Wood (above) with the support of Ealing Civic Society and the kind agreement of Tom and Iwona Carroll.
Classically-trained Hopkins is already remembered in nearby Perivale Park with a memorial bench commissioned by Wood in September 2018.
It was constructed thanks to contributions from fellow musicians and local community groups including the Ealing Club CIC. The next stage in his campaign is to have Hopkins admitted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Wood’s next objective is to have Hopkins admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Like many of his contemporaries, Nicky Hopkins cut his teeth during the R&B boom of the early 1960s and featured on the classic 1963 Cyril Davies Rhythm & Blues All Stars recording Country Line Special.
Nicky had featured in The Savages, Screaming Lord Sutch’s backing band which at the time was one of the most celebrated live line-ups of early 60s London.
Following his hospitalisation in 1963 from a serious illness, Hopkins became a sought-after session player.
Just a few of of his credits are: Cyril Davies and His Rhythm & Blues All Stars (Country Line Special), Screaming Lord Sutch (Jack The Ripper), The Who (Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, Getting In Tune), PP Arnold (The First Cut Is The Deepest), The Kinks (Sunny Afternoon, Days), Dusty Springfield (I Close My Eyes and Count To Ten), The Beatles (Hey Jude, Revolution), The Rolling Stones (Sympathy for the Devil, Angie, Street Fighting Man), Donovan (Barabajagal), Jefferson Airplane (Volunteers), John Lennon (Happy Xmas (War Is Over), Jealous Guy), Joe Cocker (You Are So Beautiful) , Art Garfunkel (I Only Have Eyes For You) and Spinal Tap (Break Like The Sun).
For more on West London’s contribution to the 60s R & B scene please check out the A-Z of Ealing Rock and the film Suburban Steps To Rockland.