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ABOUT NICK

 

PIANIST NICK NICHOLAS, born in Surrey, follows both Nick29cr2his father and grandfather into the music business. They both appeared on stage in Music Hall and Variety.


Trained as a classical musician, Nick started his career as a music copyist and arranger for a London Music Publishing house, working as a nightclub pianist by night.

 

A recording contract with the Decca Record Company in 1969 resulted in an album the following year. Nick Nicholas - Warm Red Sentimental Blue is a lush piano and orchestral tribute to the 60s music scene.


Nick signed an exclusive song writing contract with the Southern Music Publishing Company and an Agency agreement with Noel Gay Artists of Denmark Street, London.


Working in collaboration with celebrated lyricist and record producer Norman Newell, Nick recorded a further six albums of best-selling Honky Tonk Piano albums for the Polygram Record Group. A further release of 1970s TV themes and jingles brought total sales to over half a million.


whatsline1973 saw the release of the single What’s My Line for Philips Records - the theme from the BBC TV series of the same name. Nick wrote Cool Cat for the B side.


Royal Event, a single for EMI Records appeared in 1977, on the occasion of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Corgi Trot the B side was self-penned as a tribute to the event.


Transcribing and transposing musical scores at sight, enabled Nick to work with producer Norman Newell with many record productions and major artists of the day. An iconic album was produced with US film star Bette Davis. All the original scores required had been lost and had to be rewritten and re-scored.


Nick co-wrote several songs with Norman. In addition he worked as his rehearsal pianist for lyric writing. Songs produced included Norman’s Never Never Never and This is My Life, major chart hits for Shirley Bassey.

 

Songs exclusively written by Nick, included those for singers Stuart Gillies and Ricki Lee, one half of the duo Dukes and Lee, and orchestral works for pianists Pepe Jaramillo and Neil Rhoden.


Nick has worked in both the cabaret and night club circuits, including residencies at the Savoy and Dorchester Hotels in London. His popularity at the Dorchester was shared with regular guests including Tony Curtis, Norman Wisdom, Bruce Forsyth, Rosemary Clooney and Cubby Broccoli.

 

A highlight for Nick was performing a piano duet with legendary American composer Arthur Schwartz of his classic “That’s Entertainment” in front of a glittering array of celebrated Broadway composers. This celebration was held for Teddy Holmes, doyen of the British music publisher Chappell & Co. Nick also wrote and arranged a special piano medley of the musical “My Fair Lady” which he performed in the presence of the composers Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. He also performed tributes to other celebrity guests including Vera Lynn and bandleader Mantovani.


A love of windmills, visiting and recording the mills, has resulted in the publication of an illustrated history, Windmills of Sussex by Derek Nicholas. The book was published in 2015 by Stenlake Publishing Limited.


Nick continues to write and record and lives in East Sussex where he enjoys travel and playing jazz piano.

 

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