Song of the Day: Jackie Lomax – “Sour Milk Sea”

Today marks the birthday of famous late session pianist Nicky Hopkins, who was born on this day in 1944. There’s any number of recordings Hopkins was a part of that we could have chosen for this — after all, he played with The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Donovan, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Jefferson Airplane, Jerry Garcia, and Harry Nilsson, just to name a few. This track is particularly interesting, however. This was the debut single for singer Jackie Lomax while he was with Apple Records in 1968. To say this song was an all-star effort is the understatement of the year. It was written and produced by George Harrison, while Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Hopkins were the musicians who played on the track. Understandably, Lomax was a little intimidated to play on it at first. “With Eric Clapton playing on it, it was on fire,” Lomax once said, per Guitar World. “When the backing tape was played back, I thought it worked as an instrumental. ‘You want me to sing on top of that?!’ There I am in the studio and there are three Beatles in the control room watching me … I guess I was nervous at first, but after a couple of takes I was into it.”

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