Steve Knight (musician)

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Steve Knight
Birth name Stephen Sanders Knight
Born (1935-05-12)May 12, 1935
New York, United States
Origin United States
Died January 19, 2013(2013-01-19) (aged 77)
Riverdale, New York
Genres Rock, jazz, Middle Eastern jazz, folk
Occupations keyboardist, musician
Instruments Piano, bass guitar, trombone, guitar, tuba, banjo, organ, French horn
Associated acts The Devil's Anvil, Wings, Mountain, Red Onion Jazz Band, Taksim
Notable instruments
Hammond organ

Steve Knight (May 12, 1935 - January 19, 2013) was an American musician best known as the keyboardist for Mountain, a rock band of the early 1970s.

Knight was born in New York to artist parents. From 1938–1950 his family lived in Woodstock, New York. In 1950, his father became a professor at Columbia University and moved the family to New York City. In 1952, Knight graduated from high school (New Lincoln School) and enrolled at Columbia later that year. He stayed at Columbia for most of the 1950s (1952–1959) studying art, music and psychology. He earned a B.S. degree majoring in psychology, and had one year of graduate work in psychology.[1]

From 1959 to 1968, Knight recorded with or was a member of various bands including but not limited to The Feenjon Group, The Peacemakers, Devil's Anvil and Wings (not McCartney's group). In 1969, producer/vocalist/bassist Felix Pappalardi organized Mountain.[1] The initial line-up included Leslie West (guitar/vocals) and N.D. Smart (drums).[2] Prior to release of Mountain's debut album, Climbing!, Pappalardi, who had known Knight from prior musical affiliations, added him to the line-up on keyboards.[3] Corky Laing replaced Smart on drums.[2] The band enjoyed a great deal of recording and touring success in the early 1970s including 3 gold albums,[1] but called it quits in 1972.[2] Knight then returned to traditional jazz. For the next 25 years, Knight worked in specialty engineering (as a door engineer), and as a songwriter, author and part-time musician.[1]

In the mid-1990s, Knight left New York City and returned to Woodstock. In November 1999, he was elected to a seat on the Woodstock Town Board.[1] [4] He was re-elected to a second term in 2003. In 2007 Knight chose not to seek a third four-year term, instead choosing to focus on his personal life including several music projects.

Steve died 19 January 2013 in New York from complications of Parkinson's disease.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Steve Knight". Pappalardi.com. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Music DVD Review: Mountain – Live in Paris". BC Music. Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Mountain History". Retrieved 17 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Town of Woodstock Supervisors and Town Board Members 1940–2005". Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stephen Sanders Knight Obituary: View Stephen Knight's Obituary by New York Times". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 

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