Steve Knight (musician)
|Birth name||Stephen Sanders Knight|
May 12, 1935|
New York, United States
|Died||January 19, 2013
Riverdale, New York
|Genres||Rock, jazz, Middle Eastern jazz, folk|
|Instruments||Piano, bass guitar, trombone, guitar, tuba, banjo, organ, French horn|
|Associated acts||The Devil's Anvil, Wings, Mountain, Red Onion Jazz Band, Taksim|
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.
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. The initial line-up included Leslie West (guitar/vocals) and N.D. Smart (drums). 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. Corky Laing replaced Smart on drums. The band enjoyed a great deal of recording and touring success in the early 1970s including 3 gold albums, but called it quits in 1972. 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.
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.  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.
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