Tim Hinkley

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Tim Hinkley
Birth nameTimothy Alan Hinkley
Also known asThe Reverend, The Protector of the Pomeranian
Born (1946-05-25) 25 May 1946 (age 77)
London, England
GenresRock, soul
Occupation(s)Keyboard player, singer, arranger
Instrument(s)Keyboards, organ, flute, percussion, vocals
Years active1964–present

Timothy Alan Hinkley (born 25 May 1946) is an English singer-songwriter, keyboard player and record producer. Born in London, Hinkley started playing in youth club bands in the early 1960s, with bands including the Copains, Boys and the Freeman Five. During this time he turned down an offer to join the Konrads, which featured Davy Jones, who later changed his name to David Bowie. Other early associations were with the Bo Street Runners,[1] Chicago Blues Line and Patto's People.[2]

As a session musician[edit]

Hinkley recorded with many artists, including Johnny Hallyday, Steve Marriott, Alvin Lee, Al Stewart, Roger Chapman, Humble Pie, Whitesnake, Dr. Feelgood, Roger Daltrey, Thin Lizzy and Alexis Korner.[1] He was a backing musician for Elkie Brooks and touring American musicians such as Sonny Boy Williamson, Lee Dorsey, Carla Thomas and Ben E. King. Hinkley also toured and recorded as a session musician keyboardist with other artists.[3]

Jody Grind and Boxer[edit]

In 1965 he formed the Hammond organ trio Jody Grind with lead guitarist Ivan Zagni and drummer Barry Wilson.[4] They recorded two albums, One Step On in 1969 and Far Canal, which featured Bernie Holland on all guitars and Pete Gavin on drums, in 1970 (album cover details), for the British record label Transatlantic Records.[1] Hinkley also recorded the album Bloodletting (1979), with Boxer.[5]

Hinkley's Heroes[edit]

During this period he formed the touring jam band Hinkley's Heroes.[2] It comprised established UK musicians, including Bobby Tench, guitarist Steve Simpson, Mel Collins, Neil Hubbard, John Halsey and bass player Kuma Harada. They were occasionally joined on stage by others such as Phil Collins, Joe Cocker, Kiki Dee and Eric Burdon.[6]

On 17 March 2015, a variation of the lineup appeared as Henry's Heroes at a benefit concert for Henry McCullough at the Half Moon music venue in Putney, London. They were also the backing band for Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe, Andy Fairweather Low, Suggs and Bobby Tench.[7]


Hinkley founded the music library and songwriting company iDigtunes in the 3rd millennium.[citation needed]


Other associations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Tim Hinkley discography". all.com. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Patto/Tim Hinkley". pattofan.com. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. ^ Neil Berry (24 October 1991). "Music: Monsters of Teutonic rock – Neil Berry on the sixties veterans whose legends live on in Germany". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Jody Grind biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Bloodletting". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Hinkley's Heroes". fridhammar.com. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  7. ^ Kielty, Martin (20 February 2015). "Henry McCullough. Help at the Half Moon". classicrock.teamrock.com. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  8. ^ Mike Joyce (31 May 1996). "British Blues, but Briefly". The Washington Post.

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