Born: 1926 Tuscaloosa, AL
He earned a Masters in music education in 1952 at Howard University. He gained his first exposure as a jazz pianist, playing for blues singer George Craft at a D.C. club called the OffBeat. In 1956, he met Billie Holiday. Subsequently, Holiday offered him a job an offer he accepted and an arrangement that lasted some three years. From 1960-1965, Hopkins played with the house orchestra at the Howard Theater, working with such performers and old friends as Sarah Vaughn, Red Foxx, Slappy White, and the notorious Jewel Box Revue.
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame