I recently found out that Nikki Sudden passed away. He never quite got the fame he deserved. Maybe his sound was just a bit too quirky and British for the masses. We went through a pretty good amount of his records while I had the store, mostly because we played them from time to time (especially when Scott was working there).
Although I didn’t know him well, we did work together a bit on a Brian Wilson tribute album, Smiles, Vibes and Harmony album that I put out in the eighties. It was one of the first artist tribute albums released. Every song on it was recorded specifically for it, and, as far as I know, have not appeared anywhere else (if they did appear somewhere else, it was without my permission).
Nikki contributed a fantastic song which combined two of Brian Wilson’s lesser known songs, Wonderful and Whistle In. It has always been one of my favorite tracks on the album. We liked it so much, we made it the final song to close out the album.
You can find his site at http://www.nikkisudden.com/ . Click on his photo to get to the meat.