Nashville Music Legend Dead At 76
One of the most prolific and prominent musicians in the Nashville-area blues scene for more than half a century, James “Nick” Nixon was a treasured part of music’s history and will truly be missed.
Nixon, who passed away on Tuesday (February 28th, 2018), was just 76 years old. He was raised singing in church and grew up continuing to pursue music throughout school and his young adult years.
During the 1960s, Nixon became part of Jefferson Street’s incredible music scene and even rubbed shoulders with greats like Jimi Hendrix and Billy Cox. Later, he became the lead singer of the group King James and the Sceptres – one of Nashville’s first integrated music groups.
“James ‘Nick’ Nixon was an integral part of shaping the music on Jefferson Street which makes American music so important,” Sharon W. Hurt, President/CEO of the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership said in a release, according to The Tennessean. “He played extensively in the clubs along Jefferson Street. We especially appreciated his participation in the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival for many years, making sure that we ended it with a ‘jam.’ We were just one of many that he supported and lent his musical talents, every time he was called upon. His legacy is a key reason why J.U.M.P. developed the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival — to celebrate the rich musical legacy that people like Nick established as part of Music City’s fabric. He will truly be missed.”
In his later years, Nixon was part of The Andy T – Nick Nixon Band and together they released several records before Nixon retired in 2016. He also was a well-loved teacher of music programs and spent more than three decades doing so.
Nixon was honored by many on social media as they expressed their deep mourning and sadness with his passing. See some of the kind words many had to say about such a legendary musician below.