The Nice

Formed 1967. Disbanded 1970.
The Nice


The Nice were an English progressive rock band from the 1960s, known for their blend of rock, jazz and classical music. Their debut album, The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack was released in 1967 to immediate acclaim. It is sometimes considered[according to whom?] the first true progressive rock album. The Nice are also a forerunner of the much more widely known Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The Nice consisted initially of keyboardist Keith Emerson, bassist/vocalist Lee Jackson, guitarist David O'List, more commonly known as "Davy", and drummer Ian Hague, quickly replaced by Brian Davison. The band took their name from Steve Marriott's slang term for being high, a term he used in the song "Here Come the Nice". Marriott originally wanted to give the name to a band he was producing, called The Little People. Andrew Loog Oldham took it upon himself to rename The Little People Apostolic Intervention, and dubbed the Emerson, Jackson, Davison, O'List group "The Nice". According to Lee Jackson and Emerson's autobiography Pictures of an Exhibitionist suggests that the name originated with a suggestion from P. P. Arnold. The reference to "being high" is not mentioned, instead a routine by hipster/comic Lord Buckley is quoted.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Live at the Fillmore East December 1969

    Live at the Fillmore East December 1969 2009

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Keith Emerson's first prog trio in full live action.
  2. Review of Five Bridges

    Five Bridges 2009

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    The prog trio's orchestral masterpiece featuring some legendary jazz names.
  3. Review of Swedish Radio Sessions

    Swedish Radio Sessions

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...the band discovered a talent for stage craft and theatre which, when married to...
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