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Hicks was born in Atlanta , Georgia, on December 21, 1941, [2] the oldest of five children. [3] As a child, he moved with his family around the United States, as his father, Rev John Hicks Sr, took up jobs with the Methodist church. [2] His family was middle class; "I was brought up as a decent human being, where you had aspirations and there were expectations", he commented. [2] He began playing the piano aged six or seven in Los Angeles. [2] [4] His mother, Pollie, [1] was his first piano teacher. [5] He also took organ lessons, sang in choirs and tried the violin and trombone. [2] He began playing the piano in church once he could read music, around the age of 11. [6] His development accelerated once his family moved to St. Louis , when Hicks was 14 and he settled on the piano. [2] In St. Louis, he attended Sumner High School . [7] While there, he played in schoolmate Lester Bowie 's band, the Continentals. [8] Hicks cited influences "from Fats Waller to Thelonious Monk to Methodist church hymns", [5] as well as local pianists. [2] He was initially interested in the blues-based compositions of Horace Silver and popular songs such as " I Got Rhythm " and " There Will Never Be Another You ", for their easily recognised harmonies. [9]


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