TCB Band : Glen D Hardin
Glen D Hardin was born in Collingsworth County, Texas. He learned to play the piano by the age of eight but hadn't thought about playing the piano professionally until he got a job in the infamous Palomino Club in Long Beach, California. His musical career then really took off in 1962 when he became a member of The Crickets, previously Buddy Holly's band.
During this time Glen started to write music and songs not only for The Crickets but also other fellow artists at Liberty Records. In 1965, one song, Count Me In became a number one hit for Gary Lewis and The Playboys. In the same year, he joined The Shindogs with James Burton and became a regular on the TV show Shindig. Through out the late sixties Glen D Hardin worked in recording studios with many other artists of that period.
He joined the TCB Band in 1970 through to 1976 and as well as playing piano for Elvis, both in recording sessions and live performances, Glen D arranged music for him and was a key member of the group. Glen received a gold record for arranging the music on Elvis' hit, The Wonder of You. Also during the seventies, he worked on recording sessions with Dean Martin, Gram Parsons and Linda Ronstadt and was a member of the Hot Band working with Emmylous Harris into the eighties. Glen, along with Jerry Scheff and James, also played with John Denver both on tour and in the studio.
Other recording artists he played with into the nineties were Bing Crosby, Kenny Rogers, Michael Nesmith (from The Monkeys), Hoyt Axton, Chris Hillman and reunion concerts with The Crickets. You will also see Glen D Hardin with the TCB Band on Roy Orbison's Black & White Night DVD.
In August of 1997, he teamed up once more with the TCB Band for the first ever production of Elvis - The Concert in Memphis, reuniting a whole host of musicians and singers with Elvis via video. He has since toured worldwide with this production and continues to perform with a number of other vocal artists, taking care of business musically with his three friends and colleagues.
This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.
The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.
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