Glen D.  Hardin

April 18, 1939, Hollis, Oklahoma

     
Glen D. grew up in Texas and discovered the new music scene in
Los Angeles in 1961, after leaving the army. Less than a few
months later, he was the regular piano player at the worldwide
known Palomino Club.

Hardin's first major gig came that same year, 1961, when he
became a member of
the Crickets, the Texas-spawned band
founded by
Buddy Holly and led by drummer Jerry Allison in
the wake of
Holly's death. Glen played piano on the singles
My Little Girl and La Bamba, and on their album California
Sun; additionally, after
Joe B. Mauldin left the group, Hardin
furnished their bass sound with a Fender Rhodes piano bass.
He also wrote songs with
Crickets guitarist/singer Sonny Curtis,
co-authoring the group's single Teardrops Feel Like Rain,
and the songs Count Me In, My Heart's Symphony, and
Where Will the Word Come From, recorded by their fellow
Liberty Records artists
Gary Lewis & the Playboys
.

During the second half of the 1960s, Glen D. Hardin kept busy
and highly visible as a member of
the Shindogs, the house band
on the weekly ABC rock & roll showcase series Shindig, which
had been put together by
Leon Russell and included James
Burton
as leader and lead guitarist. He also played on records
by
Merle Haggard and Hamilton Camp. It was through Russell
that Hardin played on records for
Delaney Bramlett and, in
tandem with
Burton that, in 1970, he started working with Elvis
Presley
. Glen D. wasn’t the original piano player in the TCB
Band, as he replaced Larry Muhoberac who quit in 1970.

During his long career, Hardin has played on recordings for
numerous singers in a variety of music genres including:
Emmylou Harris, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Buck Owens,
Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Rivers, Merle Haggard,
Michael Nesmith, Waylon Jennings, and Dwight Yoakam. He
also played piano on the Roy Orbison television special,
A Black and White Night
.
Glen D. still lives in Nashville,
where he works as a full time studio musician.

 
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