Personalities | Tim Hardin | Sixties | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, 1940–80)

He is most renowned for other artists’ interpretations of his compositions from the mid-1960s. While Rod Stewart took ‘Reason To Believe’ to No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic in 1971, the most ‘covered’ Hardin opus is ‘If I Were A Carpenter’, which provided hits for both Bobby Darin and The Four Tops. 1969 brought his only chart entry, ‘Simple Song Of Freedom’, a non-original. 1980’s in-concert Homecoming served as Hardin’s epitaph, preceding as it did his death a few months later.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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