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The Obscure Music Club

Tim Hardin – great pure fragility

  • By: Alo
  • Category: Sound
Born in Oregon, after graduating from mariners in 1959, he was sent to Vietnam. After this shocking experience, he moved to New York where he enrolled at the Academy of Dramatic Arts that he frequented for a short time. In the big apple he began singing in the streets of the Greenwich Village environment. Lately he moved to Boston where he is noticed by Erik Jacobsen for a contract with Columbia. He returns to New York, records some songs that are not yet published and the contract was shrunk. The following year, after a short break in Los Angeles, where he met Susan Morss, who signed for Verve with whom he released his first album, Tim Hardin I, in 1966, containing Reason To Believe and Misty Roses. In 1967 he released his second album, Tim Hardin II, with his most famous ballad If I were a Carpenter, who joined Bobby Darin in the Top 10 of the Best Selling Singles. After a live, Tim Hardin 3 Live in Concert and another record (Tim Hardin 4) signed for Columbia with which he released three more albums. In the 1970s, the dependence on heroin, which apparently had begun to be used in the years of marines, becomes the master of his life, his latest 1973 record, Nine will only be released in the United States only in 1976. Tim Hardin died of overdose in 1980 and was buried at Twin Oaks Cemetery in Turner, Oregon.

His style combines folk blues, jazz and psychedelic elements in his innate sens of melody and his unique sweet worm voice. Many of his records have long been unavailable, only in recent years his work has been re-evaluated and his records reprinted. Still less known in Europe, in US he is now recognized as one of the most important music’s poet of the last age as demonstrated by the fact that many of his pieces have been reinterpreted by a a huge number of great musicians.