Tim Hardin has today’s almost forgotten track


Tim Hardin was one of the best singer/songwriters of the early 70s, composing more than a few standards covered by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin and Rod Stewart…most notably, If I Were a Carpenter stands out, but my own favourite was this song, Hang On to a Dream…to the best of my recollection I learned of the song through a recording by Keith Emerson’s original group The Nice…Tim had more demons than many, and his addictions contributed to an early departure, but this performance of the song, late in his career, is almost heartbreaking…


Greg Simpson

Greg Simpson firmly believes his career in the music industry officially began on March 14, 1965 when a band gave him ten dollars as commission for helping them find a gig. He hasn’t looked back since then and looks forward to celebrating his fiftieth in 2015 with an enormous party paid for by the hundreds of dollars he’s made since then.

His career has covered all aspects from radio for many years, and including working for record labels, artists and, since 1992, Canadian Music Week where he programs the radio stream and manages all conference streams and events in real time annually. He also attends half a dozen conferences a year doing research for CMW and is generally accepted as a knowledgeable cat with a few stories to tell. At the root of it all, though, is his undying love for music and musicians.

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Published on July 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson


July 13, 2017 - 8:49 am

Rocker Rich

Yeah, Tim and Bobby Darin had a mutual admiration. Bobby’s version of If I Were A Carpenter remains timeless. Tim returned the favour by covering Bobby’s social-conscience composition Simple Song Of Freedom. Both died way too young.

Kind of scratching my head at learning The Nice covered a Hardin song. Did Keith stick to acoustic piano? Or was it ramped up a la later EL&P dramatics?

July 13, 2017 - 11:16 am

Greg Simpson

Best way to answer your question is to share this clip with you Rich… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RSRoM_fc9I

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