Singer, songwriter Tim Hardin
Singer ~ Songwriter
birth name: James Timothy Hardin

Tim Hardin

December 23, 1941, Eugene, OR ~ December 29, 1980, Hollywood, CA

An American folk musician and composer. He wrote the Top 40 hits ‘If I Were a Carpenter,’ covered by, among others, Bobby Darin, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, The Four Tops, and Robert Plant; his song ‘Reason to Believe’ has been covered by many artists, including Rod Stewart (who had a chart hit with the song). Hardin is also known for his own recording career. ~ Wikipedia: Tim Hardin ~ retrieved December 16, 2013 © Wikipedia

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The second album’s release prompted Bobby Darin to record If I Were a Carpenter. It was a massive hit, although Tim was said to be deeply unhappy with it. His first hearing prompted him to stop his car, get out and start stamping on the ground in rage. Tim later denied this story, saying that he had no problems with Darin's version of the song or its release before his version. What Tim failed to do was capitalise on Darin’s success. He developed stage fright and proved to be a most unreliable performer, either arranging gigs, then not turning up or appearing when he was in no condition to go on stage. If he had toured the second album, he could have built up a significant fan base. Instead, one of the most talented singer-songwriters of the sixties was on a pattern of self-destruction. One of his biggest chances for international recognition was when he was asked to open Woodstock. The festival was originally planned as a two-day event, but in the later stages this was increased to three days, with the addition of a number of acoustic acts on the Friday evening. Tim's fear of facing an audience without the support of chemicals led to him being in no state to go on, so Richie Havens was bumped up to become first act on. Although clearly stoned, Tim did perform later on the Friday, but nothing of his show made it onto the original film. ~ Tim Hardin ~ retrieved December 16, 2013 ©

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