It’s ELVIS WEEK: At the piano

ELVIS WEEK continues today with a special guest:

Virtual Elvis Week will be offered through a private, closed Facebook group which will allow fans the opportunity to watch the special programming at the best time for them. All concerts, panels and other special content will be available for viewing through the end of August. Tickets for Virtual Elvis Week 2020 are $39 and available for purchase online.

Today at Graceland:

2016 An Afternoon with Elvis’ Piano Man, Glen D. Hardin
Available for viewing starting at 6:00 PM CT.

A throwback to Elvis Week 2016, join us for a special event featuring TCB Band member Glen Hardin and musician Andy Childs as they share stories and music. Glen, who performed and played piano for Elvis from 1970 to 1976, has an incredible resume as a musician, songwriter and arranger – and was responsible for a large percentage of Elvis’ orchestral arrangements, many of which he would stay up writing overnight because Elvis would decide he wanted to do a new song on a whim.

Hardin says he started arranging material for Elvis soon after he met him.

He came in one day, and started singing ‘Let It Be Me’, the Everly Brothers song. The orchestra took a break, he started singing it and we started playing along with him. But he didn’t know the words, he couldn’t remember them. I didn’t know them either. And then when the orchestra came back after the break, he said: ‘Well, maybe we’ll work on that tomorrow or sometime when I get the words’. So when the rehearsal was over that day, I went upstairs and called Los Angeles and got the words, and I sat down and arranged that. I put that together for him, and had it there the next day. Hired some people to copy the music and all that. And when he came in to rehearse, I had a security guard come and tell me that he was coming down the hallway. Just as he got to the door, I kicked it off with the orchestra, and then he’d know what it was. I handed him a big lyric sheet with all the words on it. He just loved it. And it’s such a beautiful song, you know, it’s just one of those that you can’t miss.

 

BONUS!

Elvis was the first solo entertainer to hold a live concert broadcast internationally via satellite in 1973. More than a billion people from more than 40 countries across Asia and Europe tuned in to watch “Aloha from Hawaii.”

Audience tickets for the January 14 concert and its January 12 pre-broadcast rehearsal show carried no price. Each audience member was asked to pay whatever he or she could afford. The performance and concert merchandise sales raised $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund in Hawaii.

Glen Hardin solos.

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