Steve Hardin

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Steve Hardin
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Background information
Birth name Stephen Joseph Hardin
Born October 27, 1946, Santa Monica, California
Died June 28, 2015, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Genres Country, Rock, Blues, Reggae
Instruments Keyboards, Harmonica, Clavinet
Associated acts Point Blank, Steppenwolf, Glen Campbell

Stephen Joseph Hardin (October 27, 1946 – June 28, 2015) was an American songwriter, keyboardist, and harmonica and clavinet player. He was probably best known as the writer of top-ten country hits "I Love My Truck" (#10, Glen Campbell) and "Breakin' Down" (#10, Waylon Jennings), although his diverse career included performing tours with Point Blank, Glen Campbell and Steppenwolf; a seven-year gig in a south Florida Reggae band; and a solo CD with backup vocals by Gretchen Wilson.


Hardin played in bands in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa in the late 1960s and early 1970s before joining Point Blank as a keyboard man in 1977. The band's next album release, Airplay, including his composition "Mean to Your Queenie", which would become the band's trademark concert theme song.[citation needed]

Hardin met John Kay when Steppenwolf was opening for Point Blank in a venue in west Texas, and Kay offered Hardin a keyboard job with Steppenwolf. Hardin accepted, and spent the rest of the year touring with the band.[citation needed]

While back in L.A. with Steppenwolf, Hardin learned that Glen Campbell was wanting to hire a full-time writer for his records, tours, and T.V. performances. He interviewed, got the job, and spent the next five years working with Campbell writing songs (using the name Joe Rainey), touring, and performing on The Glen Campbell Music Show.[citation needed]

After working with Campbell, Hardin started hanging out at Nashville's Hall of Fame Club, and he met and married Tulsa country music singer Gus Hardin. He stayed with Gus and her band for about a year before striking out for south Florida, where he spent the next seven years playing Reggae. From there he moved on to Nashville's The Bourbon Street Club, and helped to form the house band for the venue, Blues-U-Can-Use.[citation needed]


Original songs[edit]

Year Song Artist/Group Chart Positions Album
US Country[1] US[1] CAN Country[2][3]
1979 "Mean To Your Queenie" Point Blank Airplay
"Shine On"
"Danger Zone"
1980 "Somebody Trying to Tell You Something" Tanya Tucker Dreamlovers
"My Song"
1981 "Rollin'" (Joe Rainey, Jack Tempchin) Glen Campbell It's the World Gone Crazy
"It's Your World"
"I Love My Truck" 10 94 39 The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia soundtrack
"Heartache #3" Tanya Tucker Should I Do It
"Rodeo Girls" (Joe Rainey, Tanya Tucker) 83
1982 "Hang On Baby (Ease My Mind)" (Joe Rainey, Dan Rogers) Glen Campbell Old Home Town
"A Few Good Men"
1983 "Breakin' Down" Waylon Jennings 10 4 It's Only Rock + Roll
1987 "Arkansas" Glen Campbell Still Within the Sound of My Voice
1991 "A Few Good Men" Glen Campbell Show Me Your Way


  • The Current ( - Vol. 7, No. 8, August 2010
  • Nashville Music Networking - Issue 11, August 1996