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Additional musicians from 1969 - 1977
Although our website/fan club focuses on the current members of the TCB Band, we acknowledge that there have been a number of other musicians who have worked with Elvis during his live performances and recording sessions from 1969 to 1977 and/or contributed to the phenomenal production of Elvis - The Concert. In order to recognise their valuable contribution to the music world, we have endeavoured to include brief biographies below (please note that they are not listed in any particular order).
After Elvis Presley's 1968 TV Special it was time to return to his audience. One thing had to be done though before he could. He needed a good solid band with him. His original band members, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana had both returned to sessions work and Bill Black, who formed The Bill Black Combo, passed away in 1965. Elvis contacted James Burton as he had a lot of respect and admiration for James' work. He discussed his plans to return to live performances and expressed the desire to return to the stage with a supporting band made up of the best musicians possible. James was the man to get a band together.
The first person to be contacted by James was friend and musician Glen D Hardin, both having worked together on the TV series Shindig and former musicians in The Shindogs. Unfortunately, due to prior commitments, Glen D declined the offer. Larry Muhoberac was then contacted and James was more than familiar with his sessions work, as Larry had worked on soundtracks for some of Elvis' movies, Larry gladly accepted the invitation. Next up was a call to Jerry Scheff. James and Jerry had worked on an album together in 1968. However, Jerry didn't really want to accept the offer, as truth be known, Elvis' work didn't really appeal to him. He was a 'Blues Man.' That said, this didn't stop him showing up to check things out. Jerry was bowled over with Elvis' style, performance and persona. By going home time, he had changed his mind and accepted the job offer. John Wilkinson had already been asked to join earlier, through Colonel Parker, and had agreed to play rhythm guitar. The band was incomplete however, as a drummer was still needed. As luck would have it, Larry had become great friends with drummer Ronnie Tutt. They got to know each other in Memphis and Dallas, running a sessions studio and playing together. Larry and Ronnie had previously talked and agreed if the opportunity came up, he would put a word in for Ronnie, so he was invited to fly in for an audition. The day after the audition, Ronnie called James to hear the great news. No doubt about it, Elvis had decided that Ronnie was the man for the seat. (He got the job).
In July of 1969, Elvis returned to live performances after an eight year absence. By mid July 1969 Elvis and the newly formed TCB Band where well in to rehearsals for the four week stint due to start July 31st 1969 at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, ending August 28th, a total of fifty seven shows. At this time, the TCB Band consisted of James Burton (lead guitar), Jerry Scheff (bass guitar), John Wilkinson (rhythm guitar), Larry Muhoberac (piano) and Ronnie Tutt (drums). During 1970, personnel changed and this was the start of some of the original musicians being replaced on a temporary basis by others. James Burton and John Wilkinson are the two members of the band not to have been replaced and remained in the band for each show from July 31st 1969 until the final performance on June 26th 1977 at The Market Square Arena, Indianapolis.
Here, we have tried to put together a brief biography in recognition of each musician's contribution to the TCB Band. To add an extra dimension, we have also included external web links where relevant.
Norbert Putnam - (Bass)
Norbert Putnam grew up in the Muscle Shoals area of North Alabama. At the age of 19 he dropped out of college, much to the despair of his parents to play bass on the first hit records that established 'Muscle Shoals' as a recording destination. In 1964 the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (Norbert, David Briggs, Jerry Carrigan and Terry Thompson) opened the first American Beatles concert in Washington, DC. Later that year Norbert moved to Nashville and quickly became Nashvilles busiest pop/rock bassist playing on thousands of recordings by such diverse artists as Henry Mancini, Al Hirt, Tony Joe White, JJ Cale, Loretta Lynn, Chet Atkins, Bobby Goldsboro, Elvis and Roy Orbison.
In 1970 Norbert and David Briggs opened Quadrafonic Studios and formed Danor Music Publishing. That same year good friend Kris Kristofferson asked Norbert to produce the Joan Baez album 'Blessed Are.' The subsequent hit single 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' sold over a million copies and soon artists like Jimmy Buffet (Margariaville, etc) Dan Fogelberg (Longer, Same Old Lang Syne, etc) came calling. Norbert was to become Nashville's top pop/rock producer and Quad became Nashville's number one independant studio. Danor music went on to rank in the top ten of Nashville's music publishers and produced three world famous writers, Tony Seals, Max T. Barnes and Will Jennings.
In the early 1980's Norbert moved South to beautiful Franklin, TN. and opened 'The Bennett House' studios, a pioneering effort that would bring more than seventy studios to the area. A few years later, with pals Denny Purcell and Ron Bledsoe, Norbert formed 'Georgetown Masters' with Norbert Putnam's esoteric hi - fi listening design. Georgetown went on to become one of the top five mastering rooms in America.
In recent years, Norbert Putnam or 'Putt' as Elvis called him, was inducted in to The Alabama Music Hall of Fame and now serves on their board of governors. He was also honored by the State of Tennessee when Governor Phil Bredesen signed a unanimous Senate proclamation acknowledging Norberts contribution to Tennessee music. He was honoured again this November with the Cecil Scaife Visionary Award from Belmont University. Recently Norbert and his talented designer wife Sheryl, have established residence back in Tennessee to be near their expanding number of grandchildren.
Norbert and Jean Fogelberg are currently producing a Dan Fogelberg tribute album with all profits going to the Prostrate Cancer Foundation. Dan succumbed to prostrate cancer three years ago. Later next year Norbert will be touring with the Uh Band of Legends, a group of superstar studio musicians who backed up a majority of the great recording acts from the last five decades of American music. He will also join old friends from the Elvis touring band The TCB Band for concerts in Europe. Norbert will be touring with The TCB Band and the original cast for the 2012 Elvis In Concert Tour. Joining the band for the European tours Norbert informed us that it was the first time ever performing in front of a live audience! Prior to this he has always been in a studio. As well as enjoying the 'live' experience he has almost completed his autobiography and the final chapter will focus on 'working with Elvis again' on the big tour!
Norbert first played bass for Elvis in 1966 on the recording 'Beyond The Reef' when Felton Jarvis had him overdub the bass to the song in August 1968. His session with Elvis began in 1970 during the infamous four day marathon at RCA Studio B in Nashville. Norbert is honoured to have played bass on 122 recordings by The King of Rock n Roll.
Paul Leim - (Drums)
For most musicians, there is a distinct separation between various segments of the entertainment industry. Few musicians have so successfully bridged the gap between records, motion pictures, live performances and television. Paul has compiled an enviable track record in all four areas and has earned his distinction as one of the foremost drummers in the entertainment industry worldwide. In concert venues and sound stages all over the world, Paul has performed for a seemingly endless list of top artists, composers and producers including John Williams, Doc Severinsen, The Berlin Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Boston Pops, Tom Jones, Randy Travis, Peter Cetera, Neil Diamond, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Elvis: The Concert with The TCB Band.
Paul performed on the motion pictures, Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, The River, Tank, The Legend of DB Cooper and Dirty Dancing. Episodic television series and specials include Wonder Woman, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazard, three Elvis mini series, Fall Guy, Spencer for Hire, The Tonight Show, Growing Pains, Battlestar Galactica, Barbara Mandrel and the Mandrel Sisters and Dolly. He has performed on The Grammy Awards, eight years on Dick Clark's American Music Awards, four years with The Academy of Country Music Awards and the perennial Grand Ole Opry. His multiple gold and platinum album credits include Lionel Ritchie, Dolly Parton, Peter Cetera, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Michael W Smith, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, PUR, Lorrie Morgan, Mark Chestnut, Lyle Lovett, Sandi Patti, Amy Grant, Colin Raye, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Bob Segar and Kenney Chesney.
Of the thousands of records, soundtracks and albums Paul has played on, over one hundred and fifty have been Dove, Grammy, CMA, ACM, CCMA, American Music Award or Academy Award recipients. Multiple gold and platinum recordings with top artists total over three hundred million units sold, representing over four billion dollars in record sales.
Paul is an eight time Academy of Country Music drummer of the year nominee, multiple award winner of the Nashville Music Award, drummer/percussionist and Nashville Music Row Magazine's Top Ten Music All Stars Award winner. Most recently he is the winner of Drum Magazine's Drummie of the year (Country Category), three years in a row and Modern Drummer Magazine Reader's Poll drummer of the year (country category) for the eighth year in a row (2001 - 2008). He is also on the advisory board and is a contributing writer for Modern Drummer Magazine and My Machine Magazine, as well as an endorsee for Yamaha drums (1983), Paiste Cymbals (1987), Remo Drum Heads (1986) and Vic Firth drum sticks. Click here to listen to Paul warming up.
Paul lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Jeanie.
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John Wilkinson - (Rhythm Guitar)
John Wilkinson was born in Washington DC in 1945. He was raised in Springfield Missouri. John's father was a Professor of Psychology and his mother, a wonderful home maker. He had a good and happy childhood and wonderful parents. Music was the main focal point in the home and never a day would go by without it. When John first heard and watched Elvis as a young boy, it was at the time Elvis was in the Louisiana Hayride. He loved his music which was totally different to what they were used to in Springfield. Folk were used to country music. John's parents' reaction to hearing Elvis was one thing, but seeing him was another. They were conservative people and not excited with the image of their son's idol, however this did not deter him from buying Elvis' records and eventually his parents accepted John's new tastes.
When John first saw Elvis on TV, he did not like the way he played and treated his Martin D18 guitar and swore that one day he would tell him. John started playing the guitar himself at the age of five and by the age of six, he was also playing the banjo.
Elvis came to John's hometown and was second bill to Hank Snow. They were appearing at The Shrine Mosque, about the only place in Springfield to hold any shows. John found out when the sound checks were taking place and decided to make his way there to try and get to see and to speak to Elvis. He went in search of the dressing room and eventually found him. After knocking first before entering, he extended his hand to Elvis introducing himself. Elvis being the polite guy he was, invited him to sit down and asked him what he was doing there. John replied, "Elvis, you can't play guitar worth a damn." Elvis laughed and challenged John to play guitar for him. Against the wall was an old Gibson J45. He played and sang for Elvis and he was impressed with this kid. However, the conversation was soon interrupted when two burly guys entered the room and wanted to know what John was doing there. Elvis told them that John was his friend and he had just given him a guitar lesson. Before leaving Elvis told John that one day they would meet again.
John was always into folk music and listened to and copied the likes of The Kingston Trio (who John became a member of and left in 1975) The Weavers, Peter, Paul and Mary and Gordon Lightfoot. Forming his own band at school, 'The Coachmen' he started performing professionally at 13 years of age, earning himself $25. His influences in music as well as Elvis, were Johnny Cash, Wilbur Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs (Scruggs inspiring him to play banjo). He enjoyed Gospel music too because of the harmonies, influences similar to Elvis'.
Around 1964 John moved to California and attended university. It was also to be his second meeting with Elvis. John was working successfully in the clubs and bars, building himself an excellent reputation in the recording studios. He and his band played at the famous Whiskey A Go Go Bar in L.A. John received a phone call one weekend from the manager asking him if he and his band would stand in on the opening act for Jefferson Airplane. Later that evening following the show, he was changing in his dressing room when he noticed a huge frame of a man in his door way through the mirror, a guy he found out later to be one of Elvis' body guards, a native American known as 'Chief.' He informed John that someone wanted to see him right away in the club. John wasn't going to argue and went with him. He was led over to a table roped off in the corner and Elvis was there. He remembered John from the meeting they had in Springfield when he was nine years old and his guitar lesson. John was invited back to the house to sing some country and gospel songs and to just hang out there. On leaving the house in the wee hours of the next morning, Elvis told John that one day he was going to quit movies and return to performing. "I really hope that you do Elvis," John replied.
In the middle of 1968, John received another phone call. This time it was not from the manager of a night club. It was Elvis himself. It was common knowledge to John's friends that he listened to Elvis, and he thought it was one of them playing a trick on him and hung up! The phone rang again and the voice on the other end told him not to hang up, that it really was Elvis. Elvis reminded him of the conversation he had with him about returning to live performances and that he had a bunch of the best musicians ready for his band. Red and Sonny West were sent to pick John up and take him to Elvis' home. At the house, the mics and sound systems where set up and they began to play. Elvis was delighted with the sound and sent everyone home, except John. There was still a position for a rhythm guitarist and Elvis wanted John to fill it. He accepted the offer and the deal was sealed with a hand shake.
At this time, not only did he join The TCB Band but John also went into the recording studios at RCA and released his first single, Your A Woman followed by You Got Nothing To Be Ashamed Of and The Last Resort. After Elvis died, John returned to L.A. and formed a band called 'Justice.' After a time, John realised that he needed a change and joined a company called Radio Shack, later moving on to an aircraft company. Unfortunately John suffered a stroke in 1989 but it didn't stop him returning to music. After a period of rehabilitation, he appeared at an Elvis tribute show in Germany and was once again reunited with Kathy Westmoreland, J.D. Sumner and The Stamps, The Jordanaires and Sean Neilson.
Today, John still makes guest appearances, sometimes with the current TCB Band. He is still a big hit with the audience and still proud of his time with his boss and best friend, Elvis Presley. John has also written a book 'My Life Before, During and After Elvis Presley.'
John Wilkinson was Elvis Presley's rhythm guitarist from July 1969 until June 26th 1977.
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Charlie Hodge - (Acoustic Guitar)
Charlie Hodge was born in Decauter, Alabama in 1934. He learned to play ukulele at a young age and was also a dab hand as a "bit of a comedian." He graduated from "The Stamp School Of Music" and along with a fellow student Bill Gaither, they formed a quartet calling themselves The Path Finders and stayed together for a year. Charlie was a great lover of gospel music and by the age of twenty, was lead singer with The Foggy River Boys, taking along with him a coke crate to stand on as a result of being only 5' 3" in height. The rest of the guys towered over him so the crate gave him that few extra inches.
Charlie's first meeting with Elvis took place in Memphis. The very popular Foggy River Boys were appearing at the time on The ABC Network Show. Elvis went back stage to meet him and the band. He never saw Elvis again until 1958 when they were both drafted into the army. They met up in Fort Hood and although never stationed together, Elvis remembered Charlie from their meeting back in Memphis. After Fort Hood, they travelled together on the same ship to Germany. Elvis had requested for Charlie to share the same accommodation with him. They talked often about home, gospel music and the people they both knew in the business. During their time in Germany Elvis was granted leave to return to Graceland when his mother became ill. Sadly Gladys Presley died during that time and after returning to the army, it was Charlie who Elvis sought solace in. This was the time that the true friendship started between both of them and he spent every weekend with Elvis and the rest of the entourage hanging out at Elvis' home at the time.
In 1960 both Elvis' and Charlie's duty ended and Elvis wanted Charlie to go back to Memphis with him to be involved with his recordings. Elvis was doing an album called Elvis Is Back and together they recorded a duet I Will Be Home Again. He also co-wrote along with Red West and Elvis Presley You'll Be Gone. Elvis and Charlie where extremely close and he actually lived at Graceland for a time before moving into a house on the grounds. Elvis wanted Charlie's room to extend his own personal wardrobe! As well as being involved with recording he was given small roles in some of Elvis' movies; Clambake (1967), Speedway (1968), and Charro (1969).
During 1961-1966 Charlie got restless sitting around whilst Elvis was making his movies. They would all arrive about 8am just to sit around till 5pm before they did anything. Charlie spoke to Elvis about going out and playing the night clubs again with Jimmy Wakely. He had known Jimmy since Red Foley's TV series The Ozark Jubilee. He got the ok from Elvis, just as long as he returned to him when he wasn't working. He toured Vegas, did shows in Lake Tahoe and Reno and returning to do soundtrack work for Elvis' movies. Charlie stayed with Jimmy until 1966 working alongside of Loui Kramer and Harry James and The Orchestra. Finding it exhausting doing this and working for Elvis too, he decided to leave Jimmy to work for Elvis full time.
Charlie was part of the fantastic 1968 TV Special and appeared with Elvis along with Scotty Moore, Bill Black, DJ Fontana and bassist Alan Fortas. He witnessed and experienced the excitement of Elvis' comeback firsthand. In 1969 he was included in the line up along with The TCB Band, for Elvis' return to live performances. He appeared with Elvis until his last concert on June 26th 1977.
After Elvis' death, Charlie acted as an advisor for several films made about Elvis. He toured the world talking about Elvis and performing shows in Elvis' memory and spent fifteen years performing at The Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Sadly Charlie developed lung cancer and passed away in March 2006.
Charlie ('Cholly') spent seventeen years as guitarist, back up singer and friend to Elvis. He was the guy who handed him his scarves, gave him his water (wearing it sometimes too!) and catching that flying guitar when it came in his direction, never missing once.
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Duke Bardwell - (Bass Guitar)
Duke Bardwell was born in Baton Rouge Louisiana in 1943. He came from a family of nine and all were named after universities. Duke started to play ukelele at the age of five when his mother bought him one but he tried out playing piano too, finding that he preferred the ukulele. It wasn't long before he mastered the guitar followed by the trumpet. Duke was blessed with a good singing voice too and complemented with his musical talents, he found himself in some of the best R&B bands in Baton Rouge in the 60's. While still at school he played at weekends in a band. From there he joined The Dixie Crystals.
Eventually Duke formed a band of his own calling them The Greek Fountains, a rock band combining R&B into their act. Not long after getting the band together they released their first single Countin' The Steps. Joined by Butch Hornsby and Big Luther Kent they made an album called The Greek Fountains Riverfront Band Take Requests. Duke found himself and his band playing concerts with The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, Paul Revere and The Raiders and Sonny and Cher. Duke also worked with Tom Rush, Kenny Loggins, Emmylou Harris and more.
Duke moved to Los Angeles and played bass and sang with friend Casey Kelly as a duo, opening for Loggins And Messina. A friend of Duke's who knew Jose Feliciano called him to come over to play and sing for Jose's wife who looked after Jose's business for him. They used him as a bass player on sessions with Jose. One day the drummer who was to be there for this particular session couldn't do it and Duke found out that the stand in was going to be Ronnie Tutt. After the session Duke spoke with Ronnie about Elvis as to what he was like as a person. They talked about Elvis for a while before parting company. Not long after this recording session, Jose had a party and asked Duke to play bass along with Steve Cropper and Jose on guitars. The drummer was Ronnie Tutt, much to Duke's delight. A few weeks later Duke received a call from Ronnie to say Emory Gordy was leaving the band and he was going to put a word in for him about the possibilities of replacing him. Ronnie thought Duke fit for the job because he was..."a simple but funky feel-good player." Duke was elated. He flew to the RCA studios in Los Angeles for the audition and in January 1974, got the job as bass player. It was a dream come true, working for Elvis Presley! Duke sat in on the recording of Elvis' album, Elvis Recorded Live On Stage In Memphis and for part of the Today album. Duke covered all of the 1974 shows and the first part of the 75 Vegas engagement. He remained with The TCB Band until Jerry Scheff's return in April 1975.
After leaving The TCB Band, Duke remained in California for a short while before starting up another band. He eventually took himself back to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and continued to write and work with local bands throughout the 80's. Eventually he moved to Florida with his second wife and started a restaurant business with some friends. This lasted for twelve years before he returned to what he loved best. After going back to the music business he met Washboard Jackson And His Action Contraption and this meeting resulted in the formation of Duke's band Hubba Hubba. Together, they released an album called Angel Wings and still performs with the band today.
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Tony Brown - (Keyboards)
Tony Brown was born in 1946 into a family heavily involved with gospel music. Tony's father was a preacher and the bulk of his musical education came from this genre. At thirteen Tony was playing piano and it wasn't too long before he played in the family gospel group. He remained with gospel music for thirteen years in all and it was indeed a great inspiration to him in life. After moving on from the family group he spent seven years with J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet, eventually working for The Blackwood Brothers. Tony was a talented arranger and his presence created a huge impact on the group. He left the Blackwood Brothers around 1972 and was replaced by Tommy Fairchild, a former Oak Ridge Boy. He then moved to Nashville seeking a new direction in his career. He joined The Oakridge Boys who were extremely popular back in the 70's. Their music consisted of gospel AND country, an opportunity for Tony to ease away slowly from so much gospel and into country music.
Tony's first meeting with Elvis Presley was at The International Hotel in Vegas. He was working with JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet at the time. After the show, on J.D.'s instruction, it was a drawing of the straws situation between them all as to who would go back stage to meet Elvis. Tony drew the short straw! Of course J.D. meeting Elvis after the show was a dead cert as he was Elvis' hero. Tony's second meeting with Elvis was in Memphis. It took place at The National Quartet Convention which is a yearly gathering of all Southern Gospel Quartets. Elvis would turn up at some stage to meet up with J.D. and other gospel singers.
Tony's first taste of working with Elvis occurred when he was picked to join the group Voice. The gospel group was put together by Sherrill Neilson and the name was Elvis' idea. Voice would open the shows and where also used as a house band to entertain Elvis and his entourage at his various homes. Sometimes though, they played background on recording sessions. Tony went to a recording session at RCA in Hollywood. Elvis was recording his Today album. They were trying out a track from the album called Bringing It Back. Tony was there with the rest of Voice to do any backgrounds Elvis may have wanted them to do. He was summoned over by David Briggs and told to play the song. Elvis was impressed with Tony's input, so it ended up being recorded with Tony on keyboards. His next recording involvement with Elvis was on the Moody Blue release which was recorded in the Jungle Room at Graceland.
After Voice split up, Tony worked for Elvis again in his band and played his first concert as a full time member of The TCB Band in April of 1976. He played at each concert up until the final one on June 26th 1977 at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis. After Elvis' death, Tony thought, "What now?" Working for Elvis had been the most exciting and achieving time in his career. However, Tony soon became a highly sort after musician in Nashville and has worked and recorded with some of the best, such as Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band, Ricky Scagga, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell and many more. He was head hunted by RCA and while with RCA he signed up the group Alabama, who are the biggest selling group in country music history. Later, Tony became president of MCA in Nashville and after seventeen years, he resigned. Now a senior partner at Universal South Records, he is still producing for many of the top names in the music industry today.
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David Briggs - (Keyboards)
David Briggs was born in Alabama, the famous music of the Muscle Shoal area and birth place of W.C. Handy, Father Of The Blues, in 1943. David, in his younger years learned to play keyboards and played his first recording session at the age of fourteen. His first break as a session player was for James Joiner and it was through his connection with Joiner's Tune Records, who formed the foundations for the Muscle Shoal Music Industry, he made contact with Jerry Carrigan (drummer), Norbert Putnam (bassist) and Terry Thompson (guitarist). Together they formed The Muscle Shoals rhythm section at Rick Hall's Fame Studio, participating in hits released by Tommy Roe, The Tams and others. Tommy Roe took the band on tour with him and before they knew it, they were opening shows for The Beatles. During 1962, David was signed up as an artist and songwriter for Decca Record Company, finally moving to Nashville and finding himself in constant demand as one of Nashville's most versatile session keyboard players.
In 1966, David was called into the recording studios to stand in for Floyd Cramer, who was three hours late for one of the recording sessions. The sessions involved work on the How Great Though Art album. Floyd Cramer's loss was David's gain as he also got to play piano on Love Letters. Elvis liked David and was impressed with his style and versatility. He was asked to stay on and play organ on the rest of the sessions after Floyd returned to play piano. David continued to record with Elvis until his final recording sessions in 1976. He played electric piano on the very first part of the 1975 Vegas engagement and later joined Elvis and the rest of his band again replacing Shane Keister, for all of the 1976 dates and into February 1977. He was replaced by Bobby Ogdin in March 1977.
It was also during the late 60's David and Norburt Putnam opened Quadrafonic Studios, working with some of the biggest names in pop music. They closed the studio in 1976 and David opened House of David. His first caller was Joe Cocker.
David, from that first break at the age of fourteen, has developed in to a much respected and in demand songwriter, producer, musical director, sessions player and keyboardist. As well as sessions work, he has made hundreds of TV commercials and as musical director he is credited with This Country's Rockin', the majority of the CMA Awards, The Hall Of Fame Special and a two and a half hour tribute show to Minnie Pearl. In 1999, he was inducted into The Alabama Music Hall Of Fame. In all, David has worked for and recorded with hundreds of artists including Elvis Presley, Loretta Lyn, Bob Segar, Hank Williams Jnr, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt, Sammy Davies Jnr, Marty Robbins, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, James Brown and many more.
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Emory Gordy - (Bass Guitar)
Emory Gordy was born in 1944 in Atlanta Georgia. By the age of four, he was able to get a tune out of a piano and at the age of six, he could play banjo, guitar and ukulele. During Emory's school years he would make a point of dividing his free time and weekends between strings bands, Dixieland bands and also a top 40 Garage Band. When Emory finished school, he went to university and played the French horn in the university band. However, by this time, even though Emory had the knack of turning his hand to most things musical, it was the bass guitar that pulled his heart strings. He started his career as a studio musician in Los Angeles in 1964 and was asked to play bass guitar during a performance by Tommy Roe at a local knees-up. A week later he was invited to do studio work by record producer Joe South. Eventually the ever talented Emory was working with Tommy Roe, Rozzy Baley, Mac Davis, as well as touring with Lou Christy, Rufus Thomas and The Impressions. During this period Emory co-wrote the Classics hit Traces along with Bud Buie and James Cobb.
In 1971 Emory became bass player for Neil Diamond in his band and started touring with him. March 1972 was to be Emory's first time to work with Elvis and the rest of the TCB Band. The opportunity arose when Elvis needed a bass player to stand in for Jerry Scheff on some recording sessions. Ronnie Tutt had recommended Emory as a bass player. Together they recorded Always On My Mind, Separate Ways, For The Good Times and Burning Love.
August 1972 was the kick off to a ten day concert stint at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. There Emory performed with Neil Diamond and the rest of his band. The show on the 24th August was recorded live and released on an album Hot August Night Live. Emory joined James Burton, Glen D Hardin and Ronnie Tutt for the release of Gram Parsons Grievous Angel album and became an original member of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band in the 70's, along with James Burton and Glen D Hardin.
1973 saw the second meeting between Emory and Elvis. Following the Aloha Concert, Jerry Scheff left the band for a while and a bass guitarist was needed to replace him. Ronnie Tutt was asked by Elvis to recommend a bass player and as Elvis was already familiar with his work and background and had no qualms giving him the position. Emory remained with The TCB Band for the rest of 1973. He then decided to leave the band and concentrate more on and develop further his already active recording studio. Emory was replaced by Duke Bardwell.
By 1977, Emory had left The Hot Band and worked with Rodney Crowell and Roseanne Cash as bass player in their newly formed band The Cherry Bombs. He took a break in 1979 from the band and teamed up with John Denver touring Australia and Europe as well as composing the bass tracks for two of John's albums. He moved to Nashville in the 80's and expanded his talents to that of songwriter, studio musician and producer. He co-produced, along with Tony Brown, the breakthrough album Guitar Town for Steve Earle and joined Chris Hillman in the making of his album Morningsky, not forgetting his producing soundtracks for the films The Tin Cup, Switchboard and Kings Of New York.
During 1985, Emory met Patty Loveless. He soon had Patty under his wing by becoming producer of her records and shows. In 1989, Patty and Emory married. In 1992 Patty had to semi retire from singing due to vocal chord injury and rest. On the return to her singing, Emory produced and worked with her on her album Only What I Feel, putting Patty's career back on the road after such a long break. It is said that this is the best album of her career.
Emory is a highly respected name in the music industry and has won endless awards for his contributions to the music industry, which include being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame in 1997 and in 1998 was named producer of the year. He has made well over two hundred albums with various artists including Neil Diamond, David Cassidy, Roseanne Cash, Alabama, Billy Joel, Hoyt Axton, Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons to name but a few.
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Click here to see Emory on bass with Emmylou Harris and The Hot band.
Shane Keister - (Keyboards)
Shane Keister grew up in Portsmouth, Ohio. He learned piano at an early age and developed an interest in other keyboards after doing so. He soon mastered the synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, Fairlight and Fender-Rhodes. Shane was a fellow music student with the now famous world class Africa/American lyric soprano singer Kathleen Battle. As a talented pianist he soon became known in the music industry as a result of his keyboard work and writing for Amy Grant, a contemporary Christian singer. However, in his final years in education, he started to change his musical tastes and began to dabble with 'garage' rock & roll bands. This was the kick start to his musical career.
In 1976, he began working for Elvis. Shane replaced Glen D, who had left to play for Emmylou Harris. He stayed to do the first small tour of 1976 before leaving to do his own thing. Today, Shane is a successful sessions player, engineer, producer, composer, arranger, and conductor. He is an extremely versatile studio musician and has produced and played on countless albums and worked with some of the finest performers including Elvis Presley, Roberta Flack, Diane Schuur, Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Ritchie, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Olivia Newton John, Tom Jones and many more.
Shane has over 1,000 compositions in various music libraries for TV shows. He has been involved with as well as composing TV jingles (AT&T, SAAB, HBO, JVC, Panasonic etc). He also has several motion picture soundtracks under his belt including the Disney production Ernest Goes To Camp. A Grammy nominee, he has received three Dove awards, two Cleo awards and an Emmy. Over the last few years he has spent time working and writing with international singing star and song writer Melissa Marquass. Melissa's singing career progressed rapidly after she appeared on Queen Latifah's show. Both Shane and Melissa became engaged to be married. Despite his demanding schedule in the music industry, Shane still tours from time to time with different artists and is currently keyboard player with The Chuck Keiper Band.
Click here to view Shane's discography. Click sound file to hear Elvis introduce Shane and Larrie on stage.
Larrie Londin - (Drums)
Larrie Londin was born in October 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia. He grew up in Florida and returned to Norfolk in the 50's. He started his drumming Career by accident, an accident which incidentally turned him in to one of the greatest drummers in the world, up there with Ronnie Tutt to name but a few. In Norfolk, he began to play in groups and got his kicks from listening to Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps. He was surrounded 24/7 by rock 'n' roll music, inspiring him throughout his career. His first record contract was with Atlantic Records as a singer doing a very poor impersonation of Elvis Presley. It is said that his mother has the only surviving copy of this recording. It was also the decision maker in helping Larrie decide to 'keep his mouth shut' and stick to drums! He eventually went from Norfolk night clubs to hanging about the studios of Motown at the height of the Motor City sound. Larrie's involvement with Motown started when he and the band he was with at the time, got signed up to Motown. At that stage they would just hang around waiting for something to happen. They would hang around at the studios all day and still do night club gigs at night.
In the Motown days, Bennie Benjamin, a great soul drummer, would play drums on all of the Motown sessions and records. One day when Larrie was sitting in the Motown offices, the door flew open and Berry Gordon came flying in, telling Larrie that Bennie had just had a heart attack. Berry told Larrie to get his ass down to the studio and to play the drums, rather than the session be cancelled. From there it was working sixteen hours a day and making anything up to five or six records with various Motown artists. In 1965, Larrie was part of a 'White Garage' band called The Headliners and released a single on the V.I.P Motown label called We Call It Fun. Larrie eventually left Motown and worked for thirteen weeks on Tennessee Ernie Ford's TV show. From there it was to Nashville, where he went from being one of Nashville's only drummers to that of Nashville's Country Music top studio drummer. He was moving from Motor City to Music City! Larrie got the chance to work on a number of TV shows in Nashville and spent some time on Porter Wagner's show as well as working on the Grand Ol' Opry and Hee-Haw.
In was in Nashville that Larrie started to record with Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Charlie Pride and Hank Snow. This was when Larrie also got the chance to work with Elvis. He started to record with Elvis and The Memphis Rhythm Section in 1968. He claims that this was the biggest and most thrilling time of his musical career. He spent nine years recording and often touring with Elvis. Larrie replaced Ronnie Tutt on drums in March 1976 and the last couple of shows in June 1977. After his time with Elvis he got a call from Steve Perry to come and play drums on the Journey's album Raised On Radio, replacing Steve Smith who had taken over from Aynsly Dunbar. Steve Perry approached Larrie again at a later date to play drums and percussion on his solo album, Street Talk.
His achievements and accomplishments throughout his career, none of us forgetting that it all started by accident, range from touring with Elvis Presley, Andrew Belew and The Everly Brothers, from TV shows with Tennessee Ernie Ford, The 1992 Command Performance for the President, to recording with Elvis Presley, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson, Wilson Pickett, Lionel Ritchie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boots Randolph and more. The list is endless. Larrie performed at The Presidential Performance with Chet Atkins.
In April of 1992, he collapsed following a performance and remained in a coma for some months after. Sadly, Larrie died in the August of 1992 at the age of forty eight.
Bob Lanning - (Drums)
Bob's mother was Roberta Sherwood, who became famous in 1956 when she became a 'headlining' torch singer and entertainer performing with Mickey Rooney, Don Pickles, Joey Bishop and Milton Berle.
Bob we hear, came on recommendation to Elvis, working for him during the January/February second Las Vegas season. He also played in all of the shows at The Houston Astrodome. Elvis needed a drummer to fill in for Ronnie Tutt. This was because the Colonel didn't inform Ronnie that Elvis would be returning to Vegas after August 1969. Ronnie had a contract with Mike Post who was musical director for 'Andy Williams' at the time on NBC TV which had to be fulfilled. However, Ronnie was able to return for the start of the third season in August 1970.
Bob Lanning was a competent LA sessions man, unfortunately not much can be found about Bob or what he is up to these days !!
Click here to view Bobs discography
Jerome 'Stump' Munroe - (Drums)
Jerome was already a 'powerful' established and sought after drummer by the time he got his chance to work with The TCB Band. He was a session player within the Motown World and the regular drummer for 'The Sweet Inspirations' playing the warm up sessions before the starts of the show. Jerome filled in for Ronnie Tutt for three shows , Philadelphia 1971, Las Vegas December 1975 and Madison, WI June 1977. Stump was the ideal choice as he knew Elvis' routine and was introduced on stage as 'Stump' by Elvis when it came to band introductions to the audience.
Jerome over the years made several appearances in various documentaries about Elvis Presley talking about his short time with Elvis. He has worked and played for Wilson Pickett, Martha Reeves And The Vandellas, Gladys Night And The Pips, Ricky Nelson and more.
Larry Muhoberac - (Keyboards)
Larry grew up in Louisiana and by the age of five years, he could already play the accordion and piano and no two ways about it, he had music running through his veins. Fifteen years later he was working and touring with Woody Herman.
In 1959, Larry moved to Memphis. It was here that Larry first met Elvis Presley. He and his band played two of Elvis' charity shows. Not long after this, he moved to the West Coast to become a studio musician. At this time, Elvis was still making movies and he approached Larry to work on his film soundtracks. Larry worked on four of Elvis' films 'Frankie And Johnny' (1966) 'Paradise Hawaiian Style' (1966) 'Speedway' (1968) and 'Stay Away Joe' (1968). Larry's hands were also doubled for Elvis' in several movie scenes of Elvis playing the piano.
When Elvis Presley decided to return to a live audience following the end of his filming contract, James Burton had originally contacted Glen D Hardin to play piano. Due to other commitments, Glen D had to decline so James contacted Larry. Larry jumped at the opportunity and Elvis was happy to have him on board having worked with him before. Larry was also friends with drummer Ronnie Tutt, having worked together running a sessions studio in Dallas and Memphis. It was he who put a word in for Ronnie when Elvis needed a top class drummer.
Larry worked with Elvis throughout the entire fall of '69 Vegas engagement before leaving in Feb 1970. He chose to return to producing and arranging and playing sessions in Los Angeles. Glen D Hardin replaced Larry in 1970.
Larry Muhoberac is a respected composer, producer, keyboardist, arranger and musician and has conducted for top acts such as Seals & Crofts. As well as working for Elvis Presley he has worked and recorded with Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Streisand, The Carpenters to name but a few.
Larry packed up in 1986 and moved to Australia where he continues to produce, compose and arrange. He is married to vocalist/ songwriter Andra Willis and son Jamie appears to be following in his father's foot steps, as he too is fast becoming an ace keyboard player.
Click here to view Larry's discography
Bobby Ogdin - (Keyboards)
Bobby Ogdin was playing keyboards from the age of thirteen. He was vocalist and keyboard player for the Grammy nominated band 'Bering Strait'.
Over the years Bobby had become a well known 'zany' player but always maintained a reputation as a top sessions player, keyboardist, percussionist and arranger in Nashville working and touring with the top of country musicians including Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Judds, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Chesney, B.J. Thomas, Marshall Tucker and more.
Bobby replaced David Briggs on electric piano and worked for Elvis Presley from March of 1977 and all further shows. It is said that David Briggs had recommended Bobby to Elvis.
After his time with Elvis he became famous with fans of 'Ween' for being their bandleader with his own 'Shit Creek Boys'. Today Bobby is still very much active as a session player and is vice president of the Nashville branch of RMA (Recording Musicians Association).
From April of 1976 Elvis wanted to have two sets of keyboards in his band. This was because he wanted a bigger and better sound. Hence the reason behind piano and electric piano.
Click here to view Bobby's discography
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