Gary Hardy /  Memphis, TN

Gary Hardy

Memphis, TN

Latest Win:

Beale Street Entertainer of the Year 2008 on Jul 01, 2008.  

Latest Win:

Beale Street Entertainer of the Year 2008 on Jul 01, 2008.  


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Gary Hardy & Memphis 2

Gary Hardy Interview

Gary Hardy & the Memphis 2 at Blues City Cafe Memphis TN

Gary Hardy at Blues City Cafe, Memphis, TN




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Gary Hardy Bio

Gary is a native Memphian who has spent his life in and around the business of Memphis Music. At the age of fourteen he started playing in prominent local bands that included Rock City, Bandit, The ShortKuts, The Guiloteens and many more. In 1987 he reopened the now world famous Sun Studio after it had been closed for 27 years.

During his ten year presence at Sun as owner and Chief Recording Engineer, Gary accumulated credits as producer, engineer and performer with artists that include U2, Def Leppard, Rufus Thomas, Bonnie Raitt, Carl Perkins, Johnny Rivers, B.B.King, Booker T. Laury, Ringo Starr, Jerry Lee Lewis, and many others.

Gary earned two Grammy certificates for his efforts. He has also made many film and TV appearances including Late Nite with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show, The Cybil Sheppard Show and U2's "Rattle and Hum". He also served on a score of other radio, TV, and film projects as technical or music advisor.

In a public and educational capacity, Gary taught Memphis Music History at the University of Memphis and has served on the Board of Directors of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the Board of Governors of N.A.R.A.S. (The Grammy's).

Gary resumed his performing career with a four year stint on Beale Street with Gary Hardy and the Sun Studio Trio, as well as a tour of Belgium. Today he is once again performing on Beale Street with Gary Hardy and Memphis 2. This exciting band presents early Memphis Rock n Roll by Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and an uncanny tribute to Johnny Cash.


Wins   Key

Jul 01, 2008 Beale Street Entertainer of the Year 2008
Jul 01, 2007 Beale Street Entertainer of the Year 2007
Jan 16, 2006 Back Beat Tours - Memphis, TN
Owner Bill Patton recently authored The Guide to Historic Downtown Memphis for the History Press. He has always loved Memphis' creative entrepreneurial spirit and dreamed of offering tours that would capture that spirit. The opportunity opened up for him in 2006 when he met four well-known Memphis entertainers who supported his vision for music tours led by real musicians. Papa Don McMinn ("The Pale Prince of Beale Street"), Eddie Harrison (former Stax musician and performer of the Billboard Top 100 Single "Your Eyes May Shine"), and Gary Hardy (former owner and chief engineer at Sun Studio) were the original entertainers for Backbeat Tours Memphis. Their combined knowledge of the Memphis music industry from the 1950s to today allowed us to craft truly unique and exceptional tours. Source
Dec 01, 1987 Sun Studio
In 1987, the original building housing the Sun Records label and Memphis Recording Service was reopened by Gary Hardy as "Sun Studio," a recording label and tourist attraction that has attracted many notable artists, such as U2, Def Leppard, Bonnie Raitt, and Ringo Starr. Source


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