The Harden Trio Biography

A brother-sister harmony trio from England, near Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA, who briefly threatened to emulate the Browns’ success as a family act. It comprised Bobby Harden (27 June 1935, USA, d. 30 May 2006), who wrote many of their songs and his two sisters Arleen and Robbie. They sang locally as children and started their professional career, while still teenagers, as the Harden Trio on Little Rock’sBarnyard Frolics. Later they were featured on Springfield’s Ozark Jubilee, The Louisiana Hayride at Shreveport and in 1966, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The trio recorded for Columbia Records and early in 1966, they had a US country number 2 and pop number 44 with Bobby Harden’s song ‘Tippy Toeing’. Their follow-up, with the unusual title of ‘Seven Days Of Crying Makes One Weak’, peaked at number 28 but in 1967, ‘Sneaking ’Cross The Border’ made the Top 20. Their last chart entry, ‘Everybody Wants To Be Somebody Else’, seemed to be somewhat prophetic because, in 1967, Arleen became Arlene Harden and left to follow a solo career. Robbie also quit but for a short time Bobby sang with Onie Wheeler’s daughter Karen Wheeler and Shirley Michaels before the Harden Trio finally disbanded. Bobby continued to write songs and in 1975, he managed a solo Top 50 with ‘One Step’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.