Duke Bardwell Interview with Joe Krein

as aired on Elvis Express Radio



One day in 1973, Elvis Presley's drummer, Ronnie Tutt, appeared in the studio to record with Feliciano.

Tutt liked Bardwell's style and arranged an audition with Presley's band.

Presley hired him. In January 1974, Bardwell began to tour with "The King," playing for tens of thousands of people--in Houston, 44,000 at a single concert.

Altogether, Duke performed in 181 shows with Presley.

He plays bass on an Elvis live album recorded in Memphis and on a bootleg CD, "The Twelfth of Never," which made the Top 30 in England last year.