Cheryl Hardwick played keyboards in the Saturday Night Live house band in
She performed with the Zappa band when Zappa was a guest at SNL.
Cheryl Hardwick was on the very first SNL broadcast on
October 11, 1975, one of two keyboard players (the other was Paul Shaffer) hired
by Howard Shore to help drive the band's rhythm section.
A Juilliard-trained keyboard artist, Cheryl played organ
in the band for the first five seasons of the show and wrote many of the special
songs, then left to do other projects, including writing songs for "Sesame
Street". (Cheryl did return as an occasional fill-in pianist during the Tom
Malone era.) She also acted as Musical Director for the first time for a
short-lived Michaels-produced series, The New Show (1984).
Cheryl came back to the show full time when the SNL Band
was restored to its full five-horn, two-keyboard glory in 1985 (playing mostly
piano) and was appointed Musical Director in 1986. She wrote the majority of the
sketch themes and many other miscellaneous compositions.
May 20, 2000 marked Cheryl Hardwick's final appearance on
SNL after 25 years of sterling service to the show. During the closing credits
she accepted hugs from many cast and crew members appreciative of her very hard
work on the show.
Cheryl Hardwick contributed to the recording of The Wiz.
She co-directed the Saturday Night Live band with Hall & Oates guitarist G.E. Smith from 1985 until 1995.
She performed on Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" album.
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