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Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Birfday, Emitt Rhodes!

Posted by on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Holy CRAP! Today is Emitt Rhodes 63rd birfday! Whoa. He's like, way younger than I reckoned! Seriously, 'cause he was a member of the Palace Guard and then the Merry-Go-Round in the mid-'60s. The Merry-Go-Round is the group for which he is prolly best known, y'all all know "You're a Lovely Woman?" He was prolly 16 or 17 when he wrote that song. DAMN. Uh...and he also wrote the slightly lysergic pop sike jam "Time Will Show the Wiser," a song which became a showpiece for a teenaged Fairport Convention, again...WHEN HE WAS A FUCKING TEENAGER! Anyways, after the Merry-Go-Round split he went "solo," writing and recording in his garage for a few years. It's impossible to pick the BEST Emitt Rhodes track, so... dig "Really Wanted You," a solid power pop jam from his Mirror LP.

In all, he had four solo albums: Emitt Rhodes, Mirror, The American Dream, Farewell to Paradise, they're are all solid. Sure, he's obviously lerved some Paul McCartney, but DAMN if his solo work ain't better than, well, where Wings chose to trod. At least I think so. Oh, The American Dream is a collection of older recordings Rhodes recorded while still under contract with A&M via the Merry-Go-Round. The recordings were nixed by Rhodes' former label, initlally, but then issued as The American Dream to cash in on Rhodes' chart success. After Farewell to Paradise he chose to quit performing/publishing new material and became a recording engineer/producer for Elektra.


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