RIP Emitt Rhodes

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elmer

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One of my all time fave power popsters, Emitt Rhodes passed away today - he was 70. He was a very talented man sometimes referred to as a “One Man Beatles” - he became a tragic figure and a bit of a hermit in his later years. His eponymous album is a brilliant piece of power pop recorded entirely solo in his home studio back in 1970. RIP and thanks for the music!

 

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Damn, I never heard of Emitt either. RIP, brotha!
Emitt started out most notably as the drummer for The Merry Go Round - one of those label assembled American “Beatle” bands in the mid sixties. His good looks and songwriting/vocal talents soon moved him upfront and a solo career was started. The music scene was in flux and he decided to go out and record on his own playing all the instruments and singing all the vocals (a la McCartney). The album was released, started to get traction, and then because of label politics and several miscues dropped out of sight. A few more, less notable albums followed suit and eventually he left the scene and suffered several personal and legal issues - leaving him bitter and reclusive. He popped up every now and then, at local festivals and continued to work as a local producer and recording engineer. As a hero to the power pop scene, his fans included The Bangles and Jellyfish. Around 2007, an Italian fan who had just discovered his music set out to the U.S. to meet his hero and filmed a documentary, “One Man Beatles”
Soon afterwards, renewed interest and encouragement from his fans got him back, however reluctantly, into the studio for what would be his swan song, “Rainbow Ends” with contributions from Roger Manning Jr & Jason Faulkner (Jellyfish), Susannah Hoffs (The Bangles), Aimee Mann, Jon Brion, and members of Brian Wilson’s touring band. If you’re a fan of this style of what I would refer to as Power Pop, his catalog is essential and certainly worth checking out. His eponymous album “Emitt Rhodes” easily qualifies as a lost classic.
 
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Yes, this is sad news. Thank you Elmer for the info. I hadn't heard anything about this.
I fondly remember his group 'The Merry-Go-Round'. Still have that 1st LP. Excellent music, especially the song 'Live'.
May God bless his soul.
Here’s a little time capsule - the original, then the live version from the TV show The Hollywood Palace (w/guest host Don Knotts 😳) and finally the Bangles version from their debut album

 

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I loved Emitt Rhodes and followed his career during the early days, through his first 3-4 albums. Then lost site of him until an anti-war song (Tame The Lion) resurfaced years later on some other label.

He will be missed. I play his self-titled album at least a few times a year. Rest In Peace Emitt.
 
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