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Emitt Rhodes

Infobox musical artist

Name = Emitt Rhodes
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Background = solo_singer
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Born = Birth date and age|1950|2|25|mf=y
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Origin = Hawthorne, California, U.S.
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Genre = Pop
Baroque pop
Power pop
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Years_active = 1962 - 1973
Label = A&M
Associated_acts = The Palace Guard
The Merry-Go-Round
URL = [http://www.emittrhodesmusic.com EmittRhodesMusic.com]
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Emitt Lynn Rhodes, an American singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer born February 25, 1950 in Decatur, Illinois. When he was five his family moved to Hawthorne, California. Considered by many as "the one man Beatles," his recordings show a clear Paul McCartney influence in both vocals and musicianship. Rhodes began his career in musical ensembles The Palace Guard (as the group's drummer) and The Merry-Go-Round (multi-instrumentalist), leaving the drums to the expertise of Joel Larson.

The Merry-Go-Round had a recording contract with A&M Records when they disbanded in 1969. Rhodes recorded songs at A&M for a solo album to be entitled "The American Dream", but A&M decided to not release it at the time. Rhodes then decided to go out on his own and bought equipment to make a recording studio in his parent's garage. Rhodes recorded his first album ("Emitt Rhodes") in that home studio. He got a recording contract with ABC/Dunhill Records, who released his album, as well as the next two albums he recorded ("Mirror" and "Farewell to Paradise"). Rhodes got a $5,000 advance for "Emitt Rhodes", which he spent on recording equipment. His first album was a critical success – Billboard called Rhodes "one of the finest artists on the music scene today" and later called his first album one of the "best albums of the decade". The album reached number 29 on the Billboard charts. The single "Fresh as a Daisy" reached number 54 on the pop chart. Meanwhile, shortly after "Mirror" was released in 1971 by Dunhill, A&M decided to release their old recordings of "The American Dream", which confused record buyers. "Mirror" did reach the top 200 on Billboard's album chart. In 1973 Dunhill released Rhodes' final album, "Farewell to Paradise".

Rhodes wrote all of the songs on his albums. On "Emitt Rhodes", "Mirror", and "Farewell to Paradise", he played all of the instruments and sang all of the vocals while recording himself in his home recording studio. He used a four-track recorder for the instruments for "Emitt Rhodes" and transferred those to an eight-track recorder to add the vocals. He used an eight-track recorder for "Mirror", and "Farewell to Paradise".

Rhodes' contract with Dunhill called for an album every six months (six albums over three years) – a schedule that was impossible for Rhodes to meet, due to writing all of the songs and recording each instrument and vocal individually by himself. Dunhill sued Rhodes for $250,000 and withheld royalties because of his failure to deliver albums on the timescale required by the contract. "Emitt Rhodes" took nearly a year to record, "Mirror" took nine months, and "Farewell to Paradise" took over a year.

After "Farewell to Paradise", Rhodes left the music business as a performer and released no more material, except on compilations. He continued to record his songs in his studio, but they were unreleased except for one song on "Listen, Listen". He worked as a recording engineer and record producer for Elektra Records. He runs his own studio for recording other acts.

Rhodes' song "Lullabye" (from "Emitt Rhodes") was featured in the 2001 Wes Anderson film "The Royal Tenenbaums".


Studio albums
* "Emitt Rhodes" (1970)
* "Mirror" (1971)
* "The American Dream" (1971)
* "Farewell to Paradise" (1973)

* "Daisy-Fresh from Hawthorne, California (The Best of the Dunhill Years)":: "Daisy-Fresh" includes all of the songs from "Emmit Rhodes", six songs from "Mirror", four songs from "Farewell to Paradise", plus the single "Tame the Lion".

* "Listen, Listen: The Best of Emitt Rhodes":: "Listen, Listen" contains five songs from The Merry-Go-Round, one song from "The American Dream", seven songs from "Emitt Rhodes", four songs from "Mirror", two songs from "Farewell to Paradise", plus the single "Tame the Lion" and the previously-unreleased 1980 song "Isn't it So".

* The Merry-Go-Round: "Listen, Listen: The Definitive Collection" :: A nearly complete collection of Merry-Go-Round songs, almost all written and sung by Rhodes. The "The Merry-Go-Round" (stereo version) and "American Dream" LPs are included in their entirety, as are the mono mix of "Time Will Show the Wiser" and a few non-album singles. Not included are the mono mix of "The Merry-Go-Round" and the unique single mixes of "Come Ride, Come Ride" and "'Til the Day After".

* "Royal Tenenbaums: Collector's Edition CD":: "Lullabye" appears.

* "Time Will Show the Wiser" (with Merry-Go-Round)
* "You're a Very Lovely Woman" (with Merry-Go-Round) #94 on pop chart
* "She Laughed Loud" (with Merry-Go-Round)
* "Listen, Listen" (with Merry-Go-Round)
* "'Til the Day After" (with Merry-Go-Round)
* "Fresh as a Daisy" #54 on pop chart
* "You Take the Dark Out of the Night"
* "Live Till You Die"
* "With My Face on the Floor"
* "Love Will Stone You"
* "Really Wanted You"
* "Golden Child of God"
* "Tame The Lion" / "Those That Die"


* "Emitt Rhodes: Recorded at Home", by Kevin Ryan, "Tape Op" #33, Jan. 2003, pp 44-50.
* "Emitt Rhodes Song Book", published by Thirty Four Music Co., 1971

External links

* [http://www.emittrhodesmusic.com emittrhodesmusic.com] - features biography, music samples, and contact information.
* [http://www.angelfire.com/nv/Badfinger/BANDemittrhodes.html Emitt Rhodes Discography]
* [http://www.furious.com/perfect/emittrhodes.html Website about Emitt Rhodes]
* [http://www.scrammagazine.com/emitt Interview with Rhodes]
* [http://www.lacitybeat.com/article.php?id=583&IssueNum=33 Another interview from 2004]
* [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:okd3vwrva9ek allmusic.com] - Artist profile of Emitt Rhodes.
* [http://joel-larson.com joel-larson.com] - Drummer Joel Larson's site.

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