Emitt Rhodes

“Really Wanted You”

Emitt Rhodes, considered by many as “the one man Beatles”, began his career in The Palace Guard and later The Merry-Go-Round, who debuted with their instant hit record “Time Will Show The Wiser”. His solo recordings of the early 1970s show a clear Beatles influence in songwriting, vocals and musicianship. When Rhodes began releasing solo albums, Billboard Magazine 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”. Originally, Rhodes used a four-track recording device for the instruments and transferred those to an eight-track recorder to add the vocals. Later on, he used an eight-track recorder from the get-go.

emitt 01 Emitt RhodesEmitt’s contract with his record company 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. Rhodes left the music business as a performer and released no more new material. He continued work as a recording engineer and record producer in his own studio, recording for other acts.

In January and February 2009, Italian director Cosimo Messeri shot a documentary movie about Emitt Rhodes. The movie, aptly entitled “The One Man Beatles”, was selected for the International Rome Film Festival 2009, and received standing ovations. In 2010 “The One Man Beatles” was nominated for the David di Donatello Award as Best Documentary of 2009. Its US Premiere screening took place in May, 2010, in Westwood, California.

Emitt Rhodes, along with Counting Crows’ former bassplayer Matt Malley, recently joined an ex-member of Fairport Convention, Iain Matthews, on a new version of “Time Will Show The Wiser”, arranged, produced and performed by Nick Vernier Band. This recording, initially released on Nick Vernier Band’s “Sessions”-album, marked Emitt’s first new release as a featured artist in almost four decades (for a direct song link: click here). Both Emitt and Iain recorded “Time Will Show The Wiser” early on in their careers, the song being starting points as well as signature works for The Merry-Go-Round and Fairport Convention respectively. The new version unites the two singers in an Indian musical setting.

Q&A with Michael Des Barres

“The One Man Beatles”

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