American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer Emitt Rhodes has passed away. Emitt Rhodes was reported to have died in his sleep on July 19, 2020. No issue was related to his cause of death. He died at the age of 70.
Rhodes began his career in musical ensembles The Palace Guard as the group’s drummer before joining The Merry-Go-Round as a multi-instrumentalist.
He was the mastermind of one greatest albums ever in my book and he recorded the whole thing by himself.
Tributes Floods Twitter
It’s with great sadness to say the great Emitt Rhodes has passed away. He was the mastermind of one greatest albums ever in my book and he recorded the whole thing by himself. So sad! Hoped I might meet him someday pic.twitter.com/rT3T2rcQy4
— Patrick Tape Fleming (@ARPATRICKTAPE) July 19, 2020
Sad to hear of the passing of Emitt Rhodes…for those not hip to his music, his early solo albums from the early 70’s could’ve easily passed as McCartney solo album…he was a bit of a one-man Beatles and those albums are absolutely pop essentials #RIPEmittRhodes pic.twitter.com/Kj6WypMDU6
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) July 19, 2020
I’m sad to hear that Emitt Rhodes has passed away. I got to meet Emitt a couple times (in 1996, The Jigsaw Seen opened what was then his first show in 23 years) and last saw him at a BBQ in Echo Park on the Fourth of July, at least a decade ago. RIP.#EmittRhodes pic.twitter.com/FeNflgXBpi
— Jonathan Lea (@JonathanLea14) July 19, 2020
Peter shares—“Devasted to hear of the passing of the great @EmittRhodes A truly brilliant musician and singer songwriter who played all of the instruments on his early records, his work is timeless. If you haven’t already, dive into his deep well. Thank you for your gifts Emitt.” pic.twitter.com/Zq4DBHIfFc
— Four Trips Ahead (@FourTripsAhead) July 19, 2020
Few Things You Need To Know About Emitt Rhodes
He is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer.
Rhodes recorded songs at A&M to fulfill that contract, but A&M decided to not release them at the time. Rhodes then decided to go out on his own and bought equipment to make a recording studio in his parents’ garage.
Rhodes recorded his first album (Emitt Rhodes) in that home studio. He got a recording contract with ABC/Dunhill Records, which 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. Rhodes opened at the Troubadour nightclub on February 9, 1971, concurrent with a large earthquake that struck the Los Angeles area.