Thursday, February 25, 2016

Vintage Video: 1971 Promotional Film for Emitt Rhodes' "Birthday Lady"

Emitt Rhodes broke onto the scene in 1970 with his self-titled debut album which Billboard called one of the "best albums of the decade".

Rhodes had initial success in 1967 with the group The Merry-Go-Round but, when the band broke up, Emitt continued to record for A&M in an attempt to fulfill the band's contract. A&M rejected the album and he took it to ABC/Dunhill who released the set which included the minor hit Fresh as a Daisy (1970 / #54).

Emitt Rhodes sold well, reaching number 29 on the Billboard 200 but his followup albums, Mirror (1971 / #182), The American Dream (1971 / #194) and Farewell to Paradise (1973) did not fare as well.

Rhodes continued to record but stopped releasing new material, instead working as a recording engineer and producer at Elektra. At the beginning of this decade, Rhodes once again entered the studio and started working, in earnest, on new material. While the 2010 and 11 recordings did not see release, he will finally put out his first album in 43 years with Farewell to Paradise, due April 18 via Omnivore.

Today is Emitt Rhodes 66th birthday and, in celebration, here is a promotional film that he did in 1971 for the song Birthday Lady from the album Mirror.