According to friend and record producer Chris Price, his career began in the 1930s, but Paul McCartney is one of the most critically acclaimed singers of the 1920s as a solo artist in appearance and power pop styling. Rhodes was 70.
A favorite of the then and now Los Angeles scene, Rhodes recently released an album on OmniVo Records in 201 Om called “Rainbow Ends” featuring members of Amy Mann, John Bryan, Susanna Huffs and The Gendefish, and New Pornographers.
One of Rhodes’ first rock credits, according to allmusic.com, was playing drums with emeralds, later renamed the Palace Guard. The group donated distinctive red uniforms and briefly had a back band for Don Grady, known as Robbie on the sitcom “My Three Sons”.
Rhodes’ next band, Mary Go-Round, had two top 100 hits on the A&M records in 19 & 67, “Live” and “You’re a Very Beautiful Woman”. “Live” was a big chart success, standing at No. 3 with two songs. -Titled Debut, the top end of the chart for the top 200 albums went to # 190. The group appeared on TB on ABC’s “The Hollywood Palace”.
But it was as a solo artist where Rod garnered praise from listeners and critics alike. Her solo debut at Dunhill Records, titled 19 Selfie, peaked at number 29 on the U.S.-album charts over a 20-week period. The single from “Fresh as Daisy”, which would have been at home on any Paul McCartney album of that era, was hit at number 54 and will be on the charts for nine weeks.
A multi-disc set of his first recordings, “Emit Rhodes Recordings 1969 – 1933”, published by Universal in 2009, collected his first four solo albums, First Mirror, “Mirror” (1971), “American Dream” (1971) and “Farewell to Paradise”. (1973). Rhodes’ Paul McCartney comparisons were later the subject of a 2009 document, “The One Man Beatles.” Produced by Tony Blas, this film, lasting just over an hour, is available on Vimeo.
It took 40 years for Rhodes to finally hear any brand new music from his ‘70s release. A cover of Bee Geese “How to Mind a Broken Heart” was an ice breaker in 2015, followed by the full-length “Rainbow Ends” produced by Price, published later and a year later.
Price said Rhodes tried to broadcast live at the annual Wild Honey Benefit Show in Los Angeles, where the actors recreated classic rock albums, but nothing came of it before. Price said he was expected to perform the Beatles song “Rocky Raccoon” during the Beatles’ White Album tribute to the music. “It would have been great,” he said.
Musician and friend Jim McFarland, whose group was present directly with Jimmax Rhodes, described him as “extremely, extremely kind.” … He’ll give you the shirt on his back, ”McFarland said.
In an interview with this author in 2009, Rhodes talked about all the comparisons that had been made between him and Paul McCartney and said that he did not object to them. “Well, that’s a true compliment. What can you say? He’s a great singer, don’t you think? That’s what I thought.”