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One album wonders: The Merry-Go-Round

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 6, 2015 01:25pm | Post a Comment

THE MERRY-GO-ROUND -- YOU'RE A VERY LOVELY WOMAN • LIVE (1967)

This week's One Album Wonder is the 1960s baroque pop band The Merry-Go-Round, who released their only album in October 1967. Although several members played in the band, few would challenge the claim that the ringleader of the band was a prodigious then-teenager named Emitt Rhodes


The Merry-Go-Round, taken from a promo photo

Emitt Lynn Rhodes was born 25 February 1950 in Decatur, Illinois. In 1955 the Rhodes family moved to Hawthorne, California, drawn by a job in the aerospace industry. When he was fourteen, Rhodes played drums in a high school dance band, The Emerals, with Bill Leeder, Dennis Troll, and three brothers from MontrealDon, Dave, and John Beaudine, The Emerals split but Rhodes soon rejoined the brothers Beaudine alongside 

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One Album Wonders: Montage's Montage

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 21, 2014 12:59pm | Post a Comment
 The vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948 but the 45 inch single remained the primary market for the music industry until the dawn of the album era, which began in the mid-1960s. In that era, for any number of reasons, many fine musical acts released only one studio album. This series looks at some of my favorite "one album wonders."


One Album Wonders: The David's Another Day, Another Lifetime

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 21, 2014 12:58pm | Post a Comment
The vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948 but the 45 inch single remained the primary market for the music industry until the dawn of the album era, which began in the mid-1960s. In that era, for any number of reasons, many fine musical acts released only one studio album. This series looks at some of my favorite "one album wonders."


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THE DAVID - ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER LIFETIME (1968) 


In 1965, Chuck SpiethMike Butte, Tim Harrison, and Warren Hansen (on vocals and Plasmatarformed a band called The Reasons. Not long after, new member Mike Bird joined on lead guitar and they were renamed The David by their manager, Steven Vail. They recorded and released their first single on 20th Century Fox, the garage punk "40 Miles" b/w "Bus Token" in 1966 and it was a hit in Southern CaliforniaButte left before The David recorded their sole album, Another Day, Another Lifetime, which was released in 1967 on Vail's own label, Vance Music Corporation and mostly featured baroque pop-tinged and sunshine pop-infused psychedelia. The David disbanded in 1970 and all of the members (the oldest two then just twenty) went on to pursue careers in other fields except for Spieth, who died soon after the end of The David in a house fire at just 21. Another Day, Another Lifetime has been re-released on CD several times by several labels.







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