Emitt Rhodes: The One Man Beatles

I’ve been looking for a copy of this documentary for years and just accidentally found it on YouTube. Emitt is the greatest rock musician you’ve never heard of. Like Badfinger and some other great musicians of the late sixties/early seventies, his career was killed by record company greed. Here is his story told by an intrepid Italian docmentarist who tracked him down…

You can learn more about him in his Wikipedia entry and you can listen to his music below. Compare this to McCartney’s solo albums in the playlist I created of McCartney and Rhodes songs from the same year and I think you’ll understand why people called him ‘One Man Beatles’.

Listen to this playlist on shuffle. Both artists were recording their own music and playing all instruments in these albums. I think it’s easy to make the case that Emitt was technically better than Paul in some of these recordings…

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