Emmit Rhodes – With My Face on the Floor

Sometimes described as the ‘one-man Beatles’, Rhodes made four LPs in the early seventies that were written and performed entirely by him alone. But as a result of tying himself into a ridiculously tight contract that required an LP every six months, he stopped making music in 1973 and became an engineer. Which is a real shame because, as you can hear from this song (the lead track from his 1970 debut, and best, LP), he was hugely talented.

A breezy love song, its debt to The Beatles is, with the vocals and easy melody, more obviously a debt to McCartney – and is closer to what people wanted from the ex-Beatle’s solo career than he was delivering at the time.

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