Saturday, October 7th, 2017 Biff Rose live in concert Fond Object Records - 4th Ave 3pm // ALL AGES // PLENTY OF PARKING!!
What do David Bowie, George Carlin, John Denver, Tiny Tim, Pat Boone and Cat Stevens all have in common?? They were all influenced or covered songs by Biff Rose and now you have a chance to see Biff live in person at Fond Object! Check out more info on Mr Rose below via wikipedia, it's pretty unreal. Opening bands will be announced shortly. This is an early show so make it your beeswax to be out early!!
Bio: Born in New Orleans, Rose moved to Hollywood where he found a job working as a comedy sketch writer with George Carlin. Among other assignments he wrote for the Mort Sahl TV show. Rose tried his hand as a stand-up comic and eventually began writing songs, performing his own compositions on piano. His piano-playing demonstrated a solid versatility, ranging in style from honky-tonk to lilting melodies, his singing made no pretense of technical accomplishment yet his songs and performances emitted a genuine sweetness that appealed to many in the late 1960s.
Rose recorded his first two records for Tetragrammaton Records. Following the release of 1968's The Thorn in Mrs. Rose's Side, which contained his hit single "Buzz the Fuzz", Rose made 12 appearances on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show from 1968 to 1970. He performed his songs ("Gentle People" and "Myrtle's Pies") on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, He also appeared on American Bandstand, The Merv Griffin Show, The David Frost Show and Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark. He was master of ceremonies at the Atlantic City Pop Festival of 1969 and the Atlanta Pop Festival of 1970.
Influence: The song "Fill Your Heart", one of Rose's best-known compositions, was adopted by Tiny Tim as the B-side of his 1968 hit single "Tiptoe through the Tulips" before the release of Biff's own version and recorded by David Bowie on his album Hunky Dory (1971) in an arrangement closely following the Rose version. Rose wrote the song with Paul Williams: Williams later wrote that Rose was his first songwriting collaborator and his first connection to A&M Records, having arranged a meeting for him with the publisher Chuck Kaye. Rose and Williams also wrote "I'll Walk Away", from Rose's third, eponymous, record, and "Someday", recorded by Sajid Khan in 1969 (Rose having composed the music and Williams the lyrics).
Rose's songs have also been covered by John Denver ("Molly"), Vetiver ("To Baby") and Pat Boone. Singer-songwriter Cat Stevens has mentioned Rose as an early influence.
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