Tim Rose

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

23 September 1940, Washington, DC, USA, d. 24 September 2002, London, England. A one-time student priest and navigator for the USAF Strategic Air Command, Rose began his professional music career playing guitar with the Journeymen, a folk group active in the early 60s which featured John Phillips and Scott McKenzie. He subsequently joined ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot and James Hendricks in another formative attraction, the Big Three. Although initially based in Chicago, the trio later moved to New York, where Rose forged a career as a solo singer on the group’s disintegration in 1964. A gruff stylist and individual, he was turned down by Elektra Records and Mercury Records before securing a contract with Columbia Records. A series of majestic singles then followed, including ‘Hey Joe’ (1966) and ‘Morning Dew’ (1967). Rose’s slow, brooding version of the former was the inspiration for that of Jimi Hendrix, while the latter, written by...

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