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Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: james on March 25, 2005, 03:37:51 PM
Miles Davis (Jazz)

January 16, 1968 - "Paraphernalia" (Wurlitzer)
May 17, 1968 - "Stuff" (Rhodes)

The above two songs were the first commercially released songs from Miles Davis featuring electric pianos. They both appear on the album Miles in the Sky (Columbia CS9628), which was released in the fall of 1968 and reviewed in Down Beat (10/3/68): "By using the electric piano and having Herbie play the bass line and the chords with the guitar, and Ron also playing with him in the same register, I thought it would sound good. It came out all right. It was a nice sound." (Notes and Tones, interview with Davis)

The Beatles (Pop/Rock)

The Beatles recorded "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down" in January of 1969 with Billy Preston on a Rhodes (the only time the Beatles regarded another musician as an actual member of the band, hence the "Fifth Beatle"). He also plays the Rhodes on "Let It Be".
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Post by: geronimo on January 18, 2006, 05:41:13 PM
I disagree with billy preston playing a rhodes on Let it Be. altho he played rhodes on most of the songs on that album, let it be sounds like a wurlitzer. earlier than that, the beatles used extensively, the hohner pianet N on several songs, most notably "the night before".
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Post by: neland on February 24, 2006, 01:48:48 PM
...actually the 5th beatle is george martin. their producer who was regarded a member b/c of all the work he put in on their albums, especially sgt. pepper's which was one of the 1st big multi-track mixed albums.
Title: the real 5th beatle
Post by: geronimo on February 24, 2006, 04:25:40 PM
many people don't agree but yoko ono was actually the 5th beatle. all you have to do is look at all the photos of her in the studio with the fab four. she sang backup and played some drums when ringo had the flu. you can also see her on the ed sullivan show debuting the beatles in 1964.
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Post by: hrees on April 29, 2006, 03:22:04 PM
There must be earlier rhodes recordings than the Miles ones. The rhodes had been available since 1965 so someone must have used it in the 3 years between then and Miles in the Sky.
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Post by: careofcell69 on June 03, 2006, 09:49:07 PM
Quote from: "neland"
...actually the 5th beatle is george martin. their producer who was regarded a member b/c of all the work he put in on their albums, especially sgt. pepper's which was one of the 1st big multi-track mixed albums.


I was almost sure that Murray the K was the "fifth beatle".
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: james on June 05, 2006, 08:41:51 AM
In retrospect, I had the revelation while listening to the "Playground Psychotics" double CD that Frank Zappa must have been the Fifth Beatle, because he and the Mothers did significant work with John & Yoko, who were obviously influenced by Zappa as were all other progressive artists of the late 1960's, and by extension all of the Beatles, and even George Martin.  And since Frank had his keyboard players using the Fender Rhodes extensively not long after Miles, that must have influenced the Beatles to force Billy Preston into using a Rhodes on "Let It Be".  It all makes sense now.
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Ben Bove on June 05, 2006, 11:41:44 AM
but does it make dollars?
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Freddan on August 22, 2006, 02:57:48 PM
My two cents..........

I have a friend who worked at Apple studios at the time. He told me that suddenly one day a whole big shipment of all sorts of instruments came as a gift from Fender, including a Rhodes Sparkletop.

When George Harrison then called Billy Preston and asked him to be the fifth member of the Beatles, Billy just danced in, cleared the air and recorded "Get Back" with the band in January 1969.

On "Let It Be" he plays Hammond Organ, and on the rooftop concert, he plays the Sparkletop once more on "Get Back", even though there's a Pianet N much more visible behind George Harrison to the right. Billy is seated behind the Rhodes to the left of Ringo beside a brick wall.

Check it out:
Get Back ( Studio ) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnfAmz_Oah0
Get Back (B&W rehearsal ) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T30GybrOp1c
Get Back ( Rooftop ) :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jI7ry13wz4

Let it be : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oZYqAeIdYk
Billy organ comes in loud and clear at 00:50 and he is clearly seen playing it at 02:11-02:18.

Freddan

Additional info August 31th 2006!
I've now got more specific info about CBS' gift to the Beatles :

"Earlier in '68, Fender gave the Beatles a some FREE equipment but not as much as the rumours say. George got one tele and Jimi Hendrix got a strat and tele. George's tele was flown on a BBC coach seat and delivered to the EMI studios in December 1968.
In the summer of '68, Don Randall gave the Beatles one silverface Deluxe, a silverface Twin, and a suitcase model Rhodes piano. There were no guitars given away."

I cannot ignore the thought that the Rhodes was standing in the studio during fall 1968 without anyone playing it. I wonder if the Rhodessound influenced the way they wrote and played ( just as with Miles Davis ) and ultimately made George long for a keyboardplayer.
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Post by: Freddan on December 10, 2006, 06:36:57 PM
Some more great info ( from the Billy Preston orbituary in Keyboard ) as to why Billy Preston came closer than anyone else to being "the fifth Beatle" :

In 1962, while on tour with Little Richard in Europe, he was destined to continue his tradition of opportune meetings. They played at The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, and their opening act was The Beatles. George Harrison, who himself was just 16 years old, and the 15-year-old Billy struck up a friendship backstage. George asked Billy to come on stage and play with them, since his organ was already set up, but Billy was afraid that Little Richard would go ballistic if he did.

George seemed to have kept Billy in mind, for when The Beatles were at one of their lowest points, trying to get momentum going with the performance and recording that would become Let It Be, George saw Billy perform with Ray Charles, and grabbed Billy as he came out of the stage door and took him to Apple Studios to play with the band.

“When Billy got on the piano,” George is quoted as saying in several Beatles fan publications, “there was straight away a 100 per cent improvement in the vibe in the room. Billy didn’t know all the politics and the games that had been going on, so in his innocence, he gave a little kick to the band.” The sessions started going so well that John Lennon apparently suggested making Billy a permanent member of the band. Paul McCartney, still frustrated by the lethargy and uncooperative attitudes of his band mates, replied, “It’s bad enough with four!” But the sessions were ultimately successful, and Billy’s contributions are audible primarily on the Let It Be album, particularly on “Let It Be,” “Get Back,” “The One After 909,” “I Me Mine,” “Dig a Pony,” and “Dig It.”

“We were doing several albums at the same time,” Billy told us. “Let it Be, the White Album, and Abbey Road. A couple of tracks here and there. When I joined, they were filming everything, so I thought ‘Wow, what’s going on here?’ But they made me feel comfortable. They said, ‘Join in and play along.’ They treated me as a member of the band, and every morning we’d have breakfast in The Beatles’ office and stuff like that. It was fun.”

(http://myspace-743.vo.llnwd.net/00773/34/77/773327743_m.jpg)
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: MarvinGaye1978HereMyDear on February 11, 2007, 01:58:23 AM
there definetely was a record before miles davis started using rhodes.
Miles said that he was inspired by track "MERCY, MERCY, MERCY" by Joe Zawinul and Cannonball Edderly where Joe played Rhodes.
So he decided to use it as well and asked Herbie to play it on "Miles In The Sky" album sessions
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: MarvinGaye1978HereMyDear on February 11, 2007, 02:02:57 AM
"Paraphernalia" - track from "Miles In The Sky" was played on acoustic grand piano not on wurlitzer and btw it includes young George Benson on guitar.
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: SWANG on February 11, 2007, 11:21:23 AM
joe zawinul played a wurly on "mercy, mercy, mercy"....not a rhodes.

and it's adderly...not edderly.
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: MarvinGaye1978HereMyDear on February 12, 2007, 08:28:16 AM
unfortunately i dont have any records by joe zawinul except miles's album IN A SILENT WAY where he took part and Black Market by Weather Report.  ( i have all miles davis 60s albums except Jack Johnson) . i just read Miles said it was that way, so i am sorry i was wrong and thanks a lot for information!
Title: !!!
Post by: Freddan on February 12, 2007, 11:20:51 AM
Hi all!

Rhodes on record goes way back before Miles and Joe Zawinul, but there are very little known about this and very few recordings made. Don Ellis and Victor Feldman, as well as a few jazz guys like Eddie Higgins, were in early contact with Harold and I've also heard about a whole promotion album recorded by a cat with an arabic sounding name that slips my mind right now.

Vic Feldman hipped Joe Zawinul to the Rhodes later, since the Wurli was considered a real pain in the butt in those days. Remeber that the 200-models weren't around until -69. We're talking 112's,120's and 140's here, home pianos with tube amps and major tuning problems.
Anyway, Joe had been playing Wurils on and off since a few years and was attracted to the bluesy sound that inspired him to write "Mercy,Mercy,Mercy". A Wurly was also used to record the original studio verision of the song.
But from then on, Joe immediately switched to the Rhodes that was so much more reliable, loud and had a sound of its own.
All the live verisions of "Mercy,Mercy,Mercy" are played on a Rhodes. This is the reason for the confusion. ( Just as with "Heard It Thru The Grapevine".)

When Miles heard about the new instrument, he checked Joe out, but this is after he switched to Rhodes and wrote all those great Bitches Brew songs. There also was some confusion before people learned that "Electric Piano" could mean both Rhodes and Wurli and even RMI and/or Hohner.
The most sensational mix-up story is the one about Chick Corea being brought in to play with Miles for the first time. He still to this day have problems listening to "Filles De Kilimanjaro", since he hated the electric piano he was forced to play on that session. It's not hard to understand, if you consider him being one of the absolute hippest cats in the world and an absolute master of the piano, having to play an electronic, non-touch sensitive Rocky Mountains RMI piano!!!!???

We must go back to 1965-66 and check out local west-coast pianists to find early recordings. The Rhodes was not launched nationally to start with, and had a very slow first years.

All the best,
Freddan
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Rhodesman on February 12, 2007, 12:13:11 PM
I don't suppose that arabic sounding named cat was Sun Ra? I knew he used the wurlitzer as early as 1956 on the Album Supersonic Jazz. I'm not sure however when he started using the Rhodes. Although he is credited with using an electronic celeste for the spring 1965 recording of "Other Worlds" during the magic city sessions. Could the electronic celeste in fact be an early Rhodes Celeste?
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Freddan on February 12, 2007, 04:45:03 PM
No I didn't mean Sun Ra, it's another very unknown cat with a complicated name. I'll search for it, I promise.
Sun Ra is absolutely very likely to be a Rhodes pioneer too, of course.

He was the first artist ever to record with a Wurlitzer, "Angels and Demons at Play" back in 1955 or -56, and has always had a thing for electric keyboards.
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Pale on February 12, 2007, 04:56:44 PM
Ibrahim Abdullah?
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Freddan on February 12, 2007, 07:06:56 PM
No I don't mean Dollar Brand either. I don't think I ever heard about him playing electric.
The name I'm looking for might have been Italian or from Eastern Europe too.
I'll get back with it, when I've found it in my archives.

Freddan
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Post by: Pale on February 13, 2007, 01:33:05 AM
Quote from: "Freddan"
No I don't mean Dollar Brand either. I don't think I ever heard about him playing electric.
The name I'm looking for might have been Italian or from Eastern Europe too.
I'll get back with it, when I've found it in my archives.

Freddan


 A little digression: I have one of his abums, it's called "Blues for a hip king" (I think so). I'm certain he plays the Rhodes on a title tune, I'm not sure about the rest.

 When I think about it, wouldn't be weird if the first artist who used the Rhodes wasn't from USA, after all USA is where it was being made. (neglect everything if the artist was from somewhere else, but lived in USA at the time )
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Freddan on February 13, 2007, 02:51:26 AM
As I said in an earlier post, it's a fairly unknown U.S.westcoast guy with a foreign sounding name. I thought I made that quite clear, sorry.

I will get back with the name, which I got from Harold Rhodes himself, so I don't think we have to discuss it further.

I'd love to hear the Abdullah Ibrahim record.
It really should be listed on our Records & CD Reviews section on the Supersite.
Why don't you make an entry here? http://www.fenderrhodes.com/cgi-bin/records

All the best,
Freddan
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Post by: picassoface on June 03, 2007, 11:48:04 AM
"Yoko Ono debuting The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964"??

????

I missed that.
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Post by: jim on June 04, 2007, 03:28:37 AM
would it be,
igleboogle dibedyboggle?
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Post by: modorange on June 19, 2007, 12:39:37 AM
Let's cut to the quick here:

What model Rhodes did Herbie/Keith/Joe/Chick play back during the Bitches Brew sessions???
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Cob on July 08, 2007, 12:30:19 PM
my understanding is that bitches brew was recorded with silvertop models. the sessions were in august of 1969, so maybe they were early mark1's, i'm not exactly sure when the mark1 was introduced. but anyway my understanding (i think i've read it in several places) is that they used silvertops.
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Cob on July 08, 2007, 12:33:46 PM
p.s. the pianists on bitches brew were chick corea, joe zawinul, and larry young.
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Freddan on July 09, 2007, 11:13:30 AM
Hey!
What's important to point out here is that the first changes in sound in Miles Davis group ( Not the first to use Rhodes, but maybe the most important of all ), came before the lineup had changed in 1968 and Herbie Hanc**k was still the only pianist.  

May 17th 1968 they recorded with a Fender Rhodes Electric Piano for the first time. There was only one model at the time, the very first full size piano launched at NAMM 1965.

It was the original 73 key model with felt hammers and amp cabinet, later called "Suitcase". The terms Suitcase and Stage was introduced with the MkI models released in 1970.

Miles was given a Rhodes by Harold ( Just like the Beatles ), and that very piano was used both in the studio and live by all of his pianists around 1970. But my guess is that they rented electric pianos for these earlier sessions.

For instance Chick Corea had to play a RMI for his first sessions ( Filles De Kilimanjaro ). In 1967 Herbie played both Clavinet, Wurli and a Celeste for different sessions.

The big question is who used the Rhodes first on a recording, and even if Miles use ment more than anything else to make the Rhodes famous, he was definitely not first.

Let's go back to 1965-66 and search. It would be wonderful to find out what happened in the beginning.
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Post by: Loucas on November 16, 2007, 10:13:15 AM
DEAR FREEDAN AND OTHER RHODIES,

YOU HAVE TO CHECK THE JOE ZAWINUL'S RECORD : THE RISE AND THE FALL OF THE THIRD STREAM (1965)
THERE IS A SONG "THE SOUL OF A VILLAGE" WHERE HE START WITH A PIANO AND THEN HE SWITCH TO THE  FENDER RHODES AND ( NOT A WURLY FOR SURE ..MY EARS CAN'T LIE !)
 TODAY  I  DOWNLOAD THIS SONG FROM I TUNES TO CONFIRM THIS INFO I HAD WHEN I WAS READING THE COMMENTS FOR THIS CD ON THE NET.
MAYBE THIS CAN BE THE FIRST SONG EVER TO USE A FENDER RHODES..MAYBE...
PLEASE CONFIRM THIS IF YOU CAN .IT DESERVE IT...
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Post by: Loucas on November 16, 2007, 10:36:17 AM
HERE IS THE COVER http://www.freecovers.net/preview/0/7b56ce4cb5e9b6fe4668b755f2bee678/big.jpg
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Post by: Loucas on November 16, 2007, 10:41:17 AM
SORRY AGAIN : THIS IS THE ACTUAL COVER AND COMMENTS.

http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,190148,00.html
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Freddan on November 16, 2007, 03:47:20 PM
Hey Loucas, my man!
This topic is incredibly interesting and definitely one of the most "blank" sectors of the Rhodes history.
I'm afraid that Joe recorded "THE RISE AND THE FALL OF THE THIRD STREAM"  as late as 1968, and that although it's a marvellous recording and especially because Joes collaboration with Bill Fischer here is official and documented, it still doesen't preceed "Mercy, Mercy,Mercy!" wich WAS Joe's first recorded performance with an electric piano.

Sorry, but keep 'em comin'!

Freddan
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Post by: Loucas on November 16, 2007, 05:12:31 PM
DEAR FREDDAN.
WHATEVER YOU SAY IS ALWAYS SO RESPECTABLE AND I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY MORE ABOUT IT   :D
I JUST SAW THE DATE OF THIS RECORD AND THAT ARTICLE.WHAT WAS THE ORIGINAL RECORDING DATE OF "THE RISE AND THE FALL OF THE THIRD STREAM" I CAN NOT CERTIFY ...MAYBE THE 32 RECORDS LABEL KNOWS  MORE ABOUT IT ....
IT IS A MATTER OF INVESTIGATION ANYWAY !
BY THE WAY WHEN JOE CAME TO GREECE TWO  YEARS AGO HE SAID IN AN INTERVIEW ON THE " MOOD" JAZZ MAGAZINE : " I WAS PLAYING THE EL.PIANO BEFORE MILES USE IT 'CAUSE I WANTED A NEW VOICE,A NEW LANDSCAPE.
I REMEMBER MILES TRAVELLING TO MEXICO IN ORDER TO SEE ME AND CANNONBALL ON STAGE..."

WITH GREAT RESPECT

LOUCAS GREECE
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Post by: pianotuner steveo on November 16, 2007, 10:09:42 PM
The recording of Mercy.Mercy.Mercy I am familiar with is the Buckinghams version, played on a Wurlitzer. Was that Joe Z? Or did he record a version prior to that?  If so,did he use a wurli or Rhodes?
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Post by: Freddan on November 17, 2007, 03:19:50 AM
Dear friends Loucas and Steveo.
I love researching early Rhodes history, and at present I'm communicating with the children of Harold Rhodes, so I'm getting to know a lot of wonderful stuff from way back. The era surrounding the actual launch of the first full lenght Electric Piano from Rhodes and CBS at NAMM 1965, is however very poorly documented and there's no official facts anywhere about who started using it and early recordings.
I'd be wonderful if we together could try and find as much info as possible.
Unfortunately there are problems like the one with the recording date for the one that Loucas suggested. It's often wrongly stated as 1965, but that's impossible. ( b.t.w. Did you know that Miles never got to hear Joe play the Rhodes in Mexico? When he came down there, the village suffered a power outage, so Cannonball did the whole gig unplugged! )
The other question about "Mercy,Mercy,Mercy!" , is that Joe had written it, and saw a Wurli in the studio he was recording with Cannonball in. This gave him the idea to suggest recording the song. Shortly after, when going on tour to promote the album ( it immediately became a hit ), Vic Feldman told Joe about the Rhodes, and he directly switched to using that instead of a Wurli.
Title: HAROLD..
Post by: Loucas on November 17, 2007, 07:43:42 AM
I THINK YOU HAVE SEEN THIS: http://ep-forum.com/smf/index.php?topic=1067&highlight=
I HAD FOUND IT IN A FENDER BOOK.
HAROLD AT NAMM 1967

THANKS AGAIN FREEDAN
Title: MAYBE THIS ?
Post by: Loucas on July 23, 2008, 10:32:28 AM
Is this one of the oldest Rhodes recordings?
I didn't find any samples to listen.Any of you maybe know ?

Israel


  1/  My Funny Valentine          (Rodgers-Hart)                                         4.20
  2/  Israel                      (John Carisi)                                          5.20
  3/  Catherine's Theme           (Francis Lai)                                          5.10
  4/  Am I Blue/ Sonnyboy         (Akst-Clarke-DeSylva-Brown-Henderson-Jolson)           4.30
  5/  Never My Love               (D. & D. Addrisi)                                      3.00
  6/  Saturday Night Is The       (Jules Styne-Sammy Cahn)                               2.55
        Loneliest Night Of The
        Week
  7/  St. James Infirmary         (Joe Primrose)                                         4.00
  8/  Django                      (John Lewis)                                           4.45
  9/  Try To Remember             (Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt)                             4.05

       Produced by Creed Taylor
       Recorded at Van Gelder Studios
       Tracks 5 and 6 recorded on February 19, 1968
       Track 2 recorded on March 4, 1968
       Tracks 3 and 7 recorded on March 12, 1968
       Tracks 1, 4, 8, and 9 recorded on April 16, 1968


    J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding : trombone; Ron Carter : bass (2,5,6); Richard Davis : bass
    (1,4,8,9); Grady Tate : drums (1,2,4,5,6,8,9); Eric Gale : guitar (2,5,6); Bucky Pizarelli :
    guitar (1,4,8,9); Herbie Hanc**k (2,5,6) : piano, electric piano, harpsichord; Ross Tompkins
    (1,4,8,9) : piano, electric piano, harpsichord; Eugene Bianco : harp (1,4,8,9); Al Brown :
    viola (1,3,4,7,8,9); Lewis Eley, Leo Kruczek, Eugene Orloff & Tosha Samaroff : violin
    (1,4,8,9); Charles Libove & David Nadien : violin (3,7); George Ricci : cello (1,3,4,7,8,9);
    Phil Bodner, George Marge & Romeo Penque (1,4,8,9) : flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon; Walter
    Kane & Frank Schwartz (1,4,8,9) : bassoon; Bernie Glow (1,4,8,9) : trumpet, flugelhorn.
Title: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Simon666 on July 18, 2010, 05:04:54 AM
Well to bring up this old thread again ....

Bobby Jackson, 1966 album called "The Cafe Extra-Ordinaire Story", recently re-released :

http://boomkat.com/vinyl/319060-bobby-jackson-the-cafe-extra-ordinaire-story

The clips there all feature acoustic piano, but there's a track with the charming name of "Flick Fluck", check this one minute excerpt :

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=O89LV3Z9

Rhodes ?
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Post by: Tim Hodges on July 18, 2010, 07:03:18 AM
Quote from: "Simon666"


Rhodes ?


Yep that's definitely a sparkletop.
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Post by: Simon666 on July 18, 2010, 07:46:00 AM
OK, so we've got Joe Zawinul playing "Mercy Mercy Mercy" on a rhodes with Cannonball Adderley in July 1966

http://www.jazzdisco.org/cannonball-adderley/discography/

... and this Bobby Jackson album released that year. I'll check with my friend who has it to see if it's got recording dates on it :)
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Post by: Rob A on July 18, 2010, 07:56:32 AM
Pretty sure 1966 Mercy is a Wurli.
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Post by: Simon666 on July 18, 2010, 08:16:07 AM
OK word back .... false alarm! The Bobby Jackson album is actually July 1970, was mis-reported as 1966 in a few places ...
Title: Re: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Freddan on August 27, 2012, 04:15:30 PM
Hi group. Long time no see!
Joe Zawinul decided to record "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" because a Wurli was present in the studio. All other recordings of the song is on a Rhodes, since the pre 200 Wurlis were impossible to take on the road. So both Wurli and Rhodes are correct answers, but not in this thread, since this is 1967.

This clip, on the other hand, is sensational news to me! Check it out!
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&v=UuzFkQlpCyE&fb_source=message&gl=US
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Post by: Ben Bove on August 28, 2012, 01:49:54 PM
Wow '65!
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Post by: pianotuner steveo on August 28, 2012, 04:19:37 PM
I was just reading these old posts today and I need to clarify something for Beatle fans.

The Beatles only used a Wurlitzer electric piano on ONE known recording, which was when Nicki Hopkins played the solo on Revolution.(allegedly HIS piano)  They did not own a Rhodes yet at this point, and that was definitely NOT their old Hohner. Hohners did not have sustain pedals.

They used the Hohner on many recordings between 1965-1968, I believe. Getting Better  and I am the Walrus both sound a bit like a Wurlitzer but it has to be the Hohner, since they did not ( and EMI did not) own a Wurlitzer. Also, I have heard ( and own) the stripped down basic tracks of "Walrus" and it sounds far more like a Hohner. John played it on the first take.

Billy Preston played the Rhodes on the songs One After 909, Don't Let Me Down, and Get Back. I believe it was also used on other songs during the rooftop concert.

On Abbey Rd,  Paul played the Rhodes on Come Together. He liked Billy's and I believe they actually
bought two, one for Paul, and one for the studio.

Paul loves eps, and has used both Wurlis and Rhodes in his solo career. ( Live and Let Die (wurli) & My Love (Rhodes) are just 2 examples)

Once again, The Beatles never owned a Wurlitzer.

The EP that sounds like a Wurlitzer on the song Let It Be therefore must be their old Hohner pianet. It is definitely not a Rhodes.
Title: Re: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: Freddan on August 29, 2012, 02:53:56 PM
Hey!

My friend, Anders Henriksson, who worked in the studio with the Beatles during the Let It Be sessions, cleared all this up for me 6 years ago, which I also posted here in August 2006.
The Rhodes Billy plays was a gift from Rhodes to the Beatles, and it is clearly visible during the roof concert, as well as Billys first entrance into the studio for the Get back sessions, since every minute was filmed.
I'm not sure there's any Rhodes on the song "Let It Be", Paul on grand and Billy on Hammond, to my knowledge.
But this is way after 1965 when the Rhodes piano was launched, so it might be another thread.
Title: Re: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: earlywurly89 on March 05, 2013, 08:14:00 PM
Any body know any good blues tracks with some Rhodes or Wurlitzers involved?
Title: Re: Who was the first artist to record using a Fender Rhodes?
Post by: pianotuner steveo on October 08, 2014, 08:25:35 AM
In reply to Freddan's last post above, the EP on Let it Be is only during the little instrumental breaks between the chorus and the solo, and the chorus and the ending. It s not used throughout the song.