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Biff Rose

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Paul "Biff" Rose (born 1937)[1] is an American comedian and singer-songwriter.

Biography

Born in New Orleans, Rose moved to Hollywood where he found a job working as a comedy sketch writer with George Carlin working sometimes on the Mort Sahl show.[2] Eventually, Rose moved to songwriting.

Following the release of 1968's The Thorn in Mrs. Rose's Side, Rose made a string of appearances on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show from 1968 to 1970.[3][4] Rose performed on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,[5] American Bandstand,[6] and Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark. He emceed the Atlantic City Pop Festival of 1969[7] and the Atlanta Pop Festival of 1970.[8]

Music

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.[9] He performed his songs ("Gentle People" and "Myrtle's Pies") on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,[10][11] and appeared on American Bandstand,[12] the Merv Griffin Show, the David Frost Show, and Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark.

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), with Rick Wakeman (session musician on Hunky Dory) commenting that Rose "obviously influenced David".[13] 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.

In October, 2017, Indy Week criticized what it described as "blatantly racist and anti-semitic material" on Rose's website; sources connected with Rose described the material as a satirical attempt to make a statement.[14][15]

Full-length releases

  • The Thorn in Mrs. Rose's Side (1968, Tetragrammaton, re-released on Buddha)
  • Children of Light (1969, Tetragrammaton, re-released on Buddha)
  • Biff Rose [some copies titled Ride On] (1970, Buddha)
  • Half Live at the Bitter End (1971, Buddah)[16]
  • Uncle Jesus, Aunty Christ (1972, United Artists)
  • Roast Beef (1978, Pacific Arts)
  • Thee Messiah Album/Live at Gatsby's (1979, Pacific Arts)

References

  1. ^ O'Leary, Chris (2015). Rebel Rebel: All the Songs of David Bowie From '64 to '76. John Hunt Publishing. ISBN 1780997132.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-08-28. Retrieved 2005-10-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Columns: April 1969". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2005-09-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour - Episode Schedule". Smothersbrothers.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  6. ^ TV.com. "American Bandstand - Season 13, Episode 21: Joe South / Biff Rose / Rhetta Hughes". TV.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  7. ^ "BR's Classic Rock Photos - Atlantic City Pop Festival". E-rockworld.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-04-05. Retrieved 2005-09-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Columns: April 1969". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  10. ^ "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour - Episode Schedule". Smothersbrothers.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  11. ^ footage of which can be seen on YouTube."Gentle People". YouTube. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  12. ^ "American Bandstand - Season 13, Episode 21: Joe South / Biff Rose / Rhetta Hughes". TV.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-22. Retrieved 2017-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Hussey, Allison (2017-10-05). "Heading to Biff Rose Tonight? You Might Want to Check His Website". Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  15. ^ Waggoner, Nate (2014-08-18). "An Interview with Biff Rose, Truly Weird Part of Music History". Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  16. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: R". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.

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