were a Los Angeles
band, best known for the singer-songwriter Emitt Rhodes
and featuring Joel Larson
on drums, Gary Kato on lead guitar, and Bill Rinehart on bass. The band released only one album
, The Merry-Go-Round
(1967). "Live", the first single
from their album, was a top 10 hit
at both KHJ in Los Angeles
and KGB in San Diego
, although it failed to crack the top 50 on the national charts. Lovely Woman was their biggest hit, even though it may also have been limited to the Southern California area.
The Merry-Go-Round performed at the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival
in 1967 on both days of the music festival. They closed the show on Saturday June 10 and were the second to the show closer on Sunday June 11. This music festival is important because it occurred before The Monterey Pop Festival
but did not have a movie to document it for the ages (see List of electronic music festivals
"Live" was covered by The Bangles
in on their 1984 album All Over the Place
and "Time Will Show The Wiser" was recorded by Fairport Convention
on their debut album in 1968, a song still played regularly by Fairport at their Cropredy
A CD containing their only LP and other existing material was issued in 2005 on Rev-Ola Records
Their only album will be reissued in April 2010 by Sundazed Records, remastered from original analog tapes in high quality vinyl.
- - Band profile of the Merry-Go-Round.