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Timothy Alan Patrick Rose (September 23, 1940 – September 24, 2002) was an American singer-songwriter. His recordings include some of the best versions of songs such as ‘Hey Joe’ and ‘Morning Dew’.

Tim Rose was born in Washington, D.C. Rose learned to play the banjo and guitar, and won the top music award in high school. His first band was The Singing Strings, which included Scott McKenzie, who later joined with John Phillips in a local group called The Abstracts, who became The Smoothies as well as The Journeymen.

In 1962, following a stint as a navigator in the US Air Force, Rose teamed up with ex-Smoothie Michael Boran as “Michael and Timothy”. Jake Holmes, Rich Husson and Tim formed a group called Tim Rose and the Thorns that was previously called The Feldmans. Later, Rose met singer Cass Elliot at a party in Georgetown, DC, and formed a folk trio with James Hendricks called The Big Three, changing their name from The Triumvirate. They soon landed a job at the Bitter End, a well-known folk club in New York’s Greenwich Village, along with Cafe Wha?, The Night Owl, the Gaslight, along with many musicians who lived at the Albert Hotel.

Their success grew, with appearances on national TV shows, and they recorded two albums: The Big 3 (1963) and The Big 3 Live at the Recording Studio (1964). Songs included the standard “Grandfather’s Clock” and an anti-war dirge “Come Away Melinda”.


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  • rainy-dog

    this guy was such a cheap hack. a serial plagiarist who very often took credit for the work of other songwriters. it's a shame because he was genuinely talented and he undermined it by being a sneak and a cheat, avoiding paying (and receiving undeserved) royalties that should have rightfully gone to the true songwriters of hey joe and morning dew. it's sad legacy to leave behind along with one's (admittedly fine) musical output.

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • grendelis

    Still missing you and your velvet voice.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • fuManchu69

    king lonely the blue

    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • iceberry

    Wow, what a voice!

    18 Jun 2009 Reply
  • william_benton

    Much love and respect for Mr. Rose.

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • Barbegris

    One of the great artists and anti war songs of the 60's - also Come away Melinda.

    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • StVal

    Oh, now there's no more morning dew.

    18 Mar 2009 Reply
  • grendelis

    We miss you Tim.

    19 Mar 2007 Reply

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