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Harold Rhodes

Inventer, Inovator, Teacher.

Harlod Rhodes was the inventor of the most successful electric piano of it's day.

He designed and invented the "Fender Rhodes Piano" which became a trade mark sound during the sixties.

The instrument was used by most keyboard players of the time.

Rhodes had an early inerest in jazz music. He learned piano at home and also studued music at home.

He also became a teacher and by 1940 was operating a chain of piano studio's in America.

In 1955 he entered a partnership with Leo Fender, maker of Fender guitars and amplifiers.

While devoping "Hybird 32 note piano bass".Ray Manzarek of "The Doors" was probably the better known players of the unit and gave the group a unique sound. The two me could not come to an agreement on the design for a full electric piano. It was not until CBS took over Fender in 1965 that the conception was finally realise.

The Japanese were the demise of the Fender Rhodes with Rhodes himself losing the rights to the brand name.

This type of thing has happened too maany times and still continues to do so. This seems time wasted by the one that created the concept in the first place.

When you hear any keyboard sounding like a piano, remember the one who actually started the whole thing, Harold Rhodes.

Harold Rhodes died in 2000 leaving his wife and eleven children.

Part of this document was taken from the web site above "The Last Post" and we advise all to check the web site out for all interesting information.

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