bassist, guitarist, producer and singer-songwriter who was with a number of
bands in the mid-to-late ‘60s, beginning with The Rockwells,
an oldies cover and surf-rock band that succeeded The Byrds
at Ciro’s, a Los Angeles club housed on the
Sunset Strip. They then changed
their name to The Leaves. Bill
co-wrote their debut single, “Too Many People”, with Jim Pons,
and it became a big enough hit in L.A. to get them on their way. He left the band shortly thereafter.
After a brief
tenure with Gene Clark, Bill was recruited by Emitt
Rhodes to join The Merry-Go-Round.
In fact, Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers hit the shelves in 1967, the same
year The Merry-Go-Round released “Live” and “You’re
a Very Lovely Woman”, both of which cracked the top 100. It wasn’t enough to convince
A&M Records that The Merry-Go-Round had legs, however, and in 1969,
they were unceremoniously dropped from the label.
In 1969, Bill
turned his attention to producing The Aquarians’ Jungle Grass and The Fields’ eponymous (and only) album,
and wrote “When You Believe” for inclusion in the Robert
Redford comedy, The Hot Rock. He re-united with Emitt Rhodes in 1971 for Emitt’s
debut solo album, The American Dream. In 1984, he dabbled in film again by
contributing “Nights of Fire” to the Robert DeNiro/Meryl
Streep romance, Falling in Love. He
was also featured in the May/June 1984 edition of Blitz in an article
entitled, “The Leaves and The Merry-Go-Round: The Bill Rinehart Story”.
his work appear on The Leaves…
Are Happening!, The
Merry-Go-Round’s Listen, Listen: The Definitive Collection and
the various-artists anthology, Original
Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era: 1965-1968.
Sonny & Cher recordings
A Beautiful Story (Sonny Bono)